Monthly Archives: April 2021

Letter in the MEN: #Climate as a social justice issue. What is to be done?

THE article about Greta Thunberg (“I’ve always been a shy, invisible girl at the back that no one listens to,” M.EN. 16 April) was very welcome.  The teenager, who has been advised by Professor Kevin Anderson of University of Manchester, … Continue reading

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Letter: Asphalt bumble by Council, as usual

POTHOLES are a serious problem for drivers and even more so for cyclists. The letter by Observer (Viewpoints, 15 April) points to a promise-delivery gap on this. In late March the annual survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance revealed that … Continue reading

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Event: ‘Decarbonising Consumption in #Manchester’s Covid-19 Recovery’ Tues 20th April

Cities like Manchester, with an import-based economy, outsource a large amount of their carbon emissions to areas where goods and services are produced. It is estimated that the consumption-based footprint for Manchester is at least 1.5 times larger than its … Continue reading

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Letter: Greater #Manchester Spatial Framework and meaningless buzzwords around #climate

NAMES of official documents can tell you a lot – especially about what their authors want you to believe.  Your local democracy reporter Niall Griffiths tells us (“Council support masterplan for region’s housing”, M.E.N. 7 April) that the rebranded Greater Manchester Spatial Framework … Continue reading

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It’s not about the individuals, it’s about the structures. (Of polar bears and penguins)

We are encouraged to think about systemic problems as ones of individual choice, good/bad behaviour. In part that is just how we are “wired”. We can see individuals, we can witness threatening behaviours. The structures and landscapes on which these … Continue reading

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Letter: Police Bill strengthens state against weakened society

Margaret Brown (Viewpoints, 6 April) seems somewhat confused in her letter. She seems to think that protestors are calling for “a restriction of police powers”.  This is simply not the case. What they are actually calling for is the abandonment … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Manchester City Council fails AGAIN to appoint a Director of its #climate change “agency”

Manchester City Council has failed, for the second time in as many years, to find someone to lead the community interest company it grandly calls a climate change “Agency” As reported here in February 2020, Manchester City Council failed to … Continue reading

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