Upcoming Events: Meeting on #fracking and #climate, #Manchester Tues 16th Oct

… and a solidarity demo/protest in Preston.

2018 10 16 meetingClimate Emergency Public Meeting (jointly organised with Fossil Free GM & Manchester Campaign Against Climate Change next Tuesday 16th October, 7pm, at Friends Meeting House, near Manchester Town Hall, M2 5NS .

NB Additional speakers from Shell Out Campaign and Extinction Rebellion, have been invited.
And we will have a Lipspeaker with Sign, so meeting will be more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people (please arrive a little before 7 so we can seat you near the lipspeaker).
New event:
National demo at Preston New Rd  fracking site, Saturday 20th October: Free the Three and Protest the Start of Fracking!
We have booked a coach:leaves 9.15am from Chorlton St.,returning 4pm. Book your free place (donations on the day if you can) on this eventbrite site:
or text me on 07981495614
Other events:
Fridays for Future Protest / Vigil tomorrow, Friday 12th outside Manchester Town Hall-11.30-1.30
Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school student, has started a climate campaign called Fridays for Future, standing outside the Swedish Parliament every Friday. People all over the world are doing similar protests and we have started one in Manchester.
Look for  Allan Challenger  outside Town Hall main entrance , or at rear entrance in Peace Garden behind (on St Peter’s Square) – see detail in Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2186562534955868/
Protest/lobby of Greater Manchester Pension Fund AGM, Friday 19th October
GMPF is the biggest investing Pension Fund in England in Fracking industries. Protest from 12 noon at Guardsman Tony Downes House, Manchester Rd, Droylsden  (near Droylsden metrolink): get pension money out of fossil fuels!
In planning: Free the 3 Fundraiser gig Saturday 3rd November from 7.00pm
A fundraiser for the four surfers, one who is now out of prison and the three others who are just begining their sentences.
Let’s show them and the four surfers that they have 100% support from all of us, we have a night of fantastic live music lined up, Venue details to follow it is going to be in Manchester.
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Protest abt #climate in #Manchester, this Friday, 12th October, #AlbertSquare

Gessen-GretaThunbergGreta Thunberg (interview) is a 15 year old schoolgirl from Sweden who went on a 2 week school strike prior to the Swedish elections in protest at her Governments failure to take adequate measures to deal with the crisis that faces our climate. She is continuing her protest outside the Swedish Parliament every Friday until the Government takes acts in line with the Paris climate recommendations.
In Greta’s own words:

“I will go on with the school strike. Every Friday as from now I will sit outside Swedish parliament untill Sweden is in lline with the Paris agreement. 
I urge all of you to do the same – sit outside your parliament or local government wherever you are – until your country is on safe a pathway to a below 2 degree warming target. 
Time is much shorter than we think. 
Failure means disaster. 
The changes required are enormous and we must all contribute in every part of our daily life. Especially us in the rich countries where no nation is doing nearly enough. 
The grown ups have failed us. 
And since most of them, including the press and the politicians, keep ignoring the situation, we must take action in to our own hands. Starting today. 
Everyone is welcome. Everyone is needed. 
Please join in.”
#GretaThunberg #climatestrike #schoolstrike #fridaysforfuture #FFF

This action is one of many actions taking place across Europe in solidarity with Greta and makes the same demands on our own Government.

If you wish to support Greta’s initiative then I invite you to join me (Allan Challenger – contact allan.challenger@gmail.com )   in Manchester outside the Town Hall in Albert Square this coming Friday 12th October from 11.30 to 1.30 pm. (We can decide together then where we best should sit or stand)

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Upcoming Carbon Coop events and training #Manchester

carbon coop poster.pngGreen Open Homes Weekend – 29th + 30th Sept 2018
Visit Eco-Homes
Homes across Greater Manchester are opening their doors for one weekend for visitors to have a nosey!
Come and see: External & Internal Wall Insulation | MVHR | Solar PV & Thermal | Biomass boilers | Smart heating controls | Triple glazing | High levels of airtightness | LED and efficient appliances | various ventilation strategies | Loft and floor insulation + more…
Carbon Co-op Autumn Training Schedule
Practical training from trusted industry professionals, learn everything you need to know to improve your home, making it warmer, healthier and greener.
Upcoming trainings:

  • Routes to Retrofit – turning your plans into reality – Sat 6th & 13th Oct 2018 book now
  • Introduction to Off-Grid Power Sytems – Sat 20th Oct 2018 – book now
  • Draught-proofing for homeowners – Sat 27th Oct 2018 – book now
  • Ventilation for Retrofit – Weds 7th Nov 2018 – book now
  • Principles of Retrofit – Thurs 8th and 15th Nov 2018 – book now

Limited discounted tickets available for all course. First come, first served.

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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 http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/maps/interactive-map/?id=9

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

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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