Upcoming event: “Moving on up? An open discussion on global-local issues” #Manchester 7 November

Steady State Manchester event:

Moving on up? An open discussion on global-local issues.
Tuesday 7th November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Methodist Central Hall, Oldham St., Manchester, M1 1JQ please book by emailing us through this link
There is a growing social divide by income and geography, an ever-widening wealth gap between peoples of different backgrounds, races, genders, classes and generations.
Many people are experiencing difficulties in making ends meet, and have greater insecurity and anxieties for their futures.
November’s Steady State conversation will explore the many troubling and challenging questions that face peoples and communities affected by poverty and austerity, conflict, aggressive resource extraction, climate change and environmental damage.
How does social and geographical mobility affect personal and group identities? What influences disparities in income and wealth for particular groups in today’s society? What would help and encourage social cohesion and global solidarity? What lessons are to be found in social movements that support a more inclusive and better future for all?
Steady State Manchester invites those who are interested in developing a common agenda and vision for peoples in both the Global North and the Global South.

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Re-post – #Climate Change and the Human Mind- interview with Robert J Lifton

Readers of a certain vintage may recall Robert J. Lifton. He’s a psychiatrist who came to prominence in the 1960s with studies of war and its impact on the human mind.

Well, he’s now 91, and has written a book about climate change and what he calls the ‘climate swerve’. There’s some interesting stuff in an interview he has done with American journalist Diane Toomey. You can read that interview here.

There’s interesting stuff about fragmentary awareness, formed awareness, geoengineering and so on.

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Interview: What are ‘Climate Cultures’ (dot net)?

ClimateCultures.net – creative conversations for the Anthropocene is a new project trying to connect artists, thinkers, doers, ‘ordinary people’ around, well, climate change. MCFly interviewed its founder, Mark Goldthorpe, via the wonders of email. The complete interview is here below. It’s long, but definitely worth the time.

ClimateCultures – creative conversations for the Anthropocene

What ‘gap’ is ClimateCultures.net trying to fill?

Great opening question – because I’m not convinced we always need to fill in the gaps. Gaps are good places to explore between things that otherwise dominate our attention. The poet Robert Frost has a line “the interstices of things ajar” in one of his poems; something mysterious between things that look solid and certain and reliable, and like they really should not have gaps. Gaps can be dangerous and undermining, of course, if you think of cracks in the ground we’re standing on, or in the walls of the building we’re sheltering in. And there are plenty of cracks in the system we’ve built up and are convinced we want to stay living in because it feels so ‘natural’ and unchangeable… And gaps can be scary, if you think of the voids in our understanding of, and our imagined powers to control, everything – so obviously we want to fill those in. But gaps can be productive too, if you think about a pause before you choose, a thought before you leap – and the thing you want to leap across, to bridge but not necessarily to fill in.

I want ClimateCultures to be a place where people with a creative view of some kind can explore questions about climate change, the environment, the Anthropocene, while appreciating that all the questions are tangled and never ending and throw up contradictions and incompletenesses (if there is such a word). So, as much as anything, it is a place to generate gaps as it is to uncover them or to fill them.

Which is maybe a way of saying, it fills a gap between creative thinking on climate change and ‘problem solving’ – i.e. between seeing we need alternatives to the way we are now and thinking that simple solutions will get them for us, case closed, job done.

That’s not a good answer to a great question. The site offer much better ones!

When did you set it up, how have you been trying to grow it?  How much of your time does it take up?

I set up ClimateCultures – well, I had the idea for it last November, after a ‘creative summit’ I went to in Dartington (near Totnes, Devon). That was organised by art.earth, who do amazing three day events for artists and others on different ecological issues, and always from an interesting angle. Over the previous couple of years I’d been busy organising similar-but-different events with the charity TippingPoint: bringing together artists and experts in various aspects of climate change. Those were also amazing events, and exposed me to lots of creative people and ideas. I knew I wanted to continue the conversations I’d started at all these events – and to help others continue or develop their own conversations. Having been the one sending all the emails back and forth for TippingPoint, I knew there was an appetite for staying in touch beyond any standalone events. So the idea I had was to see if a new website could be a platform for ‘creative conversations’.

I actually launched it in March this year, after doing a survey of all the contacts I’d built up through TippingPoint and art.earth, and the very generous level of feedback I got to that. I’d not created any websites before, so it was the legendary steep learning curve. And I was very sure that I didn’t want it to be just a blog, and certainly not one dominated by me; so it’s been important to recruit different voices from the outset. It is a lot of work to get that going and keep it going! I have other things going on too, of course, so ClimateCultures is not all of my working week, but I do put in a significant number of hours on it – which I maybe should count up, but prefer not to.

