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Our Course

Our course and curriculum are designed by Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel.
Cle-Anne is an international sustainability expert, Australian national award-winning educator, co-founder of Australia's first ever Carbon Literacy program, and expert in case-based training and learning.

 

Course Philosophy

Our aim is to inspire organisational leaders and their teams to understand the implications of climate change and sustainability more broadly, and to give them the language and a starter pack of tools to act. We want to show organisations that they can start now on their journey to Net Zero with a single step - carbon literacy!

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Learning Goals

Corporate Carbon is delivered with four learning and action goals in mind: 

2 goals focused on individual understanding and responsibility

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2 goals focused on collective and organisational understanding and responsibility.

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What should I know?

Understand the basic science of the carbon cycle, climate change and sustainability.

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What can I do?

Plan and model real-life individual and systemic solutions, then take action.

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What should we know?

Demystify jargon around carbon sources and sinks, including emission scopes, offsets, carbon neutrality, etc.

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What can we do?

Discuss a decarbonisation Action Plan for a real-life organisation.

The activities in this course are designed to encourage you, and provide your organisation with the basic tools needed to act on climate change.

 
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Learning Journey

This course is the first step on your organisational journey towards a low-carbon future. It provides an enhanced learning experience tailored to the needs of your organisation through 8 hours of training:

2 hours pre-work (self-directed, online); and

6 hours live workshops (2 half-days).

 

Self-Study and Preparation 1

You will learn the science and economics of climate change. You will be supported to understand the scope of your organisational carbon responsibilities. This will include understanding the societal impacts, within Australian and global natural and economic environments. You will calculate a carbon footprint in preparation for the first live session.

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Doughnut Economics & MIT Simulation

Your facilitator will lead you through a discussion of your calculated carbon footprint and the concrete actions you can take to reduce it. This discussion will be combined with an introduction to the Doughnut Economics framework, alongside an understanding of the trade-offs enroute to a low-carbon future.

You will also use MIT’s acclaimed EN-ROADS simulator to simulate a Conference of the Parties (COP) conference and devise a policy mix to transition the world to a future with a temperature increase below 1.5C. The first session concludes with a comparison to Australia's own simulated future, and a discussion of the latest national net-zero plan, i.e. “The Australian Way”.

Self-Study and Preparation 2

This module focuses explicitly on the preparation of a prescribed case study of a real organisation. Resources include: a glossary of key decarbonisation terms, and an overview of the Drawdown framework.


Your organisation has the option to prepare your own carbon (and other sustainability) information or project as the case study for discussion during the course. If this is the case, we will ask you to supply the relevant information in advance, to give our facilitators enough time to prepare.

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Case Study &

Low Carbon Action Plan

The final module of the course has three focal points:

  1. Understand the Drawdown framework for carbon sources and sinks, and how these relate to your organisation's responsibilities within its value chain.

  2. Discuss the real-life case of an organisation undergoing its low-carbon transition. You will be encouraged to discuss the case using climate change and decarbonisation language. You will propose an Action Plan or draft course of action for the organisation. Alternatively, your organisation can request a bespoke Carbon Literacy training experience based on your own carbon data and/or organisational circumstances. You and your team will then devise a course of action for your own organisation.

  3. Present a 30-second ‘elevator pitch’ at the end of the program, which effectively communicates the implications of climate change, with accompanying solutions.

Carbon Pledge

If you wish to be certified, you can choose to write and submit a ‘Carbon Pledge’ upon completing the course.


ThinkZero will submit your pledge on your behalf for certification. Your 'Carbon Pledge' must cover the following three aspects: (1) societal solutions; (2) individual actions you intend to take; and (3) group action you intend to lead or contribute to.

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