Upcoming Event: ESD forum “On Trees and Activism” 16th July

You are invited to the next GM ESD Forum and MEEN’s AGM on Thursday 16th July 2015, 3.30 – 6pm at Madlab, 36 – 40 Dale Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1HN.

‘On Trees and Activism’

This forum, focusing on Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathi and her inspirational Green Belt Movement, will help us consider our collective activist skills and how best we can share them with young people. We will have input from a variety of Greater Manchester’s tree loving organisations and a variety of great activists!

We welcome everyone to come and network, share some food and hear a little about MEEN’s work during 2014 – 2015. Also if you are interested in becoming a MEEN trustee please send an email requesting an nomination form.

If you would like to join us please contact coordinator@meen.org.uk or call Raichael on 07505172335.

All the best


MEEN Coordinator

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Firewood sale in #Manchester (Tree Station)

Firewood sale – 10% off all firewood!
Buy a cubic metre of partially seasoned local hardwood firewood now and it will be ready to burn by the time the cold weather returns. At the sale price a cubic metre (approximately 320kg) is just £94.50 including delivery – saving you £25.50 compared to a kilned cubic metre delivered to you in winter. Got nowhere to store it? Why not order one of our log sheds – for £140 with free delivery (within M60) thrown in as part of this special offer. This is for a standard size and stores one cubic metre of logs, but we can make them to fit your required dimensions – please call 0161 2313333 to discuss. Made in our yard from locally sourced materials.

(Manchester Climate Monthly neither requested nor received any payment for this “advert” blog post. I put it up because Tree Station is a dead good outfit, and to show that I don’t bear the *&$%ers any grudge for not short-listing me for a job last year…. ;)

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“Procuring renewable energy in South Africa: a new frontier?” seminar in #Manchester Thurs 25th June

Procuring renewable energy in South Africa: a new frontier?

Dr. Lucy Baker, Research Associate, University of Sussex

Thursday 25th June (room C1, George Begg Building, Sackville Street) at 2.00pm.

In the last three years carbon-intensive, coal-dependent South Africa has become one of the leading destinations for renewable energy investment. This can largely be attributed to the take off of the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers’ Programme (RE IPPPP), launched in August 2011. Since then a privately-generated, utility-scale, renewable energy sector is being integrated into an electricity network that has historically been dependent on the country’s abundant coal resources and dominated by state-owned utility, Eskom. RE IPPPP is the first renewable electricity initiative to have gained traction at the national level in South Africa. Yet a number of concerns have since arisen including: the extent to which the financial returns will benefit or leave the country; the fact that the ownership of the industry is rapidly becoming the domain of large international utilities; the nature of the programme’s economic and community benefits in a country with gross socio-economic inequality along racial divisions; and whether it will create a long-term local manufacturing and service industry.

What then are the challenges and trends that are emerging from RE IPPPP? Who stands to gain and lose from this programme and how might the industry develop in the medium-to-long term? What will the economic and social impacts of RE IPPPP be in light of South Africa’s high levels of inequality and unemployment? This seminar will evaluate key features of RE IPPPP, unpack the different levels of the programme and the diversity of players involved in it. I will further discuss key tensions inherent in RE IPPPP between commercial priorities for ‘bankability’, and the requirements for economic development and community ownership.

The seminar will take place in room C1, in the George Begg Building on Sackville Street- number 17 on the campus map- http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/maps/interactive-map/?id=14

Please RSVP, or contact Amrita with any queries- tyndall@manchester.ac.uk

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Professor Clive Hamilton on the Anthropocene – interview in #Manchester

[cross-posted from marchhudson.net]
Interview with Professor Clive Hamilton on the “Anthropocene“, in the startlingly noisy cafe at the John Rylands Library (the first few minutes are the worst – it gets easier to hear as time goes on).

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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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