Carbon-wise, Penny-wise

Ref: C3839513

This course offers a chance to explore together how we can help the planet, our communities and ourselves in a time of austerity, by reducing our carbon footprints, creating sustainable communities and living more fully with less stuff.

Additional information about this course

Carbon-wise, Penny-wise - How to help the planet and yourself in a time of austerity A look at practical ways of saving energy and money and living more sustainably.

Course aim

To explore together how we can help the planet, our communities and ourselves in a time of austerity, by reducing our energy use and living more fully with less stuff.

Who is the course for?

Everyone is welcome! No previous experience experience/qualifications required.

What topics will this course cover

> Carbon footprints - what they are and how to measure yours. > Creating sustainable communities based on a culture of sharing, co-operation and fun. > Where and how we can save energy (and money) - a look at the following aspects of our lives: * food choices and food waste * energy and water use in the home * things we buy (clothes, gadgets etc) * transport * entertainment & holidays > Creating personal action plans for "living more with less" and reducing our carbon footprints.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Explain what a carbon footprint is and why it matters. 2. Describe some of the practical steps individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint and to "live more with less". 3. Give examples of community projects which through sharing and co-operation, enable people to "live more with less". 3. Devise a personal action plan for reducing their own (or their family's) carbon footprint and for "living more with less"..

How will I know I'm making progress?

The course is participatory and will encourage students to share and learn from each others' experiences (as far as you feel comfortable with this). Activities may include: work in pairs and small groups, reflection and discussion, idea-storms, case studies, quizzes, short presentations and watching and discussing short films etc. You will be invited to assess your own progress using the WEA Individual Learning Plan. Your tutor will also assess your learning by observing your participation in exercises and will give you informal feedback on your progress. There are no formal tests or exams.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Please bring a warm/waterproof jacket and comfortable/waterproof shoes, as we may spend a short time outside (unless prevented by the weather!). Also please bring your lunch. You are welcome to bring food to share, if you'd like to. However, if you have a specific diet, make sure you bring enough for your own needs.

Reading and information sources

Not essential.

What could the course lead to?

Further WEA courses such as: "Too Big to Fail': the banks, the NHS or the climate?" - A look at the assumptions and values underpinning our current economic and banking systems; the links with austerity and climate change; and some inspiring alternative approaches from around the world. Saturdays 11th & 25th February 2017. Course reference: C3839514. "Introduction to Permaculture" - An insight into this inspiring approach to sustainable living and offers practical examples of what can be achieved in urban areas. Saturdays 11th & 25th March 2017. Course reference: C3839802. The course will also highlight opportunities for involvement in local community projects.

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