Category Archives: Manchester City Council

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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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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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Now what? Of the Council, climate and citizens’ responsibility- 5 things to do…

This blog post tries to answer two key questions – what is going on, and what do “we” do next. It’s published on Manchester Climate Monthly because it reflects only the views of Marc Hudson, one member of the core … 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, #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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#Manchester Council to spend £196k on #climate boss – except nobody has been appointed

Manchester City Council has earmarked 196 thousand bounds for a new boss for its Climate Change “Agency.”  Sounds great, eh?  There’s just one small problem. Well, two.  Okay, three. First – despite a national advertising campaign last year (they refuse … Continue reading

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