Crowdfunder Appeal: Station South Restoration and Cycle Café #Manchester #Levenshulme

from here.

Station South Restoration and Cycle Café

levenshulmeWe’re restoring an old railway station to its former glory and need your help to transform it into a destination cycle café, bar, co-working space and permaculture inspired garden!

We’re Station South – a passionate, creative and abundantly social Community Interest Company set up by three Levenshulme residents (Abigail, Mark and Pauline) with our shared aim to restore this beautiful building and the skills and determination to run a great cycle café from it in the near future.

We’ll be based at the heart of an urban village along the A6 in Levenshulme, on the UK’s longest urban cycleway (The Fallowfield Loop) in a re-imagined Victorian railway station.

We’ll refurbish Levenshulme Station South into a warm and welcoming space and set up a business which will sustain its long term future as an independent, environmentally friendly active travel hub, support Levenshulme and neighbours intrinsically and benefit the wider cycling community of Manchester, Stockport and beyond.

We’ll be open in Summer 2019 and we’re going to listen to our customers, volunteers and staff along the way and ensure that Station South will be an open, creative, ethical, low-carbon and socially minded venture that people really want to visit, with or without bikes!

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Upcoming Event: “informing the vision of a low-carbon future” #Manchester Tues 2nd Oct

Jason Lowe posterTyndall Manchester would like to invite you to attend the next talk in our seminar series “Informing the vision of a low-carbon future” by Professor Jason Lowe, on Tuesday 2nd October (room C21, Pariser Building, Sackville Street) at 1.00pm.

Informing the vision of a low-carbon future

Professor Jason Lowe, Met Office Hadley Centre and University of Leeds Priestley Centre

In this seminar I will discuss the findings of the AVOID programmes, which were designed to support UK Government with evidence and tools for developing and deploying its climate policy. This will include consideration of: climate pathways and how well they sample the range of outcomes; potential impacts of future climate change and the fraction that might be avoided through mitigation; and issues related to the feasibility of emission reductions. I will also discuss the follow-up work to AVOID that looks at a more ambitious climate target of limiting global mean warming below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. As part of this, I will bring in some of the findings from the recent NERC-BEIS 1.5C programme. Since mitigation alone is unlikely to avoid all of the potential damages from future climate change, I will describe progress to equip the UK with new scientific understanding and tools to quantify climate risks in the UK, including the UKCP18 scenarios that will be launched later this year.

Speaker bio

Professor Jason Lowe is Deputy Director of Met Office Hadley Centre and Head of Climate Services. He is Chair of Interdisciplinary Climate Research in the Priestley Centre. Prof. Lowe has played a major role in developing policy relevant science, including designing several of the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programmes. He also leads the development of the UKCP18 projections. His work covers a range of climate science subject areas, from underpinning research on non-linear climate change and amplification of feedbacks due to earth system processes, through to impacts and the application of the science

The seminar will take place in room C21, in the Pariser Building on Sackville Street- number 12 on the map here

Please RSVP, or contact Amrita with any queries-

We look forward to seeing you there. Please feel free to pass this invitatJason Lowe posterion onto any colleagues who may be interested and apologies for any cross-posting.

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BCAG: “Barton Renewable Energy Plant Will Not Be Built”

(Sent in by the Breathe Clean Air Group).

Plans to build a 20 MW, biomass-fuelled, heat and power plant in Davyhulme, Greater Manchester appear to have failed. Local campaigners the Breathe Clean Air Group, have unearthed documentation showing that the Peel Group’s biomass incinerator will now not be built.
In an up-date statement from the Breathe Clean Air Group, Chairman Pete Kilvert says “After eight years of opposing this development, we are delighted at its demise. The incinerator would have burnt waste wood and other waste, in a built-up location, using out-dated technology and flawed modelling, which would have resulted in toxic emissions and serious ill-health impacts.”
The group discovered that Peel Energy had surrendered the plant’s Environmental Permit on 9th August 2017. They contacted Peel Energy and received the following statement from Managing Director Mr Muir Miller, “We have temporarily surrendered the licence (Environmental Permit) and continue to review the current and emerging government energy policies. Peel Energy remain committed to see energy generation on this site given the attributes the site possesses for such an investment. When we make further decisions we will update the website page.”
A letter that BCAG has received from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), states “The Government has announced that it will conduct a cross-departmental review into the role of biomass in future policy for low carbon electricity and heat, focussing on the air quality impacts. The proposed way forward will be set out in the final Clean Air Strategy, which will be released later this year.” BCAG has responded to this consultation, stressing the serious ill-health impacts of burning biomass.
National campaign group Biofuelwatch has added “The Government has announced changes to rules for renewable electricity subsidies, which we believe will all but stop the expansion of biomass burning for electricity in the UK. We expect the new rules to put an end to several plans for (building) new biomass power stations across the UK, such as the Peel Energy waste wood incinerator in Trafford, which local residents have been fighting to stop for many years.”
“The future of the Peel site alongside the Manchester Ship Canal in Davyhulme is still in doubt,” added BCAG Chairman Pete Kilvert, “but we are confident that Peel’s proposal to build a biomass-fuelled power plant have been ended.

