Breaking: Zero carbon date  for #Manchester to be discussed. Transparently and openly? Well, it depends on your definition…

The Executive of Manchester City Council WILL receive a ‘zero carbon by when?’ report this year.

Speaking today at the City Council’s Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee (1), Councillor Annette Wright (2) stated

“I’ve confirmed with the Leader [Richard Leese] that the report on bringing the date to become carbon neutral forward to 2030 is definitely going to go to the Executive before the end of the year.“

The next Executive (3) meeting is on Wednesday 11th December, at 10am. Held at the Town Hall Extension, it is open to the public (We are assuming here that ‘Executive means a public meeting, not an email round-robin between elected and unelected ‘Executive’ types. Call us Pollyanna.)

A report had been promised as part of the July 10th 2019 Climate Emergency Declaration. The original text of the motion proposed to commit the City Council to

Continue working with partners across Manchester and GMCA to deliver the 2038 target, and determine if an earlier target can be possible, through a transparent and open review.

A Liberal Democrat (4) amendment

Explore the possibility of introducing a 2030 target in line with the IPCC report and request that a report on its viability be brought back to the Executive before the end of the year.

was accepted. And the whole motion approved with applause and general backslapping.

However, there had been a distinct lack of specific action since then (see the report of Climate Emergency Manchester (5) ‘The Dead Tortoise Society;).  At the Climate Group Subgroup meeting on 22nd October, a Liberal Democrat Councillor, Richard Kilpatrick, tried to get a straight answer out of the Executive Member for the Environment, with, to put it charitably, very limited success (see footage and transcript here).
While a report going to Executive is good news, there are many unresolved questions.

  • Is this the council’s idea of a “transparent and open review”? Srsly?
  • Will individual councillors get to voice their opinions (for example, at Full Council, which is next happening on Wednesday 27 November at 10am.
  • When did the Council – or its wholly owned subsidiary, the so-called “Manchester Climate Change ‘Agency’” (6) (approach the Tyndall Centre to do work on this? Did they wait three hours after the declaration was passed? Three days? Three weeks?  (What was their sense of urgency)
  • What, specifically did they ask Tyndall Centre to do? What time frame was given?
  • Did the Council demur if Tyndall asked for some, well, money? If so, why did the Council not cough up. Either this is an emergency or it isn’t?

Footnotes

    1. This is one of six scrutiny committees which are obliged to keep tabs on what the City Council’s elected and unelected leadership are doing. The other committees are Health, Economy, Resources and Governance,
    2. Councillor Annette Wright is a Labour Party councillor, for Hulme ward. She proposed the Climate Emergency motion in June this year. It was unanimously approved on July 10th.  Councillor Wright also chairs the Climate Change Subgroup, which met for the first time on 22nd October, and is planning to increase the frequency of its meetings.
    3. The Executive of Manchester City Council is made up of ten councillors from the Labour Party. The leader – since 1996 – is Richard Leese.
    4. Manchester City Council has 96 councillors (three for each of 32 wards). At present, 93 are Labour. Didsbury West has three Liberal Democrat councillors.
    5. Climate Emergency Manchester currently has a core group of five people – Marc Hudson (also editor of Manchester Climate Monthly), Calum McFarlane, Chloe Jeffries, Marion Smith and Ben Gardener. Its latest two reports are
      The Dead Tortoise Society, released on the 3 month anniversary of the City Council’s Climate Emergency Declaration, and was based on Freedom of Information Act requests. It showed that the Council has moved very slowly (at the speed of a Dead Tortoise, in fact) to enact the 23 elements of the motion.

      With Love and Rockets was released on Monday 21st October. It is full of practical, cheap ideas for building momentum for climate action in the city. So far the Council leadership has refused to acknowledge its existence.

      You can get involved via filling in this form</

    6. This entity, its future under review, is actually a community-interest company immune to Freedom of Information Act requests.

 

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Upcoming event: “Aviation and the #climate crisis” Weds 20th Nov, #Manchester

mcfly aviation and climate crisis 2019 11 20On Weds 20th November  (7pm-9pm) Flight Free UK is holding a free event – ‘Aviation and the Climate Crisis’ – at Bridge 5 Mill in Ancoats. Full event details are on Eventbrite: www.flightfreemanchester.eventbrite.co.uk and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/936960989993874/

The event will explore the climate issues around aviation, including flight-free travel and the power of the individual to affect change. There will be four speakers, each giving their insights into the aviation industry and how we can solve the climate crisis. The presentations will be followed by a chance to ask questions to the panel.

