Climate Knowledge into Action

As more people in your community take action on the climate and ecological emergencies, they will want to know more about the causes and impacts of climate change and ecological degradation and decline as well as what actions they can take and how much of a difference these will make. Increasingly people want to understand how climate change will impact them and others in their community in Scotland and around the world.

The accredited Knowledge in Action facilitator’s course will equip you with skills and knowledge to cascade down to your community group.

What do facilitators do?

SCCAN Knowledge into Action facilitators are trained to run the 4 two-hour sessions using the comprehensive set of materials that have been accredited with the Carbon Literacy Project. These sessions are designed to be engaging as well as informative. They will help your community come together to define and carry out new actions.

The facilitator shares the materials with the group and then guides activities and discussions which help people to process and embed what they have just learned. It is not a lecture, but instead a joint exploration of facts.

The facilitator training starts with experiencing the sessions for yourself over 2 half days, followed by 2 half days to explore facilitation skills and importantly to do some practice. The best facilitators are not climate-change experts but people who are good at listening and passionate about making a difference.

All of the information presented is in the materials. You don’t need to be an expert since you will be presenting information from experts. The sequence is:

  1. Sign up for and attend 4 half days online training (attendance in the 4 sessions is required to be able to use these materials)
  2. Add local information into the Knowledge into Action’s pre-prepared sections for sign-posting to local projects and resources.
  3. Recruit 8-10 people and decide how you will run these sessions:
    1. either online, in person or hybrid
    2. either 4 x 2 hour sessions, 2 half days, or 1 full day

In order to facilitate these workshops in your community, attendance at all 4 sessions is required.

If you are part of a community group we may be able to run a course just for your group, online or in person. Please contact us via email:

More about Knowledge into Action

Our Carbon Literacy course entitled ‘Climate: Knowledge into Action’ will tell your community members all they need to know to confidently discuss the climate emergency and describe the actions we can all take to tackle it.

The sessions look at the science, causes and impacts; consider what a climate friendly Scotland might look like and have plenty of time throughout for discussion. At the end of the sessions, your community members will have an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and the motivation to reduce emissions on an individual and community basis.

This training will help people to:

  • Understand the science of climate change.
  • Understand how the wider community and local area will be impacted by climate change.
  • Appreciate the significant changes we will all need to adapt to as Scotland moves to a low carbon future.
  • Identify practical actions you can take to reduce emissions and future-proof your organisation.

Knowledge into Action meets the Carbon Literacy Project Standard, meaning that participants may opt to gain Carbon Literate accreditation and receive a certificate on completion of the training.

Our ‘Climate: Knowledge into Action’ course is delivered online across four 2 hour modules:

  • Module 1 – Climate Science & Justice
  • Module 2 – Causes & Impacts
  • Module 3 – Adaptation & Action
  • Module 4 – Communicating Climate Change

The Course

This course is designed for you to offer free of charge to people in your community who are looking to gain an understanding of the climate and ecological emergencies and to learn what we can do to tackle it. It will equip people to confidently communicate the urgency for taking climate action, with the knowledge and ideas of how to take action. Learn about climate change and reducing your carbon footprint in this free accredited training – and gain a Carbon Literacy Certificate!

If you are part of a community group we may be able to run a course just for you, online or in person. Please contact us via email: