Monthly Archives: December 2018

#Manchester Councillors trained in carbon “literacy” since August? Zero.

About five years ago activists (okay, me and a couple of other people) got the Executive Member for the Environment of Manchester City Council to set a target that all 96 councillors would quickly do a day’s worth of “carbon … Continue reading

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Rant: “Deeds not words”? My fat arse… #Manchester #climate farces continue

As I cycled up towards the Central Library I could see the road blocked off because of protesters brandishing placards.  For a quarter of a second I thought “great, at last, the climate revolution is upon us.”  It was, of … Continue reading

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The danger of “Activist Vuvuzela”. Interview on #climate, #ExtinctionRebellion and much else

Calum is a 40 year old husband, father to two boys who lives in Stockport.  He kindly agreed to answer questions put to him by email.  The answers are thoughtful, provocative and useful.  Comments welcome, but nowt ad hominem please! 1. … Continue reading

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Home responds to questions (without really answering) #Manchester #climate

The arts organisation Home has responded to questions put to it, without clarifying if they intend to have a ‘no-fossil fuels’ policy that would be in keeping with their vaunted “Carbon Literacy” status. Having posted this story, MCFly then sent … Continue reading

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Home may be where the heart is. But spine? Not so much… #Manchester #climate

Went to see Sorry to Bother You (highly recommended) at Home last night. There were the usual advertisements.  One, with a green background, proudly said that Home had made sure all its staff had undertaken Carbon Literacy “training”, and that … Continue reading

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#Manchester Council’s extraordinary and humiliating failure of #climate scrutiny

Manchester City Council has refused to answer basic questions about when councillors became aware that quarterly climate reports had been unilaterally abolished. Two weeks after all councillors on the Neighbourhood and Environment Scrutiny Committee (NESC) were sent a short specific … Continue reading

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Letter in MEN: Leadership by glossy brochure, not example. #Manchester #flyingcouncillors

So, I may be off Richard and Angeliki’s Christmas card lists.  #gutted. This* appeared in yesterday’s Manchester Evening News: * I’ve tidied it up so it’s in one column

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#Tameside Council taking #carbon literacy super-seriously #climatebreakdown

So, someone had the bright idea to send Freedom of Information Act requests to councils in Greater Manchester, asking how many senior figures (politicians and bureaucrats) had undertaken the much-vaunted “Carbon Literacy” training, and how much money had been spent … Continue reading

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Upcoming event: Extinction Rebellion, Friday 14th December, #Manchester

From Facebook- Extinction Rebellion is founded on historical movements of civil disobedience. On Friday 14th December we will stand in honour of one of these movements, demonstrating that change is possible. That change will happen. We demand deeds, not words. … Continue reading

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Going through the “democratic” motions: a complaint about #Manchester Labour and #climate inaction

UPDATE:  The email I went to for complaints was only for officers’ behaviour.  It turns out you have to go here, download a pdf, fill it in (if you have the software to do that – elsewise presumably you have … Continue reading

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