Speakers will be Alice Larkin from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and Anna Hughes from Flight Free UK, with others to be confirmed.

Flight Free UK is a grassroots campaign that asks 100,000 people to pledge not to fly in 2020 in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and begin to shift the social norm away from flying. The pledge site is here: www.flightfree.co.uk/pledge.

Anna from Flight Free UK answered MCFly’s questions – full interview below

 

When did the campaign start, and why?
The campaign launched back in February of this year. The idea came last November, after I heard an interview on BBC Radio with a Swedish lady who was running a similar campaign over there. I thought it sounded like a great idea and set up the UK version.

What does the campaign hope to achieve in 2020, and how does it intend to achieve it?
Specifically, we hope people will pledge to take a year off flying and stay on the ground in 2020, and we’re seeking 100,000 people to make that pledge. More generally, we want to raise awareness of the climate impact of aviation and get the issue into the public conscious. We want to start a conversation and contribute to a reduction in aviation.

What would you say to people who said “well, I have family in countries where the only way to get there is flying, and I am damned if I am not going to help my aged parents/be there for my cousin’s wedding” etc?
We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, and we recognise that flying plays a significant part in our modern society. However, we also know that in 2017, 64% of flight were for leisure (ONS figures), and those are flights that can easily be replaced (especially if they are within Europe, which many are!)

What would you say to airport workers who face unemployment and losing their houses etc if aviation is curtailed?
Aviation is not the only industry that offers employment – and you only have to look at Thomas Cook to know that companies go bust all the time. Industry goes where consumers lead, and if there is a shift away from aviation, industry will follow. (There was an 8% drop in air bookings in Sweden in the early part of this year, but this hasn’t resulted in mass unemployment).

How can people get involved in your campaign?
People can sign up at our website: www.flightfree.co.uk They can also join the conversation at our social channels (links below)

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Upcoming Event: Energise , Sat 16th November in #Manchester

energise levensulmeIn a couple of weeks there’ll be a day of workshops and talks designed to help folks learn more about retrofitting their houses to improve energy efficiency. You can find out more about the event – and register for it – here.

MCFly caught up with Jonathan Atkinson, from the organisation putting the event on, Carbon Coop and asked him more.

Why should people come to the event?
If they’ve seen the news and are concerned about climate change but unsure what they can practically do in their homes or communities, this event is for them!

The focus is on offering the skills and knowledge people need for home retrofit and energy efficiency works but there’s other sessions in there for people looking to act in different ways such as building off grid solar panels and battery storage units.

The emphasis is on mixing up expert training, practical skills and peer learning in to a single day. We’re particularly keen on the peer learning because we know that people have so much skills and knowledge to share. It’s also about inspiration, helping people to visualise the kind of changes that are possible in homes and communities to make them safe in the ‘climate emergency’ world.

For those concerned about the impact of climate change and the need to swiftly decarbonise it should be heartening to know there are things that can be done.

The sessions are aimed at different levels of experience and pre-existing knowledge, so there should be something in there for everyone.

Plus there’s a pint in the pub at the end of the day to round things off!

If they can’t come, but want to get info, where do they go?
In terms of the pint – they can go to their own local pub and/or off licence. [Ed: In future leave the feeble attempts at humour to the professionals, okay?]

But in terms of the retrofit knowledge, they should check out the resources and guides on our website. We’d in particular highlight the householder videos section: https://vimeo.com/channels/1259204

What needs to change for local (GM region) activity on energy efficiency/domestic retrofit to kick into high gear, come within a mere million miles of what is needed to cope with social and ecological justice?
In a way it’s really simple and in another really complicated.

Retrofit is in some ways no different to any other home construction jobs, it simply involves specialist materials and specialist contractors taking an appropriate approach to risk.

We have a really excellent existing construction industry in Greater Manchester with builders regularly doing good work in the domestic sector such as extensions, loft conversions and kitchen fit outs.

We need to up-skill these contractors appropriately and demonstrate that there’s a market for this work.

The complicated aspect is that this kind of work is not common or normal and it’s not the kind of thing householders think about when they think about improving their homes.

Carbon Co-op are trying to act as an intermediary, sitting between householders, building knowledge and awareness, sharing best practice and inspiring examples, and builders, assisting their capacity and training.

