Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Conversations carbone

Susana Jourdan at "Artisans de la Transition" writes

"Last year we were very busy in our project to diffuse cc here in the French part of Switzerland. We were able to train 32 new facilitators last November. So we are now 40 trained facilitators and we are all doing our best to have all of them running at least one group in 2018.
We have also almost finished the translation / adaptation of the materials and should be able to edit them with a graphic layout and new pictures. Thank you very much again to you both to make this possible."
Anyone interested in the French translation of the material can get in touch with Susana.

Monday, 16 October 2017

News from Finland

M.A. Mikko Valtonen is a doctoral researcher, elementary school teacher and adult educator from Finland. In his current work, Valtonen is unifying Carbon Conversations approach to Finnish national curricula. The aim of this action study is to create a comprehensive program for Finnish basic education to achieve its curriculum-based teaching task on ecosocially civilized behaviour and sustainable lifestyle.
The doctoral research is connected to a larger project called The Climate Love Story.  The mission of this project is with stakeholders to create a new kind of online service for citizens, households and schools. The social networking service is created to encourage and help in reducing carbon footprint and rapidly strengthen the action competence to sustainable life nationally in Finland and internationally. The vision of this project is a global community: one hundred million people learning sustainable well-being in friendly social networking service by the year 2030.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Facilitator Training in Lancaster - Update

++ Jan is also running pilot group of  4 sessions as part of Learning at the Mill, Starting on Thursday, 12th October. ++

This two-day training on Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd December is being offered at Halton Mill, Lancaster for facilitators to support community groups who wish to begin their own Carbon Conversations groups.    

Carbon Conversation groups are run by a pair of facilitators, so it is best if you have someone else in your area who has already trained or who can come to this training. 

 It is best if you have already participated in a CC group before doing this training. If you have not had an opportunity to do so we may also hold a pre-training day to ensure people are familiar with how a Carbon Conversations group works.

To book your place, or if you have any questions, please contact Jan Maskell on  07715712992 or
2-3 Dec. 2017, 9:00 – 17.00, lunch and materials provided; £200 per person.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Zero Carbon Conversations

Zero Carbon YorkshireCarbon Conversations Leeds has been involved in starting this exciting new organisation.  Building on the Centre for Alternative Technology's Zero Carbon Britain: 'Making It Happen' , ZCY is developing a wide network of public, voluntary and private sector organisations and individuals to collaborate on a plan and actions to get to zero carbon Yorkshire. The plan will be digital, transparent and crowd sourced from commitments and plans across the region, and a funding strategy proposes employing a range of champions to support working groups and communities. Community Champions will be trained as Carbon Conversations facilitators to support neighbourhoods and communities across Yorkshire. For more information email

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

KlimaatGesprekken in Netherlands
have groups in Amsterdam (several), Utrecht (several), Alkmaar, Haarlem, Leiden, Amersfoort, and more to come in Holland right now. Through social media and our newsletter our monthly reach is about 500 people right now. And we had four (local) press releases this year so far.

We are participating in a contest for green start ups with this short pitch

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Conversations in California

I have had a wonderful email form Patrick Carr, from Arcata, California, who is running a series of groups called "Climate Conversations" for the local City of Arcata Recreation Division. We sent him a package of materials earlier in the year, and now he writes:

“I adapted the material and the group structure pretty significantly to be more appropriate to American (and specifically, Arcatan) audiences. I produced a The groups ran weekly for six weeks; I don't find many people who can reliably keep track of and attend meetings held every other week, nor a series that runs for more than six weeks (unless it's required for work or education). I think Americans may have a shorter attention span that Brits possess. …

Monday, 10 April 2017

What's Happening


We have been collaborating  with the group Klimaatgesprekken in The Netherlands, who have been adapting the international handbook for their own "Climate Conversations". They already have a team of experienced facilitators and are organising another training, with help from colleagues in the UK, in June. 

a Tale of 2 Futures

Domspain Consulting in Spain are also adapting the CC materials as part of an EU Erasmus+ project. In 2016, The Surefoot Effect from the UK, Dom Spain from Spain and Ziniu Kodas from Lithuania, have secured €180,000 worth of funding for a 3-year long project with a focus on communicating solutions to energy issues and climate change at the local, European and national levels. The programme will be adapted to the cultural contexts of Spain and Lithuania and new guides in both Spanish and Lithuanian will be produced.


Having successfully run facilitator training and a pilot groups in Biovallée and the Drôme valley,the International Handbook is now being adapted by the LaRevueDurable in France and Switzerland to develop a French language project in Europe.

Introduction to Carbon Conversations in Brighton

This course for those wishing to facilitate Carbon Conversations groups will be taking place on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of June with an introductory day on Friday the 9th for those who have not yet participated in a CC group.  The course will be held at Brighton Peace and Environment Centre which is just a stone's throw from the beach so grab your workbook and sunscreen and sign up for the last place on the course.  please contact


 A workshop around Carbon Conversations, presented by Peterborough in Transition and British Psychological Society on the 15th May. Free, but please register.

International interest

We have also had enquiries from groups in Finland, the WWW in Hong Kong and  an EU Horizons 2020 project in France.


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