Every Friday arvo we are going to point you at the weekend’s climate-ish events in Manchester. And tell you a joke.
Here’s the first: “A man walks into a bar and says… ‘ouch'”
Sat 18 Feb, 1-4pm Urban Edible Gardening Workshop at MERCi
This free workshop will give you an introduction to permaculture principles and ‘urban edible gardening’. Come along and make a design for your own edible space – be it window box, back yard, garden or guerilla gardening plot. Children accompanied by parents welcome.This workshop is run by Jennifer Lauruol of Carpe Diem Garden Design for MERCi’s Eco Hub project. For more info on Jennifer’s work see: http://www.carpe-diem-gardens.co.uk
Sat Feb 18, 1 to 3.45pm –
Stories of Climate Justice – Strategies for Change in a changing world This workshop will be facilitated by Southern Voices with Caroline Downey, Executive Director of MERCi (the Manchester Environmental Resource Centre initiative) and Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar.
* Exploring the impact of climate change
* Sharing experiences and success stories
* An opportunity to influence Manchester’s climate change action plan
This will be an interactive and participative workshop.
Venue: MERCi building, Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Ancoats, Manchester. M4 7HR.
Sat Feb 18 12 to 5pm Netroots North West at University of Manchester, £5
“We’re getting together 100 activists and campaigners from across the North West and beyond, for an afternoon of shared learning, ideas and debates.
“Netroots North West aims to facilitate the growth of infrastructure and networks for left and centre-left online activism by creating a space for campaigners and activists to build their capacity, both individually and as a collective movement.
“Come along for practical training sessions in campaigning skills and making the most of technology for activism, discussions on campaign strategies, and presentations on new developments and challenges for online progressives.
“We’ll be releasing more details and a full programme nearer the time, but you can book online now to reserve your place. The afternoon takes place at Manchester University, 12 noon to 5pm. Tickets (strictly limited) are £5, or free to unwaged/student participants.
Sun 19th, 10 to 2pm, As part of our Levenshulme community orchard project, we are holding a work session on Sunday 19th February, based at the Crayfield Road entrance to the Loop in Levenshulme, from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m.
The major part of this session is to tidy up the area of the old Levenshulme station site and adjoining bits of the Loop towards Errwood Road and the Highfield Park lattice bridge. We will also be marking up the orchard site for location of the fruit trees.
All are welcome to help with litter-picking and other small tasks, including explaining what’s going on to passing Loop users. The Friends will provide litter-pickers and rubbish bags and have some strong gloves available (but please bring your own gloves if you can). We recommend suitable footwear for rough ground. Secateurs and/or loppers may also be useful.
And, next Tuesday, 21st February from 5pm to 6pm – “Climate Science and why it has become irrelevant’ ”
“Does the Climate science matter anymore? Everyone who wants to deny the reality of climate change has found ways to do so. For those of us in the real (and warming) world, the ever-more dire warnings about the long-term consequences of what we are doing now does not spur us to real action. So what, if not climate science, will persuade and galvanise individuals and organisations? I don’t know, but I have some suspicions I’d like to share, and want to hear other people’s answers!”
Room 4, University of Manchester Students’ Union, Steve Biko Building, Oxford Road, M13 9PR. 5pm February 21st