Monthly Archives: May 2012

Environment Commission plays musical chairs; without a chair.

and the song is “The Sound of Silence.“ By dawn on May 4th Dave Goddard, chair of the Environment Commission, knew he had lost his council seat. Later that day we phoned and then sent an email to officers who … Continue reading

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Event Report: #Manchester #madf or a digital future. A green one? Not so much.

Attention Conservation Notice: This is an account of a two hour ‘debate’ about Manchester’s digital future. Nobody brought up climate change as an Issue. A panel consisting of Dave Carter (Manchester Digital Development Agency), Dave Mee (Madlab) Tim Roberts (I-Com) … Continue reading

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Ecocities “widening debate” on Manchester adaptation – in parallel universe, maybe

Words like “engagement”, and “involvement” and “stakeholders” get tossed around pretty lightly in Manchester. The reality is somewhat more tawdry. The latest example of the gap between what is said and what is done comes to us from the world … Continue reading

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Book Review: Green Political Thought

MCFly reader “shakkka” reviewed Andrew Dobson’s “Green Political Thought” on her site. We’ve pinched it, with her permission. I’ve been reading a book that I once read when I was about 13, given to me by my geography teacher at … Continue reading

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Job Alert: Herbie co-ordinator

Via Manchester Friends of the Earth‘s weekly bulletin, comes this 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Event Report: “Mediating climate change in the city”

Long-time MCFly reader (he has other achievements!) Jonathan Silver sent us this account of a recent event at Durham University.  There’s a disclaimer at the end. An ambitious week-long event at Durham University, as part of Harriet Bulkeley’s Urban Transition … Continue reading

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Video Review: Top 10 Myths of Behaviour Change

Laurence Menhinick watches a 30 minute video on behaviour change and comes away impressed… “ People just don’t care and are too lazy to do anything about climate change” “All it needs to work is regulations or incentives” “We need … Continue reading

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Something for the Weekend 11th May 2012

No joke this week. We were going to make a pun about herbs, or fish. But then we decided that this is neither the thyme nor the plaice. And this weekend… Saturday 12th, 12 noon to 1.30am Levenshulme Beer Festival. … Continue reading

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Interview: Alistair Ulph of the Sustainable Consumption Institute

Manchester Climate Monthly speaks to Alistair Ulph, acting Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester  The Sustainable Consumption Institute was set up in 2007 with a £25 donation from Tesco – every “little” helps. The SCI’s … Continue reading

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