Climate Emergency Training for NI Local Authorities – Councillors



Climate Emergency is one day of interactive training (7 hours in total), divided into two sections (3.5 hours/ section). The training is aimed at Councillors working in local authorities in Northern Ireland. It equips Councillors with the information they need to mobilise change within their constituency and to communicate climate change effectively to hard-to-reach groups.  


By the end of the training, you will have: 

  • Gained an understanding of the basic science of climate change and how climate change will affect us both globally and locally. 
  • Gained an understanding of how you, as an elected member, can mobilise change. 
  • Explored low carbon and climate resilience objectives in the Local Authority sector. 
  • Created an action plan to help reduce the carbon footprint and create a well-adapted Local Authority. 
  • Explored strategies for influencing others to take action on climate change. 


The training is accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project. Elected members taking part will need to attend and complete 7 hours of training to receive the certification. 

Training Content 

Part 1- Understanding climate change  Part 2- Exploring climate actions 
1- Climate science  1- Role of Local Authorities  
2- Global and local impacts  2- Climate change and COVID-19 
3- Climate projections  3- Green recovery and doughnut economics 
4- Pathways to our future  4- Co-benefits of climate action 
5- Climate policies  5- Talking about climate change 
6- Climate action  6- Levers of influence 
7- The carbon budget  7- Leading in an Emergency 
  8- Taking action