Climate Champions

Campaign to support positive environmental change, and the city’s aspiration to reach carbon neutrality by 2038.

Key Information
  • You can do this – suitable for students from all disciplines
  • Make a difference – develop understanding of one of the key issues facing the world
  • Access expertise – through Manchester Met’s Carbon Literacy Project
  • Apply your knowledge – with an outreach project with a digital or educational focus
  • Commitment – you will need to be available 10am to 3pm on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays between the 26th May and 19th June
Detailed Information

Manchester Met students tell us that they care passionately about the environment – and it often features as the number one in the Student Union’s barometer of student concerns. This Third Term activity enables students from across disciplines to use the Third Term as an opportunity to take positive and affirmative action. It is structured around the City of Manchester’s aspiration to achieve carbon neutrality by 2038 – twelve years ahead of the national target.

All students who undertake this activity will develop a stronger understanding of the role of carbon in environmental degradation, and the behavioural changes at various levels which are necessary to avert the problems that they pose. You will access the award winning Manchester Met Carbon Literacy team, with whom you will explore carbon literacy and the process of encouraging behavioural change. This will be supported by a range of online learning activities which can be scheduled according to your own availability.

You will then apply this understanding in a supported outreach project focused either on schools-based work with children, promotion to internal student and staff groups, or the creation of digital campaigns and resources aimed at the public in general.

Group Information

In making your expression of interest, you will be asked to indicate a group preference. The group you choose represents the particular specialism you will follow through:

  • Group ADigital Focus. Students in this group will receive additional training in digital authoring and social media management (no prior experience needed!). You will then work together in teams to deliver a resource or campaign plan intended to promote public understanding and behaviour change in issues relating to carbon neutrality.
  • Group B – Educational Outreach. Students in this group will explore ways of engaging young people in carbon literacy, and empowering them to represent the issue to families and communities. You will be trained to deliver two workshops in school, including some training by the creators of Carbon City Zero which was recently successful as a Kickstarter campaign.
  • Group C – Man Met Internal Promotion. Students in this group will work to support the university in embedding carbon literacy across the curriculum by authoring digital resources intended to be embedded in courses.
Additional Information

Students who complete this activity are eligible to attain the Carbon Literacy Train-The-Trainer certification by delivering some additional workshops in September. The activity is also relevant to students who have already gained this certification.

Students applying to Group B will be required to complete a full Enhanced DBS check to enable them to work with children and young people.