Manchester Climate; weekly nuggets

Hi all,

What does a resilient community look like? Are you ready to do what’s needed?, asks Dave Pollard. Could you live in Sustainable Student Housing? What happened at the aviation meeting in Moscow? What’s the best social media strategy of all time? What happened at the Climate Question Time last Thursday? What’s coming up this week? Read on – all will be revealed in this week’s climate bulletin, rebranded…

Oh, and you are all welcome to join us at the Friends Meeting House next Monday night. From 7 to 8 there’s a discussion of “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, but from 8 to 9 we’re having general mingling and networking, followed by a trip to a nearby pub (alcoholic drinks will NOT be compulsory…)

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And follow us on twitter (@mcr_climate).

Coming up this week

Tues 28, 5 to 6pm‘Energy Politics in Belarus – hug me dearly, hug me close…’ – A Talk with Michael Martin
Manchester Environmental Students Society, Rm 4 of U of M Students’ Union
Tues 28, 6.30 to 9pm Net Tuesday “Free monthly gatherings for social changemakers and web innovators to network, socialise and share ideas about how nonprofits and social benefit organisations can use the social web for social change.” MadLab, Northern Quarter

Wed 29 Feb, 6.45 for 7pm until 9pm Friends of the Earth climate subgroup meeting, Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE
Latest climate subgroup meeting, at which we’ll be dialling into a teleconference to find out the latest on the national Final Demand campaign and planning next steps on our work to promote Manchester: A Certain Future to local businesses. For more information, please contact Ali on 07786 090520.
Thurs 1 March, 7pm Manchester Climate Action meeting about a demo in Central London on Thurs 3 May. At the latest OK Cafe, which is at the Gamecock Pub, Hulme.

MCFly stories you may have missed

Event Report: Ecocities, adapatation and the Beach Boys
Event Report: Climate Change Question Time
Stakeholder Conference Programme Announced
Food glorious food (co-operative)

Delay versus delivery: Greater Manchester’s Climate Change Strategy
If the answer is ‘plant more trees,’ you’re asking the wrong question

Lessons we like to believe we’ve learnt this week
Volunteers inspire. Even more volunteers will probably be even more inspiring…

Grab the money and run
Manchester Veg People jobs

Jobs that need doing!
Could someone trawl twitter for groups MCFly could follow?
Could someone audit MCFly to see how much we are writing about people who don’t happen to be white males?

Local and Regional News
Feb 21 Insider reports “Biomass business Imperative Energy has been awarded investment from the North West Fund for Energy and Environmental. The company, which has moved to Sandbach in Cheshire following the investment, provides bioenergy solutions to industrial, commercial and public sectors across the UK. The investment is set to be put towards the company’s plans to build biomass and CHP plants across the region. The company will also be expanding its team and recruiting an additional 30 members of staff…..”

Feb 23 Manchester Green Party launched its manifesto. According to the blog of Party Secretary David Mottram – “Adrian Ramsay, deputy leader of the Green Party, today (23rd February) launched Manchester Green Party’s manifesto for City Council elections on 3rd May. The manifesto titled Green, Left, Local invites ‘disillusioned Labour and Liberal Democrat voters in the city to vote for local Green candidates’….  The manifesto identifies four priority areas – jobs, housing, children & young people, and transport – and describes the local election campaign as taking place against a background of job losses and public service cuts. ‘There is an alternative’, it says. ‘The Green Party proposes a Green New Deal to generate jobs, build a sustainable low carbon economy, protect the environment and create more equal opportunities and rewards for everyone.’ The Green Party offers a programme focused on the local economy, environment and equality.”

Reading and Watching

New web-magazine on resilience launched this week. GetResilient.com, a new web-magazine dedicated to sharing articles and insights on resilience, was launched today [23/02/12].
The site launches with 9 articles, including a guest article from ‘Walk Out, Walk On’ author, Deborah Frieze, who argues for a transition from efficiency to resilience. Guest contribution articles will be an on going feature. GetResilient.com publishes articles on resilience in relation to 6 topics: Food; Energy; Transport; Communities; Biodiversity; and Cities. The site aims to bridge the gap between the academic discourse on resilience and policymakers and the wider public. GetResilient.com hopes to raise the profile of resilience thinking as an approach to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Excellent “Energy Saving Trust” blog post on the dangers of the ‘rebound effect

Grist on the US/Saudi/Chinese/other countries attempt to gut the European aviation emissions scheme…And here’s the declaration that came out of that meeting

Resilient Communities and how to start them by Robert Paterson

Not ready to do what’s needed? asks Dave Pollard

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