There are two important meetings coming up. The first one is you could miss without missing too much. The second is un-missable and please come if you can.
Climate Action in Manchester – where next?
Following on from the open letter to Manchester City Council suggesting 9 actions it could take to improve communication and performance around climate change, what actions should we citizens be taking? This meeting will be in an interactive and participatory format. Expect to be asked to talk to people around you, and to share ideas. It’s OK if you don’t think you have many, it’s not a competition. Come meet other concerned and interesting people for practical planning! Organised by Manchester Climate Monthly.
When: 6.30pm onwards (come when you can! -it will be a rolling programme), Tuesday 25 February
Where: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
First meeting; On Wednesday 12th February the Executive of Manchester City Council meets (10am, Town Hall). One of the items will be the Climate Change Plan 2014-17. All you need to know is this –
In October 2010 Manchester City Council released its 10 year plan for the period 2010 to 2020 on Climate Change. One of its targets was to reduce its own carbon emissions by 20% by 2014, so that momentum would be created towards a planned 41% reduction by 2020.
At every subsequent meeting about progress since then, elected members of the Council have been assured that this was going to be done. As late as July 2013 members of the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee were told by officers that it would be done. That report, by the way, never came to Executive, despite a promise it would.
Last Tuesday the Climate Plan 2014 to 2017 was presented to Neighbourhoods Scrutiny. It contained the admission that emissions had gone back upwards and that the Council would – if everything went according to plan – achieve a 13% reduction. 13% is not 20%.
If you want to come to the meeting, at which we will be trying to table the Open Letter and the Implementation Plan (see next post) for it,then come join us at the Waterhouse Pub on Princess St from 9am onwards. We will then walk over to the Scrutiny Room.
You do not need to book for either of these meetings!