Category Archives: capacity building

Predictions about the #climate rally in #Manchester today

As a trainee (social) scientist, I’m gonna make some predictions about the climate rally today. Based on my theories that the climate movement is an exemplar of the Smugosphere – that place where we do things because we can and … Continue reading

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Upcoming Course – “Politics, Campaigning & Communities”

Politics, Campaigning & Communities Course Tuesday 22 September for 10 sessions Nazarene Theological College, Dene Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2GU.  For those who want to change the World but don’t know where to start! Lectures, workshops, discussions and exercises, empowering and equipping … Continue reading

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“So we bleat on…”; Q&As/P&As and the pathological meetings of academics and activists

This article outlines the very familiar pathological pattern of meetings at which dialogue is lauded and then slaughtered, the usual attempts to fix the pathologies, and then describes why they usually fail. It closes out with what COULD be done, and … Continue reading

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#Manchester #climate organisers -training offered…

cut and paste from Friends of the Earth email. Climate action in Manchester 19 May 2015   Dear [Everyone] There are many reasons we can be hopeful about tackling climate change – we’ve kept the UK Frack Free for four … Continue reading

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Of marches, #emotathons and social movements #climate

There’s a march happening today in London, on climate change. There was a time I’d have gone, “on principle.”  Now, pretty much on principle, I won’t.  Here’s why; And emotathons? Oh, and screw Paris.

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“How long have we got” – an attempt at an answer

So this appeared on a facebook thread – I feel cheated. I adapted my lifestyle to make it as low carbon as I could. I voted for parties who would take action on climate change. I even directly campaigned against … Continue reading

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#Manchester Environmental Education Network website relaunched – quite snazzy…

It’ s here.   And, stolen from the public facebook of the co-ordinator, this kinda sums it up… Coming back through school I was spotted by pupils who came rushing up to me asking ‘Are we doing Eco Club today?’ … Continue reading

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#Manchester City Council and the “Scrutiny Mutiny” – new report by People’s Environmental Scrutiny Team

Hot on the heels of the excellent “Total Carbon Footprint” report released two days ago comes a much shorter report. Both will be discussed next Monday, 22nd September, at the next meeting of the “People’s Environmental Scrutiny Team”. If you … Continue reading

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If you can’t come to Mon 22nd Sept People’s Environmental Scrutiny Team meeting…

It’s going to be a corking meeting, from 7pm to 8.30 at the Moss Side Community Allotment. There’ll be lots of opportunities to meet other people, swap ideas and skills, and to formally launch the brilliant new report “Total Carbon … Continue reading

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Skills for a better #Manchester – People’s Environmental Scrutiny Committee

Hello! The People’s Environmental Scrutiny Committee is all 95% about the skills you have and the skills you want. The poll below is to find out about what skills you have and what you want. It is FINE to be … Continue reading

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