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'Carbon Conversations' workshops - Lairg & District Learning Centre

26 April 2021

Mondays 22 March - 10 May    7.00 - 9.00     on Zoom

Learn how to cut your personal carbon footprint in half by connecting to values, emotions and identity.

A 6 part series focused on reducing your personal carbon footprint. The meetings create a non-judgmental atmosphere where people are encouraged to make serious lifestyle changes. The groups offer:

  • Space to explore what climate change means for ourselves, our families and aspirations
  • Permission to share hopes, doubts and anxieties
  • Time to work through conflicts between intention, social pressure and identity
  • Reliable, well-researched information and practical guidance on what will make a difference via a PDF of the book, In Time for Tomorrow
  • Support in creating a personal plan for change

Carbon reductions of 1 tonne of CO2e are typically made by each member during the workshops, with plans developed to halve individual footprints over a 4-5 year period.


  1. Looking for a Low Carbon Future –the big picture and your own carbon footprint (March 22)
  2. Energy at home –in depth look at the various factors to lower your home energy use(March 29)
  3. Travel and Transport –what are the issues, what can I do (April 12)
  4. Food and Water –what are the elements of the carbon footprint of food, how is water used in production, how can I make informed choices (April 19)
  5. Consuming and Waste –how does what we buy and how we dispose of it impact the planet (April 26)
  6. Talking with others about Climate Change –various considerations and methods are explored with time to practice within the group (May 10)

Each class runs from 7pm - 9pm via Zoom. A link for the Zoom meeting will be sent to you a day before the event.

Please note the breaks for Easter & May Day bank holiday.


About the tutor

The Surefoot Effect equip people, communities and organisations with skills for sustainability and resilience. Pamela Candea has been working to promote sustainable society actively since returning to a cherished ambition after a long career in the commercial world in 2007. She now works with community, public sector, and commercial organisations to help bring about change using values based methods.

Funder & Data

We are able to fully subsidise these spaces as part of our Scottish Government Climate Challenge Funded project, Seasons of Change. For more information on the project please contact Sarah Forrest, Project Manager, by emailing sarah@lairglearningcentre.org.uk. Join the climate conversation on our Facebook page @lairglc.

Lairg & District Learning Centre will hold your details on our student data base. If you do not wish your details to be held please let us know by emailing manager@lairglearningcentre.org.uk.

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Nobel Prize Summit - 'Our Planet, Our Future'

26 April 2021

Starts: 14:15

Our Planet, Our Future

Monday 26 - Wednesday 28 April 2021    virtual event

What can we achieve together in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all?

Inspired by Alfred Nobel’s belief in celebrating achievements that contribute “the greatest benefit to humankind,” the Nobel Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research/Stockholm Resilience Centre invite you to engage in an optimistic exploration of the best version of our collective future.

The first Nobel Prize Summit will convene talks from Nobel laureates and conversations among experts from the science, policy, arts, and youth activist communities. It will bring together the world’s brightest and most creative thinkers to focus on three key areas critical to the future of humanity:

  • Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss
  • Reducing Inequality
  • Technologies with the Power to Transform the Way We Live and Work

Our future depends on our collective ability to become effective stewards of the global commons – the climate, ice, land, ocean, freshwater, forests, soils and rich diversity of life.


More information

Detailed programme

Note that the times on the programme are US Eastern (Daylight) Time, which is 5 hours behind British Summer Time, so that a programme start time of 9.15 means 2.15 for us.

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We are part of the rapidly expanding worldwide Transition Towns movement. The Black Isle is a peninsula of about 100 sq miles ENE of Inverness in Scotland, UK.