Carbon Literacy Training

24 May–8 Jun 2021

Cut your carbon footprint, gain knowledge and insights from a professional trainer and join like-minded people with our carbon literacy workshops.

Opera North is a company with a global outlook, and we believe it is our responsibility to put environmental thinking and action at the heart of what we do. From eco-friendly event transport to integral changes in our building and fully recyclable sets for Not Such Quiet Girls and upcoming Alcina, our award-winning Green Team is a catalyst for positive change. One of our key actions has been training all staff to become carbon literate, the first opera organisation to do this.

With all Opera North staff now happy recipients of their certificates, we’re delighted to be able to offer this great opportunity to you, our supporters. Opera North’s Senior Technician, Jamie Saye, will guide you through the course, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience. A certified Carbon Literacy trainer, Jamie is the co-founder of Sustainable Arts in Leeds (SAIL,) a not-for-profit organisation tackling climate change.

“Jamie is a really engaging trainer, making complex issues easy to understand and driving awareness of how to make a positive impact on the world.”

– Participant

  • Online

How to book
See ‘Dates & times‘ below

Dates & Times

Course 1:

Includes two sessions.
Session 1: Monday 24 May 11am – 12.30pm
Session 2: Tuesday 25 May 11am – 12.30pm

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Course 2:

Includes two sessions.
Session 1: Tuesday 8 June 7pm – 8.30pm
Session 2: Wednesday 9 June 7pm – 8.30pm

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What you'll gain from the course

  • Cut your carbon footprint.
  • A recognised certificate in Carbon Literacy.
  • A greater awareness and understanding of what it means to be carbon literate.
  • The knowledge and tools to create positive environmental change.
  • A space to interact with fellow Opera North supporters to discuss topics important to everyone.
  • The chance to become part of a community working together to create a zero carbon/zero waste future.

Read more about our sustainability promise and our new building here.


What will be included in the course?

The training session will cover:

  • The science behind climate change
  • What it means to be net zero carbon
  • How we can achieve net zero as a society
  • How we can achieve net zero as an industry
  • What we can do as individuals, both in our own lives and within our organisations

How is it delivered?

The training has been developed and will be delivered by Jamie Saye, a certified Carbon Literacy trainer. The course has been developed by Jamie and checked and approved for delivery by the Carbon Literacy project.

The training session will be split into 3 parts:

  • Part 1: self-guided learning on the science behind climate change (approx 3.5 hours)
  • Part 2: Zoom call with Jamie on what action is already being taken nationally and within the cultural industries (1.5 hours)
  • Part 3: Zoom call with Jamie on what actions we can take as individuals, within organisations or any other setting (1.5 hours)

At the end of the training session, each participant will then complete a participant details form where they will pledge 2 actions that they are going to take as a result of the training.

Each participant will then be awarded with a uniquely numbered certificate awarded by the Carbon Literacy project which certifies that the learner is a Carbon Literate citizen.

For more information on Carbon Literacy, visit

How do I download Zoom?

To download Zoom onto your desktop, follow this link:


  1. Click the link
  2. A web page should open. If you have Zoom on your device, click launch If you don’t have Zoom, follow the below steps

If you don’t have Zoom on your device:

  1. Click join from your browser. If you can’t see this option, click on the download & run Zoom button, and then click join from your browser at the bottom of the screen
  2. Follow the on screen instructions to enter your name and/or email address, and prove you’re not a robot
  3. You will then be taken to the Zoom call

I’ve downloaded Zoom, how do I join the Zoom call?

To join the call, please click the link from your email, which should open in your web browser. Your browser will then prompt you to open Zoom (if you have it installed on your device) or to join the call from your browser. Alternatively, you can open the Zoom application, click ‘join a meeting’, and enter the meeting ID and password.

Will the Zoom sessions be accessible?

We will be captioning Zoom sessions. To enable the captions in Zoom, click on the ‘CC’ button which is to the right of the ‘Record’ button. You can then follow every word being spoken – this can be useful if you are hard of hearing or listening in a noisy environment.

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