Members of the public who are attending the Kevin Anderson presentation at Manchester Town Hall on Weds 30th January are invited to join MCFly co-editor Arwa Aburawa and others from 9am at the Waterhouse pub, on Princess Street.
You will –
- Meet other people concerned about climate change
- Learn more about how Full Council works and what to expect
- Get to check out who your local councillors are (if you don’t already know)
- Get copies of a letter that you can try to give your councillor before or after the Full Council meeting.
- Talk about how we continue and extend the discussions with councillors in the hours/days/weeks/months AFTER the meeting to maximise its impact. MCFly intends to produce some basic materials to help people engage with their councillors. What should those be? Opinions welcome!!
Here’s the current draft of the letter. Comments welcome. A printed-off version will be available.
30th January 2013
Dear Councillor ________________
I am one of your constituents, and I have come today to the Full Council meeting to see Professor Kevin Anderson of the University of Manchester. He has been invited by Council Leader Sir Richard Leese to give a talk about the realities and consequences of climate change.
I appreciate that you are very busy, but climate change is one of those issues we will regret not having taken more action on. It is already hitting the more vulnerable people in Manchester. As food prices and energy prices go up and up, it will hurt your most vulnerable constituents more and more.
We cannot rely on international action – and certainly not on “action” from central Government – to make Manchester fairer and safer for the challenges ahead. The good news is that there are some good plans for making Manchester more resilient and resourceful. Those plans need a bit of a “push” to make them into reality.
I hope that if you have questions today that you ask them. I hope you will take time to learn more about climate change and its impacts on Manchester and the greater world. And to take a greater role in turning the Manchester Climate Change Action Plan (2009) into reality. One way you can begin to do this is to try to attend the next stakeholder conference on climate change. It’s on Monday 4th March, from 1.30pm to 5pm, at Piccadilly Place. You can apply for a ticket to go here – http://www.manchesterclimate.com/node/4595
I hope you will raise the issues around climate change in the Scrutiny Committee(s) that you sit on, so that the committee(s) examine Manchester’s response and vulnerabilities, especially as they affect the poorest and most vulnerable among us (the young, the old, the disabled, the poor).
I hope that after today’s talk that you will feel it is important to investigate what can be done in our own ward to ensure that the most vulnerable people and habitats are protected against the impacts of climate change. I hope, for example, that the next ward plan contains explicit actions around reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases and putting sensible measures in place for future extreme weather events.
I hope to get along to one of your surgeries soon to talk with you in person about the issues raised by today’s talk..