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#Manchester air quality – kids warned to ‘limit outdoor exertion’

So, probably a good thing that the mobikes are going…

Good grief, what a species we are.

Manchester records highest levels of air pollution anywhere in western Europe as children warned to ‘limit outdoor exertion’

Manchester recorded the highest levels of air pollution anywhere in western Europe today.

At 11:00am this morning (08/09/18), Manchester’s central air quality monitoring station recorded the highest levels of air pollution anywhere in the whole of western Europe.

The Liberal Democrats have called on Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and the region’s councils to clamp down on pollution after the city was placed top of the list for dangerous air.

The levels of fine dirt (PM2.5), which have an immediate temporary impact on the brainpower (cognitive processes) returned the highest reading across western Europe.

This follows a recent trend of toxic levels of air pollution spreading across Manchester according to the city’s monitoring stations.

Results are recorded hourly, received by the Greater Manchester Mayor’s team, and relayed to Beijing where Chinese experts prepare hourly World Maps indicating air pollution levels.

Government and EU statistics suggest that 6% of deaths a year in Manchester are caused by factors attributed to air pollution.

Beijing air pollution experts warned: “Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion”.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson Greg Stanton said: “Our city is getting dangerously close to the point of no return and severe action must be taken right now to ensure warnings against children to playing outside don’t become a regular occurrence.

“Before the 2018 elections, we laid out clear plans on how to tackle air pollution in Manchester including more air pollution monitors, greater Metrolink coverage, increased cycle routes, cycle provisions for all new housing and an Oyster Card-style payment system.

“Leaders in Greater Manchester must now work across parties to implement our plans to fight back against air pollution as the Liberal Democrats will not stand by as we sleepwalk into the biggest disaster of our generation.”

The ‘Manchester Together’ manifesto released by the Liberal Democrats ahead of the 2018 elections laid out clear plans of how the party would tackle air pollution.


  • Increased number of air pollution monitors to accurately understand air quality in the city.
  • Review cycle storage units in all social housing blocks and make safe storage units a requirement in all apartment planning applications.
  • Invest and build cycle only roads to service commuters.
  • Make it safer for cyclists to get around our city and protect them from dangerous fumes.
  • Complete a full and extensive assessment of air quality in the city with a specific emphasis on primary and secondary schools.
  • Guarantee a green form of transport for the least well off in Manchester.
  • Offer zero-interest loans to those in receipt of council tax benefit for the purchase of bicycles.
  • Encourage pollution scrubbing technology including green roofs and urban parks by using planning conditions and Section 106 agreements.
  • Encourage carbon emission reduction with businesses by offering business rate discounts for adopting measures such as; green commuter programs, using sustainable energy sources and cycle-to-work loans.
  • Increase coverage of the Metrolink tram system to all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester and to key locations that attract high car usage such as The Trafford Centre.
  • Increase roll out of electric charging points.
  • Link the city’s bus services, Metrolink and National Rail lines with a single point of payment, equal to the Oyster Card in London.
  • Guarantee a young person’s commuter’s price cap, so they will never pay more than half the hourly living wage rate to commute to work.
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Upcoming event: Hacking the Future of Energy. #Manchester 2-4 November.

from carbon coop website.


Hacking the Future of Energy

Join us to explore, develop and win funds for your solution to the energy crisis. Apply now

Friday 2nd Nov – Sunday 4th Nov / Manchester / Ages 16+ / Free


This event will bring together technology developers, social innovators and social scientists to find what new technology and models could make the energy system fairer and more equitable.

The winning team will receive a £2,000 prize, opportunities to develop a business case and pitch to funders.

The hack will start at 6pm on Friday 2nd November and finish by 2pm on Sunday 4th November. Sessions will take place across the weekend with great food, time to socialise, network and dance thrown in to the mix.


Electricity supply has been dominated by big corporations or nationalised companies with local communities and individuals having little say about where their energy comes from, how it is generated or who it benefits.

But, the generation, distribution and supply of energy is changing with the more renewables, battery storage and developments in smart metering and smart grid technology. These changes create the opportunity to rethink who energy is for and who controls it. New technological tools and changing sources of electricity, might enable alternative ways of managing, sharing, buying and distributing electricity. What would this look like? And what would the social effects of such a system be?

The Hack Lab invites proposals to tackle these questions with creative suggestions and innovative ideas to bring energy back to the people.

Do you have an idea for an app or platform that might put energy in to people’s hands?

Or a new business or governance model for the ownership and control of energy?

Is there an idea or a working model from another sector that could be deployed in the energy world?

