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Was print format from 2012 to 13. Now web only. All things climate and resilience in (Greater) Manchester.

Letter in MEN: Council could act

Thank you for article “Forest blazes destroy balance” (M.E.N., 26 February) which clearly explained another major threat to everyone’s future. At the moment forests turn the carbon we humans are putting into the atmosphere when we burn oil, coal and gas into … Continue reading

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Letter in MEN: council consultations are shoddy af. @TreesNotCars

So, on Saturday I a) wrote something about “the End of Leese” b) fired off a letter to the MEN. They published it (and another good ‘un) It’s great that Manchester City Council has been listening to people in the … Continue reading

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The end of the Leese era approaches? Of Retail Park defeat, Tombstones and new committees?

Marc Hudson, writing with his Manchester Climate Monthly hat on, ponders the recent past and the near future of his adopted home. There are adults reading this who were not born when Richard Leese – after 6 years as deputy … Continue reading

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Rant: On “stakeholders”

People look at the Manchester Climate Change “Agency” and are lost in figuring out how it relates to the other bits of the puzzle; who funds it, who scrutinises it, who sets the direction, who is – ultimately -responsible. And … Continue reading

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“#Climate change at the centre of everything we do.” #Manchester City Council and its car park revenues…

This morning the Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee heard from Chloe Jeffries of Climate Emergency Manchester (full disclosure – Dr Jeffries is a friend, and we are both core group members of CEM). CEM is campaigning for proper scrutiny of … Continue reading

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Letter: #Manchester City Council avoiding the big problems.

The report “Call for city roads to be ‘pedestrian only’” (M.E.N., 4 February) was both simultaneously hopeful and fundamentally depressing.It’s hopeful because the tide may be turning after decades of Manchester City Council’s pro-car obsession (though we shall see – they have … Continue reading

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Letter: #Manchester City Council, #climate change and the Challenger disaster

Your article “73 seconds to tragedy” (M.E.N., 31 January) was a good reminder of the Challenger Space Shuttle’s destruction. The night before the shuttle was torn apart high above Florida, the engineers for Morton Thiokol, the company that built its booster … Continue reading

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Manchester City Council takes ALMOs back in hearse, sorry, house. Costs and scrutiny arrangements revealed.

Back in 2005 Manchester City Council divested itself of responsibility for some social housing (the EU was making all sorts of inducements available, and this was peak-Blair too). Well, the “experiment” ended in tears, as reported by a journo for … Continue reading

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#Manchester City Council, #LevyBeeNetwork and #climate action- what we learn, aka “Three ways to hell”

Three ways to hell: What do we learn about Manchester City Council? There seem to be three possibilities for civil society organisations trying to get Manchester City Council to play a useful role in making this city greener or fairer  … Continue reading

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Interview with Rosemary Randall, psychoanalyst and author of brilliant #climate novel “Transgression”

A superb novel about climate activism (and much more) was released earlier this year. It is by Rosemary Randall, a retired psychoanalyst who has written a great deal (of extremely useful) work on the psychodynamics of meetings, and on climate … Continue reading

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