Upcoming Event: Social Media Skillshare #Manchester Tues 14 March

This month’s Manchester Friends of the Earth meeting features a skillshare on all things to do with the media (social or otherwise), publicity and communications.  Come along us and tell us what skills you would like to learn or what skills you can share with others…

Do you know your Twitter from your Snapchat, Facebook or Flickr?

Do you tweet

Do you want to learn how to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), write a press release, create videos?  Or do you have social media, design or photography skills that you can share?  Would you like to help reach more people with campaign messages on climate change, fracking, clean air, nature campaign, recycling, active travel….

The event is open to anyone involved in environment, social & economic justice campaigns across Greater Manchester and is a ‘taster’ session for people to learn and share skills and  identify people’s interests and (future) training needs.

Come along and learn about Twitter, how to write great press releases, community journalism and video training courses and effective communication skills.

Invited organisations include: Manchester Community Reporters, Salford Star, The Meteor and others.  [But oddly not Manchester Climate Monthly!  Was it something(s) I wrote?]

All welcome.

Please email office@manchesterfoe.org.uk  if you would like to attend to give us an idea of numbers.

The meeting will be on the 2nd Floor of the Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE.  The building has lift access, hearing loop facilities and accessible toilets.

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PhD studentship in #Manchester #Energy

Please spread to anyone and anywhere that might be interested…
PhD studentship now available: New cityscapes of micro-energy storage
Information and mobile technologies have been heralding a new wave of electrification in households, thanks to the increased use of batteries in particular. However, it is less known how the expansion of battery-based electric power across an ever-increasing range of devices is transforming people’s everyday lives, and by implication, the wider technical and cultural fabric of cities. Using original empirical research, this project seeks to provide novel insights into the social and infrastructural dimensions of the new urban energy landscapes associated with battery use.
Please contact Professor Stefan Bouzarovski (stefan.bouzarovski@manchester.ac.uk) with any questions about the position. The studentship is expected to commence in the 2017/2018 academic year.
The studentship is available to British and UK-resident EU nationals only. More information is available at: https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=84164
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Critical Lass Cycle Ride Sunday 19th March, #Manchester

criticallassJOIN US! On the 19th March to make history for women’s cycling in Manchester!

As part of Transport for Greater Manchester‘s WHOLE month of cycling events, we are delighted to be one of 60 – all happening to support International Women’s Day.

We’ll be leaving Platt FIelds Bike Hub at 1pm to form one of the three feeder rides to join the main event. We’ll pedal at a chilled lovely pace around the park, up the Fallowfield Loop and onto Alex Park. We’ll have qualified Ride Leaders on hand to help keep the group together 🙂

The main mass participation ride will be happening in Alexandra Park where all the feeder rides will come together for one bulk beaming pedal around the park – HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN WE GET!!??? Followed by an ace bike party with a bunch of stuff going on to boost current pedallers and encourage newbies to the saddle. Here’s what’s happening:

>> Free bike tuning & maintenance advice
>> Cyclist’s Speaker’s Corner – get your voice heard!
>> Learn2Ride sessions
>> Tasty grub & drinks at the Teahive Cafe
>> Silly bike games for kids and adults with ACE prizes to be won [more info to follow]
>> Women’s cycling photo exhibition
>> Safety goodies & bike training information from the TfGM bike trailer

It’s going to be a great day! Please please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.

**** Guys are absolutely welcome as well – this event is by no means excluding you awesome lot – but designed to help highlight IWD and help develop women’s cycling in our fine city… Would be beyond great if you could join us – as individualsl or with your family & friends ***

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Job Alert: Project Worker, Sow the City #Manchester

from environmentjobs.co.uk

Project Worker

Sow the City

£19,000 – £23,000 pro rata 0.6 FTE

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.sowthecity.org info@sowthecity.org 0161 465 6954 Jon Ross

Sectors: food, farming & organics, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Monday, 27 March 2017


Job Title: Project Worker
Reporting to:
Sow the City Director
Grade/Salary: £19-23K pro rata (based on experience & qualifications), 0.6 FTE
Hours: Part time3 days a week. May include some weekends and evenings.
Contract: Fixed Term for 6 months
Probationary Period: 8 weeks
Location: Based at Sow the City office, Manchester City Centre

Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to teach communities how to grow their food?

