Was it worth the wait? Of course it wasn’t.
Despite the “honesty” (Was there a choice? Was there really any way to spin the last five wasted years as any ‘success’?) of admitting things are hopelessly behind schedule, the Manchester A Certain Future “report” ignores the starkest realities (two “implementation plans” instead of the one thousand aimed for, 1000 carbon literate citizens instead of one million, promised elections cancelled etc etc) and is silent on why things have been so hopelessly mismanaged. And in the absence of identifying that, how can anyone have confidence things will be different in the future?
Of course, there are upbeat pictures of beehives and all that malarkey. Great.
At the end, we are told this –
The Steering Group has also identified the need to look at how it invites, receives, takes
action on and responds to feedback. The MACF website is currently being updated
to include an area to welcome comments, ideas, suggestions and offers of assistance,
facilitate the sharing of information and to promote action.
[Incredible!! It has taken them FOUR YEARS to get to this?? What on EARTH have they been DOING???]
In addition, a number of locally hosted, focused events will be taking place on a regular basis.
The first of these events is expected to be in September 2014 and is currently intended
to cover: what actions do the Steering Group need to deliver to support and enable the
delivery of MACF; and what should MACF 2015-20 cover, building on the findings of the
2014 Annual Report and progress to date.
Oh, and the report isn’t available on the manchesterclimate.com website yet.
It is available on “ontheplatform“, that infamously embarrassing boosterist pravda, which doesn’t allow comments. That’s the commitment to democracy you’d expect of people who dabbled in Stalinism in their youth.
It’s also here.