Manchester Climate weekly nuggets 14 May 2012

Hi all,

I hope you were all transfixed by the long-awaited major sporting event yesterday. I refer of course to Roger Federer regaining world number 2 spot. Onwards and upwards, Mr Federer…
Anyway, later this week we’re going to publish a post about MCFly’s next 18 months and what we think (measurable) success will look like. We hope that people comment on it, and tell us where we’re going wrong (and right).

Best wishes
Marc Hudson

PS A date for your diary – Friday 15th June in the evening. You can be one of the people ending activism.

Coming up this week

(And see also our calendar – month by month – under the “meet” tag in the menu bar at the top of the site)
Mon 14, 7pm Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign monthly meeting, Friends Meeting House, Mount St

Weds 16 to Sat 19 May Future Everything. Art, Music, Ideas

Friday 18th May, 7.30pm Running Order performance (Passenger 10)
a Virtual Migrants performance by artists Tracey Zengeni, Sai Murai, Razia Mohamed, Aidan Jolly, Tanha Mehrzad and Kooj Chuhan at the Creative Corner Café, 14 Milton Grove, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 0BP, UK Admission free
Connecting the climate with US wars, UK policing and the refugee experience is a challenge for aspiring radio presenter Amira. A semi-improvised performance full of songs and poetry from contrasting geographies including Zimbabwe, Iran and the UK, performed in dialogue with the audience and accompanying the ‘Buy This’ video installation. ‘Running Order’ is the latest in the ‘Passenger’ series of events, involving the installation as an integral component.
Admission free – come early to be sure of a seat

Stories you may have missed on the MCFly website

Lessons we like to pretend we’ve learned
If you put aside the day-to-day stuff, and just keep asking the same “why” question, surprising things can emerge.

Paid gigs!
Job Alert: AfSL development worker sought
Herbie Coordinator
£21,883 (£17,506 pro- rata for 4 days a week)
Contract until the end of March 2013.
Herbie is a food project run by the sustainability charity MERCi. This is an excellent opportunity for someone passionate about good food and sustainability to really make a difference in Manchester. The Coordinator will develop the business and market the services of Herbie.
For an application pack please go to or telephone 0161 273 1736 to request a pack (deadline Wed 30 May).

Things worth reading
David Suzuki reckons we are toast and that the environmental movement has flunked.  Yup and yup. Meanwhile, Occupy St Louis are strategizing for a living revolution. Meanwhile, Australia – so often a time machine if you want to travel to the past – has got a time machine for the future; they’re looking at the effect of raised C02 on woodlands. Bet you a) it makes the trees grow faster and b) denialbots latch onto this. Joe Romm has a great post at “Climate Progress” – “Hug the Monster: Why so many Climate Scientists have stopped downplaying the Climate Threat”

Aspiring network-builders will want to read Tim Kastelle  on “Why you should care about network structure”

Climate change has negatively affected a number of Fairtrade producers in Africa. With this in mind, Fairtrade Africa began to engage climate change policy processes in 2010 to represent the voice of producers. As part of this effort, in 2011 Fairtrade Africa created the website The objectives of this website include:

•       To share impact stories about climate change from Fairtrade farmers with a broader group of people and organisations
•       Encourage sharing of information on climate change between farmers and other stakeholders
•       Encourage discussion on key climate change issues that affect farmers

Things worth watching
I’m on a motherf**king bike!

Tyndall Centre’s John Broderick in the New Statesman, “acknowledging the scale and urgency of the challenge we face”

New climate websites we’ve stumbled across
Climate mama


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Was print format from 2012 to 13. Now web only. All things climate and resilience in (Greater) Manchester.
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