Around 50 people gathered in Central Manchester last night at a debate and “q and a session” on the topic “Is Manchester City Council taking the right action on climate change?” Chaired by Lucy Danger of Emerge, the panel consisted of Cllr Nigel Murphy (Labour), Cllr Marc Ramsbottom (Lib Dem) and Brian Candeland (Greens). Questions ranged over food, education, cycling, recycling, behaviour change, the Council’s own programme of action and the international responsibilities and capabilities of a city like Manchester.
There were, inevitably, more questions than could be covered in the hour available. Unasked questions were collated and will be put to the panellists. A “blow by blow” account will follow shortly on this website.
The event was filmed by Reelmcr, and small portions of it will be available to view at a later date. Reelmcr also interviewed several audience members about their thoughts on climate change and the actions they are taking.
Feedback forms were also collected (more than six, or is it petty to say so?), and along with accounts, these will be published within a week. Many people made constructive suggestions about how such events could be improved in the future, and these too will be shared.
Marc, I thought that although the hall wasn’t full, it was a successful meeting. All credit to you for it. I enjoyed the event and found it stimulating. I think others will have done so and that it furthered the cause.
Thanks for organising this and having a go at promoting public participation. Definitely worth repeating soon.
Thanks for all the hard work you did organising this event, I certainly enjoyed being involved.
I am very glad you, Marc, Brian and Lucy took time to attend, and I think people appreciated being able to ask questions – if only there’d been more time!