Sunday, 4 March 2018

More news from Netherlands
KlimaatGesprekken were featured in deVolkskranta, a big national newspaper, in February. What to do if you are depressed about climate change is in Dutch so use google translate or S3.translator for other languages. KlimaatGesprekken are mentioned at the start and end and there’s a quote from Rosemary Randall.

The article sparked more than 25 people who want to participate in the groups. This builds on the 200 people joining last year and the team of about 30 facilitators. This year they plan to triple in size, to about 70 facilitators and 700 participants. Facilitator trainings for April and May are almost fully booked now. 
More recently there have been TV recordings of KlimaatGesprekken  groups. The programme will be broadcast on the 18th of March. Updates when we have a link, and a circular to the riseup mailinglist too.
It was a challenge for the participants to really deal with all the different themes in such a short afternoon, with cameras present. In spite of that the facilitators managed to connect people, help them think creatively and created a non judgemental atmosphere. We will see which fragments the producer uses when it goes out.

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. …