don’t forget to book your annual leave/child-minder etc for Friday 16th March, for the second “Stakeholder Conference” on the Climate Change Action Plan. Apparently the venue and booking arrangements will be announced imminently.
Other dates for your diary -Mon February 6th – MCFly’s first book club (Animal Farm). Tues Feb 14th – Green Valentines, from 8pm at the Sandbar. And International Women’s Day event at Manchester Town Hall on Sunday March 4th, around the themes of “recognize, represent and resolve.” More details to follow…
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Coming up this week
Weds 25 Jan, 8 till 11 “A Reasonable Cause,” in the Kraak Gallery Northern Quarter. A night of music, short film, a talk about something green, and a lot of fun.”The editors of Manchester Climate Monthly will be along to give brief talks and answer questions.
Thurs 26 Jan, 6pm FuellingManchester – a networking & socialising opportunity for community renewables projects across Greater Manchester
Bulls Head Pub (M1 2PN)
Thurs 26, 6.30pm Manchester Friends of the Earth Campaigns Meeting. On the last Thursday of each month, come along to the Green Fish Resource Centre on Oldham Street (next to Mint Lounge) to get stuck into doing actions on each of FoE’s campaign areas.
Thurs 26, 8pm Greenpeace monthly meeting, upstairs at Ape and Apple pub, John Dalton St, City Centre
MCFly stories you may have missed
Climate adaptation and information technology
Manchester law firm cuts its own environmental footprint
News Flash: Christie car park turned down
The Land Army digs in
Airport City, against and for…
Grab the money and run
London-based “Network Development Officer” for Stop Climate Chaos. See here.
Local and Regional News
Action for Sustainable Living in partnership with Ecospheric secured Chorltonville funding from the Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) to help promote energy efficiency in all its 262 households. LEAF is a government grant for communities to help them understand the potential for improvements in their homes and prepare for new opportunities in sustainable energy and climate change arising from the Green Deal, Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed in Tariffs. Other North West projects also got money
Jan 19 The Planning and Highways Committee of Manchester City Council decides it is “minded to refuse” the Christie application to build a multi-storey car park. A £20m research centre also got turned down, because it was “bundled” with the car park… Watch this space.
Jan 22 The Manchester Green Party held its Annual General Meeting. A committee of eight was elected. Brian Candeland moves to the new role of Speaker responsible principally for representing the party to external audiences, whilst Chris Gibbins replaces him as Chair with the focus on managing internal party business; David Mottram remains as Secretary.
Jan 19 An open letter by various worthies warns the Bank of England that fossil fuel reserves will soon be “sub-prime assets.”
Jan 22 A river doesn’t run through it. An Environment Agency report says England’s rivers will be toast ‘unless something is done.’ Toast, then…
The BBC reports that “UK wildlife charities are asking for people’s help in examining if hedgehogs are being affected by climate change. Retired hedgehog expert Dr Pat Morris performed a study 40 years ago showing that temperature affects when the animals emerge from hibernation. With the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species, he wants to see if warming since then has changed things.”