Review of Zero Carbon Britain online course

ZCB sets out ways to address climate change and reach the target of zero net emissions using only existing technologies.

The online course Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) is run by Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) – and is normally held in person at their base in North Wales. CAT has been producing ZCB reports since 2007 – they are available to download from their website cat.org.uk.

Paul Allen, lead researcher of the project, presents the issue of Climate Change as a ‘Wicked Problem’. This is because of its complexity and how the issues weave through so many aspects of how we live our lives – food, transport, housing, electricity and well-being. ZCB sets out ways to address these problems and reach the target of zero net emissions using only existing technologies. Getting to net zero by 2050 will be no easy task, but without imagining a positive future, we will not be able to create it. A good summary of the course: ‘Zero Carbon Britain aims to open a new chapter in the story of human beings and energy, one in which we may again talk excitedly about the future…’

I would thoroughly recommend this course to everyone. Whilst the reports are free to download, the course has a fee, which includes membership of CAT for a year. If the fee is a problem, funding may be available for Ardgay & District residents from Beinn nan Oighrean Community Benefit fund. Next online course is on 29th April.

by Betty Wright

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