Zero Carbon Britain Course at the Centre of Alternative Technology
In Sept 2020 I decided to apply for a bursary place on the Zero Carbon Britain Online Course at the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT). The decision proved to be life changing and has set me on a new and exciting career path.
Zero Carbon Britain Course at the Centre of Alternative Technology

In Sept 2020 I decided to apply for a bursary place on the Zero Carbon Britain Online Course at the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT). The decision proved to be life changing and has set me on a new and exciting path.


A few months earlier I had made the decision to leave my role as Director of Marketing and Operations.  I had been working within the music instrument industry for several years but knew I wanted to start prioritising the planet over profit. A couple of years prior to this, I had become more and more aware of the accelerating environmental crisis and knew I wanted to commit my time and energy into taking more positive action. However, at the time I wasn’t sure which direction to go in. My professional and academic background is in music and marketing and despite having some transferable skills and being actively involved in local environmental groups, I knew changing careers into a the kind of role I wanted wouldn’t be easy.


CAT was recommended to me by my partner who had visited the centre several times in the past. Upon researching the centre, I discovered they offered several short courses. As I was transitioning careers, I saw they were offering a limited number of bursary places for their Zero Carbon Britain course. They asked me why I should be given a place, and what I intended to do with the skills and knowledge I'd gain from the course. I explained my situation and informed them of my commitment to making a life change to work towards a better future. A few weeks later I was extremely excited to receive an email confirming my place! 


 The course was inspirational! The structure was extremely well thought out and the content was delivered in an interesting and thought-provoking manner by fantastic presenters and guest speakers. I came away feeling extremely motivated, with a far better understanding of the ‘wicked’ problems we’re facing with climate change and the ‘wicked’ solutions we have to tackle them. 

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Screenshot from the Zero Carbon Britain Online Course

One of the key messages I came away with was 'if you can’t imagine a better future then you can’t create one.' But perhaps the most valuable lesson was understanding the importance of creativity in helping to change the narrative of climate change. This really struck a chord with me! 


During the course I was told about a charity called the Carbon Literacy Project that educates individuals and organisations on how they can reduce their carbon footprint. I have since completed the training and gained my carbon literacy certification. I’m now the founder of ClimateEQ and have written my own accredited carbon literacy course aimed at mobilising the music industry into changing its narrative on climate change and lowering its carbon emissions. It’s an industry very close to my heart and, as I learnt at CAT, one of the most powerful ways to reach people is through culture and creativity. 


I chose the name ClimateEQ because EQ is used within music to manipulate the frequency content, so everything is balanced and clear. I believe the principles of EQ (less is more, subtract before you add) have many parallels with how we need to approach a ‘wicked’ problem, such as climate change. EQ also represents emotional intelligence. I believe this is a vital skill for people to develop in order to navigate the complexity of the environmental crisis and to manage the behaviour change required to make the lasting changes that are needed to protect our futures.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank CAT for inspiring me to take action and would highly recommend their courses, and resources, to anyone interested in learning more about the environment. 


 Centre of Alternative Technology 

 Tel: 01654 705950 

 https://cat.org.uk/info-resources/zero-carbon-britain/

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