Do you have experience of successful partnership work?

Do you want a varied and rewarding job?

Background to the Role

Sow the City is a small, dynamic and growing social enterprise based in Manchester. We have over eight years of experience delivering projects across the city to improve local communities and build a heathier city where everyone can grow their own food.

We provide a range of services to Local Authorities, schools, housing associations, the NHS, and the private sector including workshops, events, corporate volunteering, consultancy, landscape design, consultancy and research. More information can be found at www.sowthecity.org

We have a passion for what food growing can achieve and the issues it can help address, ranging from addressing food poverty to boosting the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community. To do more of this we need your help!

You will be responsible for providing a busy programme of horticultural training and community development work, sharing your knowledge and passion for the environment and urban agriculture.

Our office is based in the Northern Quarter in the City Centre but we work across Greater Manchester with occasional work elsewhere in the UK.

For an informal chat about the post, please contact Jon Ross, Sow the City on 0161 465 6954 or email jon@sowthecity.org.

Application is by CV and a covering letter explaining how you fit the job description and person specification (available here). Please limit both documents to no more than 2 sides of A4 each. Submit the application via email to info@sowthecity.org

Closing date for application is midday on 27th March 2017

Please mention environmentjob.co.uk when responding to this ad.

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Upcoming Event: Book Launch “Crude” #Manchester Sat 11 march

Performance/ ARTFUL… RESISTANCE! + Crude Book Launch at “Home”, Sat 11, 13.30, £7/£5.

From here



In partnership with Eros Press and Gaia Project, we are delighted to host the exclusive launch of Sally O’Reilly’s hotly endorsed debut novel, Crude.

Sally O’Reilly will be treating us to readings from her new novel and revealing her research methodologies. Power, the politics of narration, the potential of satire and the role of the fantastic in contemporary critical/creative writing will be core themes explored in her presentation. Sally will also be doing a book-signing, and Crude will be available to purchase from our Bookshop at a special launch price of £10.00.

Introduced and chaired by Gaia Project curator James Brady, ARTFUL… RESISTANCE! is set to be a rather lively complement to the unveiling of Crude. The platform will be handed over to art-environmentalists, Hayley Newman (artist and member of Liberate Tate) and Jai Redman (artist and Creative Director of Engine). From personal reflections on ‘being an artist in an activist’s world’ to creative dissidence against corporate oil sponsorship of the cultural sector, you can be sure to expect some polemical performance, a bit of healthy ranting and even a protest sing-song! To conclude, Brady, Newman, O’Reilly and Redman will convene for a playful discussion and Q&A on the complexities and ethics of artful resistance and disobedience, and on the collective struggle against the insidious neoliberal machine.

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Upcoming Event; Travel behaviour change and #climate change #Manchester 23 March

Tyndall Manchester would like to invite you to attend the next talk in ou23-marchr seminar series on “Travel behaviour change and climate change: communicating better” by Dr. Kate Pangbourne, on Thursday 23rd March (room C1, George Begg Building, Sackville Street) at 4.00pm. 


Travel behaviour change and climate change: communicating better

Dr. Kate Pangbourne, The University of Leeds (biography attached)

The need to address over-reliance on car-based personal transport remains a significant problem in most parts of the developed world.  Too much car travel damages health in several ways- directly by air pollution and indirectly by creating urban air pollution.  The emissions from petrol and diesel engines also increase the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and thus transport is heavily implicated in climate change.


In this talk, I will introduce the work of the ADAPT project, funded by EPSRC through the Living with Environmental Change challenge fellowship programme.  The ADAPT project aims to create tools for creating effective personalised motivational messages for travel mode shift as a contribution to supporting individuals to adapt to the effects of environmental change.  Improving mode shift will support efforts to mitigate the impacts of such change.


The seminar will take place in room C1, in the George Begg Building on Sackville Street– number 17 on the map herehttp://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/maps/interactive-map/?id=14


Please RSVP, or contact Amrita with any queries- amrita.sidhu@manchester.ac.uk

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Kevin Anderson – review “Beyond the Flood” and interview

Prof Kevin Anderson is a Manchester institution (or should be instutionalised).  Here’s an account of a recent talk he gave at the Friends Meeting House.

Here’s a recent video

And here is his review of Leornardo DiCaprio’s film Before the Flood
reposted from his site.