Open source standards and systems, solar generation, EV charging, battery storage, DIY renewables, Blockchain technology, social enterprises, co-operative platforms – all these elements may have a role to play in your idea.

During the Hack Lab you will be supported to develop your ideas into a concrete proposal that is technically and financially viable, environmentally sustainable and builds on principles of equity, democracy and social participation.


Participants will work over the full weekend (with breaks for meals and sleeping!) in small groups to workshop an idea and on Sunday, you will pitch to a panel of judges. The winning team takes a £2,000 cash prize and support from experienced energy system practitioners to develop their idea further. Don’t worry, if you are new to this format, there will be people to help.


  • Facilitation, advice and help from a team of experienced energy system practitioners.
  • An enjoyable workspace with break out rooms, kitchen facilities and high-speed broadband.
  • Food and drink.
  • Entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening.
  • Participant matching to build teams.
  • A £2,000 prize for the winning team.
  • Advice and support on taking your idea to the next stage.


  • Cover your travel costs to the event.
  • Find your own accommodation.
  • Bring your own laptop or work tools.


You can either apply with an idea or a skill set to offer others.

We will bring together different practitioners who we believe are key to making the future of our energy system more equitable:

People trying to bring energy back to communities e.g. practitioners in social enterprise, co-operative and community business, co-production, social design, social innovation, policy development.

Energy-system engineers, coders, technology innovators and entrepreneurs, who are devising technical solutions to the challenge of a changing energy system.

Researchers with expertise in the social and political effects of different kinds of energy systems.

People who are excited about finding creative solutions for real world problems!

This is also an event for people to learn from and with each other, so if you are new to this field, but passionate about the issue, please apply.


Apply now by filling in this simple form. We will form 5-6 teams of max 8 people. You can register as a team or we will help you to form teams at the event.

The deadline for applications is Monday 1st October 2018. We will get back to you within 2 weeks.


The event is organised and facilitated by the Carbon Co-op, anthropologist Hannah Knox (University College London) and community business practitioner Britt Jürgensen (Homebaked Community Land Trust).

The event is funded by British Academy, UCL Grand Challenges, and the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Young feminists in #climate justice -contributions sought for ‘rooted in care, sustaining movements’.

Calling all Young feminists in climate justice! This is a call for submissions to our 2nd project: Rooted in Care, Sustaining Movements! Submit your story via this form  Visit our website for more details


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Appeal to oppose Drax Power Station’s plans

The campaigning group Biofuelwatch has an urgent campaign to oppose Drax Power Station’s new plans to replace its final two coal units with a much larger power station to burn fossil gas.

If Drax’s full plan goes ahead, it would become the UK’s largest gas power station and largest single emitter of CO2, as well as driving demand for fracked gas in the UK.

Biofuelwatch has a draft response to the consultation at which people can copy and paste into the Planning Inspectorate online form.

They are asking people to respond to the consultation urging the Planning Inspectorate to reject Drax’s proposal on the grounds of climate change.

They need as many responses as possible before the deadline of the 29th of August,

People will not be obliged to take any further actions if they register as an interested party and submit an objection.

They have some tweets and a facebook post for sharing below:



Please help us to object to Drax’s climate-choking plans to burn gas

Drax power station near Selby, Yorkshire. Photograph: Nican45,

Dear Supporter,

Drax power station has applied to the Planning Inspectorate for permission to replace its two remaining coal-fired units with much larger ones burning fossil (natural) gas.

Drax is already the biggest biomass burning plant in the world and the largest single emitter of COin the U.K.

Drax claims on its website that this is part of their “strategy to play a vital role in changing the way energy is generated as the UK moves to a low carbon future.”

The reality is that Drax made a net loss last year and switching to burning gas would allow the power station to keep operating once the government’s pledge to phase out ‘unabated coal’ by 2025 comes into force.

If this gas development goes ahead, it will tie the U.K. into the long-term burning of more fossil fuels at a time when we need to drastically reduce our carbon emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change.

It will also enable Drax to continue burning millions of tonnes of wood pellets every year, many of which come from the clear felling of biodiverse forests in the U.S.

If you agree that we should not allow Drax to increase our carbon emissions by burning gas and wood biomass, please help us to stop Drax’s proposed gas development by sending an objection to the Planning Inspectorate. 

The deadline for responses is Wednesday the 29th of August at 11.59pm.

For more information about the environmental and climate impact of Drax’s gas plans, please see our briefing here.

How to object

Our ‘alert page‘ contains a pre-drafted ‘consultation response’ about the climate impact of burning gas (feel free to copy and paste, modify and personalise). It also takes you through the simple steps to register as an ‘interested party’ and make your submission directly on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

This will not commit you to any other action but will allow you to submit an objection to the plans.

It would also be great if you would like to personalise your response which will give it more weight.

Please visit our ‘alert page‘ to make your submission.  

Thank you very much on behalf of Biofuelwatch!

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