Upcoming Event in #Manchester – “The Anthropocene and the Rupture of #Climate Change” 5th June

On Friday 5th June at 4pm there will be a VERY interesting talk on climate change hosted by University of Manchester’s Tyndall Centre. It will be given by Professor Clive Hamilton, of Charles Stuart University, Australia.

Hamilton has written on Australian Climate Policy (“Running from the Storm”, 2001 and “Scorcher“, 2007) and also on the psychology behind soft and ‘hard’ denial (“Requiem       for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate  Change”).  More recently he has been focusing on the “Anthropocene“, the new era of history brought about by humanity’s increasing impact on the planet’s ecosystems.

It’s free, there’s no need to book, and it promises to be extremely interesting. I’ll be the guy at the front clutching my heavily annotated copies of “Running” and “Scorcher”,  wanting to getting them signed like a fanboy….

Clive Hamilton Tyndall Seminar

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#Manchester #Climate workshop on Thurs 4th June

Climate Change Workshop

If you are planning on coming along to the climate change mass lobby of Parliament on 17 June then you may be interested in this Climate Coalition event with Professor Peter Scott and others on Thursday 4 June at 6.30pm at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Why we need to act on climate change
The Road to Paris (what we are asking for)
Mass lobby in London 17th June (everything you need to know about the day)
How to lobby your MP (tips and tricks on how to get your climate message across) 

If you are coming please register here https://fortheloveof.eventbrite.co.uk

The Climate Coalition are organising coaches to London on 17 June from cities across the UK – to find out more and book a seat at a subsidised price go here: http://fortheloveof.org.uk/getting-there/

[Interesting agenda. Nothing on “what do we do to create a local movement that grows, learns, organises and wins, and doesn’t repeat the same miserable mistakes of the last decade?” Or “how do we find out what skills and knowledge and skill/knowledge gaps are in the room, to inspire people to stay involved and bring their friends next time, instead of being lobby fodder?”  No, that would be far too sensible and radical.  Apparently all real politics happens in London. Or Paris. Or wherever the circus next touches down.  Ho hum.]

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#Manchester #climate organisers -training offered…

cut and paste from Friends of the Earth email.

Friends of the Earth - See                                         things differently
Climate action in Manchester
19 May 2015


Dear [Everyone]

There are many reasons we can be hopeful about tackling climate change – we’ve kept the UK Frack Free for four years, the divestment movement is booming and solar panels are popping up all over the place.

But we know we need to keep David Cameron to his promises on climate change over the next five years, and start building the future we need both locally and globally. It’s a vital time to be part of the climate movement.

So we’re recruiting people across the country to join our Climate Organisers programme. Would you like to develop your campaigning and organising skills and put them into practice to help stop climate change, or do you know someone who might?

Globally, it is the Muslim community that is most affected by our changing climate. That’s whywe’re particularly looking for Climate Organisers to work with MADE in Europe and Manchester’s Muslim community on climate change.

As an Organiser, you would be working with others to mobilise people around key national actions as well as developing home-grown projects in Manchester. Beyond that, it’s up to you. You could help keep fracking out of the North West, hold a conference event to attract new activists or something completely different.

We offer a full package of support through face-to-face and distance training, 1:1 coaching and the option of an accredited certificate in Campaign Organising.

Be at the heart of the action – apply by Friday 22 May.

If the programme isn’t for you but you’d like to be kept in the loop about upcoming plans on climate activism in Manchester plans, please feel free to email me.

Best wishes,

Laura & the Community Activism Team

PS Made in Europe is a Muslim-led movement of young people who want to see our community leading the fight against global poverty and injustice. They are also part of Muslim Climate Action and we’re delighted to be working with them this year.

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Planning meeting for a Manchester “This Changes Everything” Tuesday 26th May

Personally, I believe that the “left” has learnt nothing and will learn nothing on the road to Paris and beyond (the title of this blog post – This changes everything changes nothing #smugosphere #emotathons #same mistakes #roadtoparis – may give that away a bit.)

Still, I could be wrong (I genuinely hope I am). This message below popped up in the mcmonthly inbox and is forwarded to y’all.  The proof of my wrongness will be if there is any specific reflection on what we’ve been doing wrong (or are we heroic and blameless?) and what we might do differently (we don’t need to, we’re heroic and blameless). Or maybe here comes my nineteenth emotahon.

A well attended conference in London recently heard Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, explain how our rulers are unwilling to tackle climate change but that a mass movement of citizens can force them to do so. As the U N  climate talks in Paris approach, we want to hold a similar event in Manchester to help build that movement, probably on Saturday October 17th.
We want to build a wide coalition of campaigns and individuals to organise this event. CaCC, Frack Free Greater Manchester and the anti-TTIP campaign are already on board, and other organisations such as Oxfam and the Manchester Hazards Centre have already said they want to get involved.
On Tuesday 26th May we are holding an open planning meeting for the conference , 7pm at Friends Meeting House.We hope this meeting will discuss what speakers to invite, what topics will be covered, how we will publicise the event etc. Hopefully many activists, and people who have not been active before, will come along with fresh ideas (eg someone already suggested we could have a video message from scientists in the Arctic).
If you are on Facebook, please follow the link below to the event page for May 26th, and share it with your contacts:
 mcmonthly August 2013page5
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#climate and energy – Global Justice #Manchester event Thurs 21st May

Global Justice Manchester’s next education and reflection evening- relevant both for the situation of people in the UK and Global South- the 1%’s advantage and jeopardising our common climate- come along and invite your friends and associates.

With the climate talks coming and a questionably sympathetic UK government whither Global Justice, energy and climate change?

