PMT #4: Tell us your experiences of meetings, positive and negative… for #Manchester #climate #movement-building

webMCFlyWe want to hear from you!  We hope you will share your experiences of meetings(1); things that went well or poorly, things that happened that inspired or demoralised you.  Please add your comments under this post (not on facebook!), or else email us at

If you are feeling particularly adventurous and helpful, why not ask your “non-climate” friends for their perceptions of what happens at meetings put on by environmentalists!

What are we going to do with all this information? Well, from the next issue of Manchester Climate Monthly (published on Monday 4th Feb) onwards, we are going to have a page of people’s thoughts on issues around “movement-building”. Topics will include – well, if you’re interested, scroll down for some examples!

PS. PMT #3 – success! Thanks to all who have helped so far!


(1) We are leaving that word ambiguous. It might be a big public meeting, or an “organising” meeting of a group. It does not have to be a “climate” or “environment” meeting, or one that happened in Manchester, or even in the UK. Or even in this millennium. Open season!!

Probable order of questions.
Jan – What are people’s experiences of meetings? (especially new people)
Feb – How do we maintain morale so that people who are already “in” the movement don’t drift away/leave in despair?
March – How do we get more people (especially ones who don’t look like us; white, middle-class, child-free) involved in the “climate movement”?
April – How do we attract back people who were involved but have become burnt out,/
disenchanted/engaged in other things.
May – What are the particular difficulties groups trying to tackle “climate change” face?
June – What do people need (skills, knowledge, other stuff) in order to stay involved in the “climate movement”?
July – What lessons can we learn from other movements (local or elsewhere, present or past)
August – How do we make sure we learn and share (the right lessons) from our successes and failures?


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3 Responses to PMT #4: Tell us your experiences of meetings, positive and negative… for #Manchester #climate #movement-building

  1. Roger Griffiths says:


    During the last 2 or 3 weeks I have responded to two appeals coming via Manchester Climate Monthly. One was to offer help in their office or to work at home and send the results in, the other was to go on a course which was on offer. The silence has been as loud as that of Manchester City Council’s but more piercing in some way. I suppose it just shows that our movement is just as inefficient as the ones we are trying to reform and I don’t want to be too critical. Its just that it is very energy draining especially if you don’t have too much energy yourself !

    I think your idea for getting feedback is a good one. I’m feeling better already.

    Cheers, Roger

    • Thanks for responding to the appeals! We genuinely didn’t get the one offering help. We’re not saying that we are perfect at making use of volunteer offers – we are far from it. But we are trying (just ask the Council – they think we are trying!).

      Apologies anyway, and we hope you’ll give us a second (or third, from your perspective!) chance.

      Marc Hudson

  2. Via email –
    If a Q & A is planned at the end of a meeting, what is required is a strong, impartial chair. I’ve been to at least one meeting where I was convinced that the chair selected her friends to speak (“Yes, Mary, What’s your point?”) and then allowed said friends to ramble on for 10 minutes. Meanwhile unrecognised attendees (who couldn’t be relied on to ‘follow the party line’?) were not allowed get a word in edgeways!

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