Monthly Archives: January 2016

Floods, climate change and council pension fund investments. #Manchester

From press release: Local campaigners are calling on Greater Manchester’s local authority pension fund to learn the lessons from the recent floods and redirect investments away from the fossil fuels that cause climate change. The terrible flooding that hit parts … Continue reading

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“Community Energy GM” – #Manchester #solar

From press release: Something amazing is happening right on our doorstep…and it’s called Community Energy GM (CEGM) 18 of our local community organisations in Greater Manchester – youth clubs, community gardens, disability charities and furniture recycling centres to name a … Continue reading

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On renewables versus fossil fuels- games incumbents play… #Manchester #climate #LootingTIvoryTower

Here’s the latest “Looting the Ivory Tower” blog post, by Sarah Warren. Sarah worked in the NHS for a number of years and is currently studying with the Centre for Alternative Technology in North Wales, towards a MSc in Sustainability … Continue reading

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Greater #Manchester Low Carbon Hub tenders for “core dataset” framework. At last.

Four years after launching its climate change “plan”, Greater Manchester has finally gotten around to establishing a”core dataset and accounting system framework” for its climate change, energy and greenhouse gas data. In fact, it’s even worse than that, because they’ve … Continue reading

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#Manchester Green Party resolutions for 2016, assessment of 2015

Here are the answers of Manchester Green Party to the 11 questions that MCFly is asking lots of different environmentally-oriented groups.  So far Kindling Trust, Carbon Coop and Global Justice Now have also answered.  There’s still time for other groups … Continue reading

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NEWSFLASH: Low Carbon Hub meetings now open to the public #Manchester #democracy

Some good news.  In a welcome and sensible move, the meetings of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub are now (re)-opened to the public. That does NOT mean anyone can go along and say anything they like (“a public meeting”), … Continue reading

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Carbon Coop social,”retrofit stories” Sat Jan 30th

Carbon Co-op January Social Come and join us for brunch at Honest Coffee, an exciting new creative space in Salford. WHEN: 10:30am – 1pm, Sat 30th Jan WHERE: Honest Coffee, 77-79 Chapel Street Salford, M3 5BZ COST: Members FREE, Non-Members … Continue reading

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Scrutiny Week – January 2016. #Manchester

Manchester City Council has 6 “scrutiny” committees that are supposed to keep tabs on what the 9 member Executive and the officers are up to. Supposed to. One of the problems is, there is not a single non-Labour councillor. So, … Continue reading

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Basic question about the Low Carbon Hub and “consistent public reporting” #transparency #climate #Manchester

Dear Councillor Derbyshire, I am writing to you in your capacity as the chair of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub. I hope the event on Saturday morning that Friends of the Earth has organised goes well. Sadly I cannot … Continue reading

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#Manchester Council spends £70k on Steering Group. Gets what exactly? #climate #debacle

Manchester City Council has spent roughly seventy thousand pounds supporting a group that can’t even organise its own website, submit grant applications  and will not allow councillors attend its meetings.   The “Stakeholder Steering Group“, (also known as “MACF”)  for the … Continue reading

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