“To ensure everyone has access to energy and tackle climate change, we need to take control of energy from big business and finance. A just energy system is one where energy is fairly distributed and democratically controlled and managed, recognising environmental limits.
Around the world, people are resisting coal mines and oil companies, fighting against privatisation and campaigning to stem the flow of money to coal, oil and gas. Communities are building sustainable and fair energy systems and winning access to energy for the first time. ”

Sam Lund – Harket will talk about these issues and Global Justice Now’s campaign on energy and climate change.

Sam campaigns as part of GJN’s campaigns and policy team to end UK financial sector involvement in harmful energy projects.

The event will be held at Greenfish Resource Centre, 46 – 50 Oldham St,
Manchester, M4 1LE, starting at 18.00 for a couple of hours.


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Upcoming seminar at #Manchester Uni on Pacific sea transport…

‘Turning the tide in Oceania: a call for a global network to transition the Pacific to low carbon sea transport’ by Dr. Peter Nuttall, Research Fellow at the Pacific Centre for the Environment and Sustainable Development, University of the South Pacific, Fiji, on Monday 18th May (room C1, George Begg Building, Sackville Street) at 4.00pm.

Biog- Dr. Peter Nuttall, Research Fellow at the Pacific Centre for the Environment and Sustainable Development, University of the South Pacific, Fiji (biography attached)

The Atoll Nations of the Pacific face imminent destruction, possibly the first national level collateral damage of climate change.  At the global scale we wait for Paris to see if our global community can pull back its excessive incineration of fossil fuels sufficient to give these proud but tiny archipelagos and their ancient cultures a hint of survival. Having none of their own, this island studded ocean region is now entirely dependent on unaffordable imported oil for most energy needs.  But far from being powerless, the Marshall Islands are determined to lead by example. At the global level they are calling at MEPC 68 for an industry target to be set for reducing international shipping emissions commensurate with a threshold of no more than 1.5 degrees of warming.  At the national level they have already set a target of reducing their own transport fuel use by 20% by 2020 and are planning a whole of country strategy to transition to a low carbon transport future. Sea transport is the first objective.  Achieving either of these objectives is likely beyond their reach unaided and we seek to build a network of willing global knowledge partners to support them in their related quests. In this presentation we outline a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder strategy designed to build the platform for such transition as a catalyst for other small island states. Perhaps an exercise in futility, a quixotic tilt at a gigantic, unassailable windmill; perhaps a model for a future world.

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What the Conservative victory means for #Manchester and #climate

So, at a national level, here’s what to expect for climate and energy policy

-“Energy and climate policy are even more absolutely doomed. Prepare for onshore wind turbines to begin disappearing, fracking underfoot, no 2030 [renewable energy] targets…” (quote from somebody who knows a very small amount about these things).

At a local/regional level, Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester have been shockingly useless on keeping their climate promises. And whenever you point out specifics, Labourbots change the subject and Blame the Tories.  Look forward to another 5 years of that (with July’s climate report, which will whine about the National Grid changing its metrics as the reason for Manchester not having made any emissions cuts since 2009 on the way to the 2020 “41% reduction.)

ALSO at a local level, the absence of any political opposition in the Council chamber will mean the same old complacency, broken promises and stupidity.  Yesterday someone hoped on Facebook for some Green councillors in Manchester.  A devastatingly good-looking, intelligent, successful and popular commentator retorted –

The Greens have no winnable wards. Labour councillor votes are always higher in a general election too. And the existing Labour councillors have shown what they are made of (not much) in the last year when there has been no official opposition. They are simply unwilling to jeopardise their friendships/career prospects by asking the tough questions more than once, and refusing to be fobbed off with bullshit answers that are *demonstrably* false. That’s the state of play. The greens aren’t going to get their act together, the social movements aren’t either. And in the absence of that, Labour and the bureaucracy will become ever more complacent and brazen in their contempt for truth and the long-term prospects of this city that can’t be quantified as “inward investment”.

And nationally on non-climate/energy/environment?  Get your hip replacements done now, cos there ain’t gonna be no NHS in five years.  The Tories now have a mandate for all of the stuff they DIDN’T have a mandate for five years ago.

And what is to be done? This, from my good friend and MCFly cartoonist Marc.

I opted to wait til this morning for the result and have awoken to the knowledge that a “majority” of my countryman care nothing for fairness, even-handedness, decency or the future of their own children. That so many millions have opted to squeeze the life out of all that our grandparents built and fought for in the name of an extra holiday in the Algarve or a few more Sky channels is a bitter dissappointment and a damning indictment of the moral state of our society under late capitalism. The knowledge that it is late capitalism – that its days are surely numbered by its own logic- is no consolation. We had a chance to save what we could – to repurpose selfishness for better aims – but we seem to have opted for “one more for the road” and “Devil take the hindmost” and it makes me sad. Profit once more triumphs over people. But on we go. To despair would be to fail ourselves and our children and to hand over our souls as well as our nation. Now the Tories will crack on with the great fire sale. We must crack on with building a real alternative and put aside all the petty differences that have for so long plagued the divided “left” (whatever that means, now). Nil desperandum brothers and sisters. We will not go gently into the dark night of a new feudalism.
From where I live the country still looks beautiful. The Spring still bursts with life and possibility and the land is still ours. I look more warily at neighbours who have chosen – in ignorance or callousness or simple idiocy – to put me and mine in harm’s way, but I will not stoop to mimic their casual brutality. Life is precious and each one is worth a thousand times the thirty pieces of silver that the haves have taken to throw the have-nots to the wolves. So keep standing for life and hope. Take time to digest and renew yourselves, and come together anew. This is not the last scene in this drama, although we are undoubtedly in the last act.
Go well and do what must be done, with your heads high. Namaste.

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