February 2017
Twitter @KevinClimate

There is much to commend this film – not least Leonardo DiCaprio’s natural propensity to see through unsubstantiated optimism along with his evident appreciation of the science of climate change and the beauty & fragility of our time on this planet. Ok, he’s an actor with an elaborate film crew – but nevertheless something genuine and important shines through. He deserves credit for what he has been part of – and that is not something I find easy to say. Celebrities, including DiCaprio, both epitomise and fuel our greed for evermore consumption. They are the metaphorical Jones family next door with the bigger car, larger house, private jet and obscene carbon footprint – the pinnacle of the increasingly ubiquitous American dream. And in my judgement it is here that the film is weakest – and to an extent disingenuous.

The solutions touched on are far too seductive and make no reference to the carbon budget concept that translates the Paris Agreement’s temperature commitments into the scale and timeframe for reducing emissions. Carbon budgets are simple to understand, but their repercussions are profound, evidently too profound for this film.

So instead we have Gregory Mankiw, a Harvard economics professor, and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, asserting the only way forward is though a carbon tax gently “nudging” us towards a technical utopia. Just one hundred of Musk’s “gigafactories” will see the world’s energy supply magically transformed away from fossil fuels. Certainly,  if a significant upstream price is put on carbon, investors will begin to shift away from fossil-fuel energy. Moreover, the Musks of this world indeed have a role to play. But they are not our silver-bullet saviours – they’re one part of complex and dynamic puzzle.

Only Sunita Narain, from Delhi’s Centre for Science and Environment is prepared to point to the elephant in the room, the carbon-profligate lifestyle to which DiCaprio, the Koch Brothers, climate elites and professors have grown all too accustomed. Combine this with Johan Rockström’s fear that we are making the transition to a sustainable future all “too slowly” and the plot for a follow-up film begins to emerge.

Certainly huge strides towards low carbon energy could be achieved now with existing energy supply and demand technologies. The research, development and deployment of promising new technologies, including Musk’s solar-battery future, could be accelerated. But Paris and carbon budgets frame an urgent problem far beyond the multi-decadal timeframe of deploying sufficient new energy technologies to displace fossil fuels. Deep and early mitigation through reduced fossil-fuel use by high emitters is key to both extending the window for this technology-transition and for leaving sufficient emission space for those in poverty to have near-term access to fossil fuel energy.

Finally, having suspended my antipathy towards individuals with carbon footprints greater than that of many African towns, I was brought rudely back to reality with the film’s closing statement – reiterated on its accompanying website. “The carbon emissions from Before The Flood were offset through a voluntary carbon tax.”  Worse still it then extols the virtues of offsetting by encouraging other high emitters to “Learn how you can offset your own carbon emissions by going to [link omitted]”

I really doubt that the Pope, whose Encyclical makes more systems-level sense than the plethora of glossy reports dispensed by green-growth ‘think’ tanks (and who was interviewed for the film), would sanction the ongoing “buying of indulgences”. For that’s what it is. The emissions from first-class flights, grand hotel rooms and travelling film crews are changing the climate now – and will for the next ten thousand years. The deed’s been done – and no amount of conscience-salving finance can assuage the climate impact. Ok, the projects funded may have real and important value – but asking someone else to diet whilst we binge on high-carbon fun is simply fraudulent.

The Paris commitments cannot be delivered through well meant technocratic tweaks – even large ones. Technology and new economic rules are certainly prerequisites for delivering on “well below 2°C” – and DiCaprio does an adequate job of making this case. But they fall far short, in both delivery and scale, of what’s needed to stay within the rapidly dwindling carbon budgets accompanying Paris. Here, DiCaprio’s film serves to reinforce the misguided view that clever scientists, engineers and economists have the solutions to hand – just the evil oil companies are in the way.

Despite my entrenched prejudice against our celebrity culture, I nevertheless recommend DiCaprio’s Before the Flood. If seen in conjunction with Robert Kenner’s wonderful and engaging film of ConwayOreskes’ superb book, Merchants of Doubt, then a real sense of just what we’re up against emerges. But for a complete picture there needs to be a trilogy, with the final film focusing in on its audience. Unfortunately, as self-portraits are always the most revealing of art forms, this final film will be the most challenging to fund and difficult to produce.

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