10 August 2020 - Glasgow is first local authority in Scotland to launch climate emergency training
The council's Sustainability Team have been working in association with Keep Scotland Beautiful, to develop a bespoke Climate Emergency Training course which launches this week.
The course enables learners to find out about the causes of climate change and how it will impact Glasgow as well as the strategies the council might implement to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Each participant will be awarded with official Carbon Literate accreditation upon successful completion of the course.
Gavin Slater, Head of Sustainability, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability said: "We are the first local authority in Scotland to offer the training, which will initially be undertaken by elected members before being rolled out and offered to the wider council family in October.
"The course is one of the 61 recommendations that were identified to help elected leaders respond to the growing risks of climate change, after the council declared a climate and ecological emergency in May 2019.
"The training will help to establish a common understanding and a common language in relation to addressing the climate emergency.
Gavin added: "Alongside the course we have been working closely with the Service Development and Innovation team and technology company Reshape, to incorporate a brand new carbon management app. This will allow learners to calculate their own carbon footprint making the course bespoke for the user.
"The app also offers support to enable users to reduce their personal impact on climate change and connects them with further resources.
"The app will be piloted along with the course making it a really engaging experience for the user.
"We will provide details in due course, on how staff can sign up to participate in the training when it is rolled out in October."
To find out more about what the council and our partners are doing about climate change, please visit:
• View our Carbon Management Plan
• Find out more about Sustainable Glasgow
• Find out more about our plans to become a Carbon Neutral City
• Find out more about Climate Ready Clyde