Monthly Archives: February 2015

Upcoming Event: Vigil for cyclist, Friday 13th February, 6.30pm

Artur Piotr Ruszel, aged 45, was cycling on Upper Brook Street on the morning of Tuesday 13th January 2015 when he was involved in a collision with a car. He died from his injuries later the same day [1]. On … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: Offshore wind in the UK and global production networks Mon Feb 16th #Manchester

The Centre for Urban Energy and Resilience at the School of Environment, Education and Development (University of Manchester) is co-hosting this event with the Geography research seminar series and the Global Production Networks, Labour & Trade Research Group:    Path … Continue reading


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Councillor Rosa Battle says hundreds consulted on Green Infrastructure. Actual number – fewer than 50.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, told elected members of the Council that hundreds of people had been consulted on the outsourced-for-£30,000 “Green and Blue Infrastructure” strategy. The actual number, once you take out council employees? Less … Continue reading

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No future, for you and me. Or #Manchester, frankly.

Watch this video. It will put you in the mood. Fifty people met (let’s get the demographics out the way; 2/3rds male, mostly 40+ professionals and retireds. A grand total of two people of colour. “Pale, male and stale” a … Continue reading

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Scrutiny Week Feb 2015 for #Manchester Council – why aren’t they releasing info in this format?

There is no page on Manchester City Council’s “award-winning” website where you can see “in one go” the agendas of all the 6 scrutiny committees that are supposed to keep tabs on the all-powerful Executive and the shadowy and equally … Continue reading

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#Manchester Council misses #climate plan deadline

Manchester’s elected representatives will NOT get the chance to scrutinise the city council’s climate ‘achievements’ and future plans this week. An annual report on the council’s climate plan had been promised to the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee since last February. Despite … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: #Manchester University students call for divestment – Fri 13th Feb, 12 noon

Press Release: As part of Global Divestment Day on the 13th of February, Manchester students in conjunction with local campaign groups will be demonstrating outside University Place at 12pm for divestment from the fossil fuel industry. Fossil Free are campaigning … Continue reading

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Book Review: This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein

This excellent book review is re-posted with permission from the site of a PhD student colleague.  His site has many other posts as insightful as this one below… January 12, 2015 by Falsum A passage in Naomi Klein’s new climate … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: Chico Mendes film screening/event , Sat 28th Feb, Mossley

Interactive Digital Carnival Installation inspired by environmental activism stories from across the world – including Chico Mendes. SPECIAL OPENING EVENTS SAT 28th FEB incl. Film Screening, discussion, Multimedia Music Performance, live Brazil link, interviews, poetry and free food! Full details: … Continue reading

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“Processed Food” event in #Manchester Feb 17th, 3.30 – 5.00pm

Watching Mold Grow: Facts, Politics and “Processed Food” Lesson Plans   Dr Charlotte Biltekoff, University of California, Davis   Should we fear or celebrate bread that does not get moldy after 3 days inside a moist plastic bag? This talk … Continue reading

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