Appropriate state support for contractor training, with a focus on craft skills and on site training would help, as would financial support for householders to commission work, perhaps in the form of low interest lending and 100% grants for householders in fuel poverty.

We think there is a role for councils to use the borrowing mechanisms they used during the regeneration boom of the 2000s.

We’d also like to see local authorities make better use of planning and building control services to steer people towards retrofit when they are refurbishing and raise quality standards.

Anything else you’d like to say.
Just that we believe everyone has the right to live in good quality, warm, energy efficient housing and that those who have the resources to take action, and are often more responsible for contributing to climate change, have more responsibility for making a difference!

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Formal complaint about the behavoiur of Richard Leese, to #Manchester City Council

The following complaint about the actions of the Leader of Manchester City Council has been submitted on Sunday 3rd November.

 

The Monitoring Officer,
Chief Executive’s Department,
Town Hall,
Manchester
M60 2LA or
demserv@manchester.gov.uk

3rd November 2019

Dear Sir/Madam,

Re: Complaint about the behaviour of Richard Leese, member for Crumpsall.

On Wednesday 16th October 2019 the member who I am making a complaint about was acting as the Leader of the Council, chairing a meeting of its Executive.  To be clear, this means he was

“ acting as a Member or Co-opted Member of the Council or an Appointed Member of a Joint Committee, and, references to your official capacity are construed accordingly” and so is subject to the Code of Conduct for members of Manchester City Council, as adopted by the council on 11 July 2012.

I have transcribed the relevant portion of the meeting, from the videostream here.

Time Leese’s statements and claims Comment
0945 I note today there was a letter in the Manchester Evening News about somebody… er, it’s Mr Hudson, but also goes under the name of “Climate Emergency”. I think it’s a personal title that he’s adopted. If Mr Leese had cared to read the letter properly, he would have seen it was from “Climate Emergency Manchester.” For the record, there are five people in the core group of Climate Emergency Manchester. This complaint does not involve the other four, and has not been seen by them before its submission.
10.03 Some members will have seen the blog I did this week, referring to people who ten years ago when we invited everybody in, declined to come and help us with that project of cleaning up the air in this city. Mr Leese has here admitted that his blog ‘How Green is My City’ was in fact about me.  So, he is using a platform, with no comments enabled, to cast aspersions about people he does not like.

Also, the Climate Change Action Plan is not about “cleaning up the air” – it is about the greatest challenge facing our species

10.14 He’s one of the people who declined to be part of the project, and has been declined ever since. This is totally false.  I provide evidence below.
10:22 And again, I think it is about deeds rather than words. I think what we’re getting from a small number of people – I don’t want to exaggerate this, but a small number of people – is a lot of words about what other people should do, particularly about what we should do, rather than taking responsibility themselves.
It appears the responsibility he wants to take is the responsibility not to do something, but to tell us what we should be doing. This is a completely false statement.
10:46 We only account for two per cent, just over two per cent of the emissions of the city. We do have a leadership role for the city as a whole,
10:55 And we take that leadership role very very seriously, but we cannot compel people to do things.
That means we have to take people with us, and if we’re going to take people with us, we have to have a different sort of dialogue from just pointing the finger at people, and accusing them of not doing what they should er, should be doing.
11.16 We also shouldn’t be trying to be dictatorial with people, as well. Typical strawman.  Perhaps Mr Leese might like to refresh himself on the second goal of the 2009 plan, the Council’s leadership role in the creation of a low carbon culture.

With regard to the City Council’s code of conduct for members, I want to highlight the following.

2.3 Honesty and Integrity

“Members should not place themselves in situations where their honesty and integrity may be questioned, should not behave improperly and should on all occasions avoid the appearance of such behaviour.”

In his completely false (and provably so- see appendix) comments about my actions ten years ago, Mr Leese has fallen very far short of the “highest standards of personal conduct in everything they do as a Member.”  (2.1)

He has breached two of the general obligations

3.1 You must not (b) bully or be abusive to any person;

Through his totally false statements, he has been abusive.

  1. “You must not conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing your office or the Council into disrepute.”

Through his false, abusive and bullying statements, Mr Leese has most definitely brought the office of the Leader of the Council into direspute.

 

Evidence that Mr Leese’s statements are totally false.

There is a wealth of documentary evidence that Mr Leese’s statements about my behaviour ten years ago are false. I make note of four.

