Monthly Archives: March 2016

Open Letter to Chair of #Manchester Health Scrutiny Committee about #climate change @bevcraig

Dear Councillor Craig, [, @bevcraig] I know you care about climate change (you are one of the councillors who has completed the face-to-face carbon literacy training, but not the online component). I know that the agenda of the Health Scrutiny … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: “Healthier Streets” 7th April

Manchester City Council can’t even listen to the cyclists it ‘consults’ with about cycle lanes.  What hope is there for making them competent on the much bigger question of “Healthier Streets”?  Maybe someone would like to ask this question on … Continue reading

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GM Low Carbon Hub meets on April Fools Day…#Manchester

The Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub (LCH) is a partnership of local government, businesses and the third sector in Greater Manchester aiming to reduce Greater Manchester’s carbon footprint. It’s slightly pale, and very carbon illiterate. Its next meeting is on … Continue reading

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TfGM admits will miss emissions target by 1.68 million tonnes. #Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester has a public consultation going on.  Not about sardine-packing on Metrolink, but about its Low-Emission (sic) Strategy (sic) and Air Quality Action (sic) Plan (sic). There are of course no guarantees it will listen to anything … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: Carbon Coop AGM 7th April #Manchester

 Carbon Coop is having its AGM from  6pm-8.30pm on Thursday 7th April 2016 at Bridge 5 Mill in Ancoats.  Here Jonathan Atkinson explains a little more about what they’re up to… Climate change is big. Really big. To paraphrase the … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: Non-Violent Direct Action Training in #Manchester, Sat 2nd April

Direct Action Training organised by ‘Groundswell’ For anyone interested in taking direct action. Join this training day to learn: • Creative ways to take and hold a space • Your rights when engaging with the police • Ways of de-escalating … Continue reading

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#Manchester City Council in ‘not listening’ shocker. For 100,000th time

Below is a repost of an article that has appeared on the Manchester Friends of the Earth website.  The tl;dr is this – the City Council has had multiple opportunities to listen to informed and committed citizens.  It has ignored … Continue reading

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Are your councillors carbon literate? Probably not #Manchester #climate #disgrace #debacle

Two years ago, under pressure from activists, the Executive Member for the Environment set a target that by the end of 2014, 60 of the 96 councillors of Manchester City Council (all Labour party, btw) would have completed their ‘carbon … Continue reading

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Exclusive: #Manchester City Council renames Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee

There’s a headline to lead the 6pm news, eh? Manchester City Council has decided to change the name of its “Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee” to “Neighbourhoods and Environment,” with the change taking effect in May. Neighbourhoods is one of six scrutiny … Continue reading

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Another petition about northern renewables, ahead of March Budget.

If you’re of an organsiation that might sign a letter to George Osborne about renewables funding, then read on. If you’re not, move along, nothing to see here…   Dear fellow Northern colleagues Green Alliance is convening a declaration from … Continue reading

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