Monthly Archives: February 2015

“How long have we got” – an attempt at an answer

So this appeared on a facebook thread – I feel cheated. I adapted my lifestyle to make it as low carbon as I could. I voted for parties who would take action on climate change. I even directly campaigned against … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: Education for Sustainability Forum/Networking event, Fri 27th Feb

“Just to remind folk that the Greater Manchester ESD Forum is holding a hustings on education for sustainability this Friday 27th Feb, 2.30 – 5pm at Bridge 5 Mill. The Conservatives, Labour and the Greens are coming, so bring your … Continue reading

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Steady State #Manchester on that “Future Cities Farce… sorry FORUM”

There was a truly diabolical wrist-slasher of an event at the beginning of last week called a “Future Cities Forum”. It was the kind of forum where seven white people (six men and one woman) stand at the front and … Continue reading

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#Manchester Council gives MMU £13k for carbon literacy training – with no contract!

Manchester City Council has given a “contract” worth £12,900 for carbon literacy training … without going to the bother of a written contract!!  Against a target of 60 councillors ‘carbon literate’ by the end of 2014, the actual number was… … Continue reading

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#Manchester Council’s feeble spin machine splutters and coughs on #climate

Manchester City Council set a target (after being prodded by activists) of 60 of its 96 Councillors being “carbon literate” by the end of 2014. They awarded a £13k contract to Manchester Metropolitan University to deliver this training (which was … Continue reading

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Interview with Professor Matthew Paterson, ahead of “cultural politics of #climate”, Thurs 19th Feb

On Thursday 19th February, from 2pm, Professor Matthew Paterson is giving a seminar at University of Manchester on the Cultural Politics of Climate Change. It is open to members of the public.  It will be held in Room 10.05 Harold … Continue reading

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What #Manchester could learn from Cape Town on #climate action (but won’t)

MCFly reader Jon Silver on what Manchester – its people and government – could learn from “the South.” But given the wilfully blindness and deafness of the Council’s elected members and bureaucrats, don’t hold your breath… Learning from Cape Town’s … Continue reading

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Davyhulme Incinerator “on hold”

From press release: The Breathe Clean Air Group is delighted to hear that plans for constructing the Davyhulme Incinerator are on hold. “This is very encouraging news”, said Pete Kilvert, Chairman of the group “and we wish to place on record our … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events: “Cultural Politics of Climate Change” + “Energy Transition pathways” #Manchester Thurs 19th Feb

Two events at University of Manchester promise to be excellent think-fodder next Thursday, 19th February. From 2pm there’s a seminar on “the Cultural Politics of Climate Change” by Matthew Paterson, now at the University of Ottawa (see biog here). It’s … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Facepalm: £15bn subsidies for coal technologies

From here.

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