1)  I have electronic copies of minutes of Environmental Advisory Panel meetings from 2009 to 2012. These list me as attending and contributing to these meetings.  The people dealing with this complaint should look at the Council’s copies.
2)  My name, along with the names of organisations I was closely associated (Manchester Climate Fortnightly and Call to Real Action, appear in the thanks section of the Manchester Climate Change Action Plan, published in November 2009 (see below). If I had “refused to help,”  how could my name, and the names of these organisations, appear there?

thanks page of mcr a cretin future annotated

3) I interviewed Richard Leese in July 2010 and January 2012. If I had ‘refused to help’ he would have a) not done the interviews and b) made the accusations in the interviews.

Here are the relevant links.

https://manchesterclimatefortnightly.wordpress.com/city-council/richard-leese-interview-july-2010/

https://manchesterclimatemonthly.net/interviews/interview-with-sir-richard-leese-jan-2012/

4) In March 2012 I put forward a set of proposals for improving the Environmental Advisory Panel.  These can be seen here.

https://manchesterclimatemonthly.net/about/learn/links/councils-and-agma/eap-proposal/

This was welcomed by Councillor Nigel Murphy, who was then Executive Member for the Environment and is, for now, Deputy Leader of the Council.  See screengrab below.

murphy reply 2012

Two days later (20th March 2012) all members of the Environmental Advisory Panel received an email cancelling the latest meeting (this was a regular occurrence). However, the email also said

There has been some informal discussion about the future role of EAP and, following discussions between Councillor Nigel Murphy and Marc Hudson, we propose to conduct a survey/questionnaire of EAP members ahead of a discussion at the next meeting – likely to be held in early May. We will be working with Marc on the content of the survey/ questionnaire and intend to get that out to you before Easter.

The Council never kept its promise to do this, and the EAP was then abolished, and replaced with a new organisation. I was not invited to attend.

I will be submitting Freedom of Information Act requests about the alleged “refusal” to help the city council.

Resolution of this issue
I have read the procedures for dealing with complaints.  I am aware of the informal resolution mechanisms.

4.2 Types of informal resolution might include:

  • An explanation by the Subject Member of the circumstances surrounding the complaint;
  • An apology from the Subject Member;

Informal resolution of this complaint can be dealt with by the following:

[I then list a text that the member would

a) put on his blog

b) read out at the next Executive meeting.]

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Hilarious response to questions about Leader’s Blog on @ManCityCouncil website

The tl:dr.  Comments haven’t been disabled on the Leader’s Blog. Glitch in the software, old chap. Web monkeys working overtime to fix it.

 

Richard Leese has been the leader of Manchester City Council for 23 (twenty-three – quarter of a century, less some change (1)) loooong years.

For a while now he has had a blog, since he has so very few outlets for his ranti… his rambl… his statements (of various factfulness (2) and worth, but that’s another story).

He relaunched the blog in July of this year because (and these are his words) “principally as a response to social media which has its purpose but is not really suitable for more detailed argument. This is often compounded by people posting stuff that has absolutely no substance but which then gets repeated as if it was gospel.”

Because, you know, on social media, the serfs, peons and scum who don’t know their place, well, they can holler back.

No, no, I am totally wrong.  The whole point of the blog has been that reasoned debate can be engaged in, like the mature but not-too-mature adults we all are…

That’s why there have been 12 (one for every two years we have been blessed) blogs and not a single comment.   And it seems that it never seemed to occur to Our Glorious Leader that there was a glitch in the software.

So, on 16th October (which was one of those days – see (2) below), Manchester Climate Monthly (aka Marc Hudson) submitted a Freedom of Information Act request.

2. Whether comments are disabled or not – it does not say anywhere that they
are, but various people have tried to leave comments and received error
messages of late, and there are NO comments from July 2019 onwards (I have
not bothered to look further back)

3. If comments are disabled,
a) when this happened,
b) on whose authority/who made the decisions
c) with what rationale
d) whether the decision-maker sought the opinion of legal advice and/or public
relations advice within the City Council before making this decision.
e) if they did, what advice was received
f) why there is still a comments form , since this is a waste of people’s time and exactly the kind of fake ‘dialogue’ offer that has the young folks sharpening their pitchforks.

Now, normally when I FOIA the Council, they wait the maximum legal time (20 working days) before supplying the information (or a version of it).  Here’s the hilarious bit-

Given that there is a little online wtafuckery about Richard Leese claiming he wants to work with people (see here and here, and see here for my reply to one of his sprays)  it seems somebody has decided the usual delay-till-the-last-minute-on-general-principles will hurt more than it will help. Here we are, ten-ish working days later, with the answers –

2019 11 01 leese blog reply.JPG

Well, that’s alright then.

