Could Manchester adopt a more honest “carbon accounting scheme”? Two young Mancunians have produced a brilliant 12 page report called “Total Carbon Footprint – time for a second step.” [Download pdf here]
In 2009 Manchester City Council produced, with stakeholders, the “Manchester Climate Change Action Plan” (also known as Manchester A Certain Future). One of the promises in that report was that the City Council would start reporting on its “embedded” emissions (the energy etc that went into producing the cans of coca-cola etc etc that are consumed – put not produced – in the city). That promise wasn’t kept, and the entire approach was kicked into the long grass.
Now, Joe Blakey and Claire Woolley have – following intensive research and interviews – produced a short, easy-to-read report that is available for everyone – be they councillors, campaigners, academics or “just plain concerned citizens.” Comments are very welcome indeed.
The report (proof-read by Margaret Morris, with illustrations by Marc Roberts) will be formally launched next Monday night (22nd September) at the next meeting of the People’s Environmental Scrutiny Team.* The meeting is free, and takes place at the Moss Side Community Allotment, corner of Bowes and Caythorpe Sts.
and if it’s not opening up for you, click on this link
* Note the name change from “committee” to “team.” Better acronym. Hat-tip to Matt!