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Radical action is needed if we are to avoid dangerous climate breakdown. CAT offers practical solutions and hands-on learning to help create a zero carbon world.

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Welcoming you back to CAT

CAT is now open to pre-booked visits - we can't wait to welcome you back!

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Days out & events

This summer - immerse yourself in nature on one of our new bookable experiences.

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CAT at Home

Explore sustainable solutions from your home or garden with a range of online resources from CAT.

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Webinars and online events

Gain practical tips and explore sustainability with CAT. Includes our popular series of free webinars.


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CAT at Home

Explore sustainable solutions from your home or garden with online resources from CAT.

Whether you’re keen to use your time at home to learn more about solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergency or are looking for fun wildlife activities to keep the kids connected to nature, we’ve got lots of online resources to help.

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Get a good understanding of the principles, benefits and limitations of compost toilets on our online compost toilet course. Explore the construction and component features of compost toilets, the biochemistry of composting and sanitising…

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Graduate School of the Environment

Gain the knowledge and skills to help address environmental change. CAT’s postgraduate courses are respected across the world, providing a big-picture, integrated approach to sustainability.

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Zero Carbon Britain

To tackle climate change, all emissions that can go to zero must go to zero – as rapidly as possible. CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research shows how this can be done using technology available today.

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A new selection of train-the-trainer courses from CAT combines our solutions-focused approach with Carbon Literacy accreditation to help embed evidence-based action planning across a range of sectors. Amanda Smith reports.

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CAT works with a number of county-level community groups to help build action on the climate and biodiversity emergency, including the Shropshire Climate Action Partnership. Kevin Oubridge gives us an…

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Free Information Service

Wondering what you can do in your own home to help combat climate change? CAT’s free information service offers independent and impartial advice on a wide range of areas to help you live more sustainably.

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels

The price of Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels has dropped rapidly in the last ten years. A domestic PV array can now be cost effective without any subsidy. You can sell…

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Natural building materials

Natural building materials

At CAT we’ve been using natural building materials for many years, and you can see examples all around our visitor centre. We also run hands-on courses and workshops and sell…

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Energy saving at home

Energy saving at home

Domestic energy saving measures are vital if we are to achieve the goal of a zero carbon future. Reducing the UK’s energy demand will make it much easier to meet…

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