 

Footnote
(1) Change? Manchester? Nope.
(2) See forthcoming post

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An open letter to #Manchester #climate bosses – from 8 years ago. Nowt changes

For reasons which will become clear soon, I’ve been rooting around in old blog posts. Came across this, from back when I believed that even though the people in charge might be a bit slow and a bit defensive, they would still basically recognise a good idea, and give a shit about improving this city’s response to climate change. How naive I was
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Open letter to Steering Group 2.0

by manchesterclimatemonthly

The Steering Group
An Open Letter from the editors of Manchester Climate Monthly

Dear members of the Steering Group old and new,

We wish you good luck in your new endeavour. Manchester desperately needs your energy and unique position in the “eco-system” of organisations, businesses and the like.
We know how little time you have. We know how little money there is. We have some suggestions, for which money is not needed. Here they are;

1) Ask tenants and residents associations, mosques, churches, trades unions etc if you can come and talk with (not “to”, not “at”)  them about the Action Plan, the Conference, and hear their ideas and questions. Do Chorlton last.  Keep a public log of these meetings, including the questions people raise. Reflect on how to make the meetings more inspiring and “sticky”.  Avoid “sage on the stage” and “death by powerpoint.”  They are not sticky, they do not inspire.

2) Undertake training, as members of Steering Group, in how to be part of interactive forums (ok “fora”) and discussions, rather than the traditional “death-by-powerpoint followed by Q and A” that are mis-sold as “workshops.”

3) Hold  quarterly meetings (in public!) with the Environmental Advisory Panel (on which some of you sit), the Environmental Strategy Programme Board and other “key stakeholders” where members of the public are able to ask questions.  Record these. Tweet them. Et cetera.

4) Hold. Elections.  It’s not difficult, and it will do your credibility no end of a favour.

5) Call your arty friends at the Cornerhouse and organise a film festival.  What films? See our suggestions here.  It’d be a good excuse to have a couple of public discussion events too.

6) Call your arty friends at the Royal Exchange, or the Library Theatre, or the Contact or the Lowry, and get them to stage a run of  Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.” It’s all about a beloved doctor loses his beloved status when he accurately reports that the economically essential asset everyone loves is actually really unhealthy.  Who knows, maybe Manchester Airport Group will sponsor it. Organise a couple of post-performance discussions

7) Call your friends at the Manchester Evening News and get a monthly (or even weekly?!) column about climate change, its local impacts, local actions being proposed/taken, difficulties encountered etc. The journos at the MEN already seem to be not entirely opposed to printing good news from Castle Grayskull and her outposts, so it shouldn’t be a big ask.

8) Create a quarterly “question time” style event, with panelists such as the Exec Member for the Environment, the Council Leader, MAG, MEN, members of the Manchester Board (other than your good selves) and maybe a token business person or activist-type.  Some sort of gender and race balance would be good.  The Town Hall would probably give you a good discount on a room.

9) Make loads of youtubes and other multimedia explaining what the plan is, what progress is being made. (Probably want to avoid talking about how many Implementation Plans have been written though, at least in the short-term…)

10)  Set up a short story contest, or film contest (or both) for people who live, work or study in Manchester, about how the city could and should look in the year 2020, or 2030, or whenever.

Once you’ve done all these, feel free come back to us – we’ve got loads more suggestions, many of them which appeared in an April 2009 document a few of you may recall.  To real action!

Arwa Aburawa and Marc Hudson

co-editors of Manchester Climate Monthly

mcmonthly@gmail.com

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Youth #climate conference in #Manchester, 23-4th November – a “must-attend” @LCOYUK

Young people from all over the UK are coming together to organise a Youth Environmental Conference. It will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University on 23 -4 November [website here]. The gathering is one of over 50 happening around the world, and will feed into the International Climate Change talks (COP25) taking place in Chile from 2-13 December.

lcoyukConference of Youths, COY, normally happen in each host country right before the UNFCCC climate change talks, but this year, Local Conferences of Youth, LCOY’s are taking place all around the world, including the UK, to amplify the voices of youth on climate action.

George, from the organising committee kindly provided the following answers to questions.

