Carbon Conversations in the Community

Our trained Facilitators work in pairs to deliver Carbon Conversations. Each series will comprise 6 facilitated Conversations over 3 months within a supportive group to help people reduce their carbon footprint by teaching sustainable living at home and bringing participants together to make changes at community level.

The community version is ideal for projects such as Transition groups or other low-carbon initiatives. Group members meet with trained facilitators in homes, community centres, workplaces or other venues.


The 6 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 and our families 

  • 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

  • Support in creating a personal plan for change

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

Carbon Conversations in the Workplace

Carbon Conversations’ series of workshops develops staff commitment to sustainability at a deep level. Its underlying exploration of environmental citizenship ensures that policies are implemented and gives staff an enhanced sense of empowerment. Its focus on action plans ensures that the change is concrete and applied.

Carbon Conversations can produce enthusiasm for environmental change, enhance the ability of leaders and champions to roll-out low carbon engagement and support your Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.

Carbon Conversations works with employees in SMEs, public bodies and large corporates. Our facilitators will work with you to tailor the programme to engage your workforce and equip them to deliver your green agenda.

We suggest participants are volunteers and ideally come from departments across the organisation. We can discuss which format best suits your organisation (the original six 2 hour sessions; 4 half days; 1.5 consecutive days followed by a half day session after 2 weeks). 

Previous participants have recommended and implemented carbon emissions reduction measures (individual behaviours, process changes, infrastructure recommendations) and have gone on to create carbon clubs, networks, and other types of working groups to implement actions.

Participants report an average reduction of 1 tonne from their personal carbon footprints and an increased capability and desire to take the “conversation” to others.

Sign Up!

To sign up for Carbon Conversations in the Community or Workplace please fill out your details here.

The Carbon Conversation Team

Jo Gibb

I’m a mum of two young children and in my past life worked in international development and fair trade. I love nature, our local area and community, am an aspiring but very novice gardener and love music and painting. In recent years I’ve become increasingly aware that all is not quite right in this beautiful world of ours and since having children feel even more compelled to do something about it. I’ve been involved in helping set up local Climate Action East Linton (formerly East Linton Melting Pot) and also wider political advocacy. But most important for me is that my family and I live true to our values. Every day is a learning day and gradually, step by step, we are living more sustainably, although we have further to go in our journey!


Mark James


I’ve been an environmentalist since the 80’s, my first demo - “Nuclear Power No Thanks” at Dungeness. You might see me on my bike pulling a trailer load of seaweed or compost. I love being on my bike and want everyone else to have the opportunity to do likewise. I’m running bike workshops with the Repair Cafe.


I currently work with the Ridge as a gardener. I have had a varied working life, vegan café co-operative, lifeguard, teacher, energy advisor, cycle trainer and grower with Sustaining Dunbar amongst others. I have worked part time while raising children. My children have left home so I have more time to be an activist. I am very active; cycling, running, swimming and frisbee. I am playful but serious.


We need to take effective action now. I want to inspire and assist others to reduce their carbon footprints whilst enjoying a rich and fulfilling life. Carbon Conversations is a great way for people to make life changes and in turn inspire others to act. 

Rosie Harrison

I'm the Project Officer for East Linton Tool Library and the Fixing for a Future project. I trained in social anthropology and worked on grassroots projects with indigenous communities in Latin America and India, focusing on the rights of women and young people to education and employment. More recently I’ve worked with homeless young women in Edinburgh and designed and delivered a range of horticultural and creative arts projects to community groups across the Lothians. I grew up on an organic farm and am particularly interested in land use and different methods of agriculture as well as equipping the younger generation with the skills and knowledge to grow their own food. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Greta Thunberg and the passionate people involved in community environmental groups locally give me hope. I love being out in the wilds, reading and dancing.


Philip Revell

I am a wood-fire potter with a longstanding interest in environmental issues and community-led development and a love of nature and wild-places. I was strongly influenced by my time living and working with peasant farmers in rural Zimbabwe in the 1980's and then spent time working at the Centre for Alternative Technology in mid-Wales. I've been living in Dunbar for thirty years where I've been involved in many community projects including helping to set up Sustaining Dunbar. I am currently convenor of the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network. 

Jo McNamara


After 40 years of involvement in Community Education and Development, I retired two years ago with the intention of using my skills and experience to focus on the environment and social change. In 2008 I joined Sustaining Dunbar and have been Chair of the organisation for the last two years. Igniting the creative spark in individuals and the community has always been fundamental in my work and while the Arts are not the only catalyst for this process, creative energy is a powerful force. This is the focus of my connection with North Light Arts - a Dunbar based Community Interest Company.

I am endlessly fascinated by people and among my greatest pleasures is good conversation with friends, family and people I meet along the way. Solitary cycling in the hills to connect with nature is my antidote to the world’s ills and inspiration to my creativity.

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Tim Hetherington


I'm a stepdad, husband & structural engineer. I like rock climbing, photography, music and cycling. I grew up with an active involvement in nature, sport and the natural world and I've been involved in sustainability, climate action and biodiversity issues both personally and professionally for about three years.

Rosalie Monod de Froideville

I live in Tyninghame with my seven year old daughter and our cat. I'm from the Netherlands and have been here since 2014. With a background in fine arts, I have worked in a Steiner day centre for people with learning disabilities for a number of years now. I enjoy being in nature, I love dancing (often in my socks in my living room) and I'm a lover of books. 

My life is more and more becoming orientated towards working for the greater good and Nonviolent Communication, for which I'm working towards being a certified trainer. Through doing group work I hope to be part of the change I want to see. This is around not only climate change, but also emotional wellbeing, systems change and community building, all of which tie in with climate change in their own way and all, in my experience, urgently need our collective tending. 

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Brian McClelland


I trained as a doctor in Edinburgh and for most of my career I ran the Blood Transfusion Service [BTS] for Edinburgh and South East Scotland. I've always been involved with training and development of people from many countries and I have worked on projects in the EU and in Africa, China and Vietnam. In the 70s I read Paul Ehrlich [The Population Bomb], Schumacher [Small is Beautiful], Rachel Carson [Silent Spring], and some other pioneering environmental stuff. With some medic friends, we set up group to campaign about the problems of a growing population. My first experience of campaigning for a cause nobody wanted to hear about...


AIDS appeared in the UK just as I started my new job as director of the BTS. Edinburgh soon became famous [unfairly] as the AIDS capital of the North. With one of my medical consultants, I spent a lot of time working with the gay community [as it was then called], teaching about safety from infection, and later on, heading up a charity raising funds for AIDS research. This was my second experience of tackling an issue that most people really didn't want to know about.


So when I heard about Carbon Conversations I already understood a bit about how challenging it is to get someone interested in and motivated to DO SOMETHING about a problem they would rather ignore or forget. I want to support the Carbon Conversations initiative because it offers a way of exploring some of the feelings about the environment crisis that make so many of us want to hide under the duvet.