This is the first local “COY” in the UK – how does this build on previous work by UKYCC and other groups?
The UKYCC has been an active organising group in the UK for several years now, with a network of contacts both across the UK and internationally. The organisation has led on multiple campaigns such as Systems Change (Anti-Fracking in the UK), Youth Strikes and most recently, developing Community Working Groups to support local environmental education and create a network of sustainability ambassadors that will provide young people who have been invested in the Climate Strikes, a platform to channel that passion. Many of our UKYCC members also attend several international conferences, such as the COP, to ensure that we can contribute to the fight for global climate justice. So, as you can see, the first Local Conference of Youth in the UK has an impressive array of young environmentalists at the helm who know exactly how to engage young people in the most prevalent issue of our time.

Traditional conferences are very much dominated by speeches/panels and then a question and answer session which tends to be dominated by the most confident/best-informed/loudest. Doubtless the organisers of this conference are both very aware of this problem and have a plan to minimise the problem- what other formats will attendees of the conference be exposed to?
The LCOY is all about engaging young people and platforming their voice in the fight for our planet. Whilst we have key note talks and panel discussions, much of our conference will be interactive workshops that will not only educate delegates but allow them to put forward thoughts and challenge ideas. Also, the LCOYUK isn’t simply a conference you attend and then leave; for the duration of the event we will be creating a policy document entirely supported by the voices of our delegates. We hope that the LCOYUK policy document will go onto influence other campaigns/initiatives and eventually lead our networks towards the COY 2020 that will be held in Glasgow next year.

Given, again, that these sorts of conferences tend to be achingly middle-class and pretty white, what are the active steps in place for people from other backgrounds to attend. So, for example, are there travel bursaries for people who couldn’t otherwise afford to come. If so, how can people apply?
We’re ensured that accessibility to the first LCOYUK is our biggest priority. As our demographic is young people, we understand that there are variable factors that could prevent people from attending. We have committed to providing free tickets to a number of delegates who may not be able to attend otherwise due to financial barriers. These are on a limited basis as we are a grassroots organisation, but for further information, all interested parties have to do is contact our LCOYUK email (lcoyuk2019@gmail.com). We also acknowledge that the LCOYUK cannot be simply centred around climate change education and activism, but instead highlight the challenges that currently face the movement. Friends of the Earth will be joining us on the Sunday to host a session titled, ‘The Environment and Race’ whilst representatives from the University of Nottingham will kick start the conference on the Saturday with a workshop on “Climate Change and Modern-Day Racism”. We want to ensure the necessary conversations are made across the conference to certify all voices are platformed in the climate change movement.

Will any portions of the conference be live-streamed, or recorded so people who can’t be there for the weekend can still participate, or see what was talked about?
Unfortunately, the conference will not be livestreamed or videoed. As this is the first LCOY in the UK, we have had limited resources to expand further than what we have already committed too. Although, documentation and materials will be circulated after the LCOYUK, with general updates and information available on our website (https://lcoyuk.wixsite.com/lcoy) and on our social media platforms (@LCOYUK).

Will there be sessions about handling emotions (especially grief, fear. despair and anger), since these seem to be – understandably! – bubbling away under the surface?
Of course – eco anxiety is something affecting young people more and more. All our workshops are built to engage, support and empower young people. Whilst education is fundamental, we want our delegates to leave understanding that their contribution is significant and that change is coming. Several of our sessions touch upon activism groups and network structures that will support our delegates to address their concerns. At the LCOYUK, we have also created a safe Wellbeing Space which can be accessed throughout the duration of the conference, in case any individual feels overwhelmed at any point.

Is there a session on campaigning on local authorities and climate emergency declarations (how to get a council to make one, what to do when they make it and then do nothing about it)
The LCOYUK has an entire theme/strand dedicated to climate change activism and we are making a conscious effort to ensure that local lobbying is as much of a focal point as national campaigning. We’re proud to say that we have organisations such as The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and People and Planet who will be running activism and campaign planning workshops throughout the two-day conference. Many of which are focused on lobbying your local MP and engaging your council.

How old is the upper limit for ‘youth’?
Currently we identify anyone under the age of 35 as a youth.

Anything else you like to say.
We’re extremely proud to be hosting the first LCOYUK in Manchester. It’s history in activism, the city’s diversity and the vast student community that spans every corner of the city made it a sought-after location for our conference. After the climate strikes, the XR rebellions and other protests many young people have asked, “What’s Next?” The LCOYUK is next. Help us create a network of inspiring young activists and empower our communities to take action for global climate justice.

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