I’ve mainly grown it by word of mouth (or as I originally typed, ‘word of moth’ – which could be an interesting approach). A lot of personal contact with prospective members, and encouraging the members to become prospective contributors. I think its breadth of artistic engagement helps with that; you don’t know whether the next post will be from a writer, a painter, a dramatist, a film maker or musician, whoever. And it will always be something a bit different to the last one, albeit on very complementary themes or topics.

Now that it feels established, I’ve begun to venture into social media, which I was determined not to do at the start. So we have a Facebook page and will no doubt get into the Twittersphere soon. It’s small steps, partly because that’s my approach with something new (to me) but mainly because I do want the site to mainly be a conversation between its members – although with an audience, of course.

What is your absolute favourite contribution to it (can be your own or someone else’s), and why is it your favourite.

I am very tempted to say “the most recent one.” I am very happy when I hit Publish and know there is something new that’s just become part of the mix. Or I should say “the next one.” I think Anthony Burgess always said that when asked what was his favourite of his own books: “the next one.”

But you want a proper answer, and I think this has to be something called A History of the Anthropocene in 50 Objects. That is a series of posts rather than a single one, and I’m pleased it’s taking off. I invited members to describe three objects that illustrate, for them, the past, present and future of the Anthropocene – this new geological age which it’s said the human species has brought about. Not just climate change, disastrous enough, or the catastrophe of mass extinction, but the way we have changed the surface of the earth, its soils, mineral deposits, water, everything. That is so huge that it is overwhelming, of course, so I wanted to see how each of us could get a personal handle on at least some of it, a small part of it, through thinking about objects that have some meaning something to us, an emotional significance of some kind. I think it was the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss who said that “objects are good to think with.” Personal objects resonate, and I hope that seeing someone else’s selection sparks off ideas in others. So, over time I hope that this part of the site will grow into a collection of very personal ‘slices’ of what a past and a present time, as well as a future, feels like. It’s important to see that there are very many versions of ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ as well as of ‘Next’. I say more about it on the site, of course, and you can now see selections from a visual artist, a creative producer and a curator, as well as my own selection. And my absolute favourite contribution is .. the next one. Whose will it be?…

Devil’s advocate question – if climate change is going to be ‘fixed’ it will be with geo-engineering, or Elon Musk and his Tesla vehicles and his solar PV roof tiles.  Why does what artists and museum curators do/think/say matter?

I am on close terms with the Devil’s advocate. It pays to know what he is thinking (it does seem to be a he, too). And his question here is particularly revealing, because one of the key things that artists and others do for us is to point out “Err, no actually.” Geoengineering and other ‘big ideas’ will not ‘fix’ climate change. Not by a long chalk. Not only do I have a suspicion of all ‘fixes’ – the quick ones in particular – I also come over all quizzical when someone urges us to “see the bigger picture”; usually as a way of arguing that their preferred ‘big idea’ is the one that will work. The bigger picture is maybe a way of framing out the annoying details that get in the way of the supposed solution: not just the objections from others, but the complicating factors that just seem less relevant, a distraction from the main point being argued.

Not that I have anything against thinking big as such, and we do need to see the ‘whole’ that is the biggest possible picture, including everything of concern or of possible repercussion. But that is an impossibly big picture to hold in our heads all the time. So artists, I think, do a great job of showing us the small picture, the particular issue or concern or question. And each picture is different; even when an artist has a theme that she or he always explores, each take on it is a different take. And each artist has a different perspective or method or angle of attack. So we end up (but never end) with thousands of small pictures – and this is what we need, to help us to see some of the complexity and myriad possibilities. Small pictures to help is question the ‘fix’ – while still taking action, making progress. That’s the tricky bit, of course.

Behind the idea of a ‘fix’ is a bigger question: the problem. Is climate change a problem-to-be-solved? Or a predicament-to-be-addressed?

What does ‘success’ look like for the project in a year’s time?

After my last little rant, that is a great question! Success might be me having less to say. The question reminds me that I framed ClimateCultures as an experiment. That’s how I thought of it to myself and how I described it in the survey I sent out once I had the idea. I was careful to say that I would give it a year – and asked people what they thought it might or should become after that, if it survived that long. I should go back and look at the feedback, now that we are seven months in! But for me now, success a year from now would look like an expanded community of creative and curious minds asking each other questions and offering their own small pictures of where we are, where we could be and how we might get there. Most importantly, perhaps, what is still to be discovered.

By expanded, I don’t necessarily mean a huge number of members. We have just under 70 now and if we get to 100 I’ll be very happy. But what success would mean is an expanded conversation between those members, whether in posts and replies, the forum we started as a book club, or new activities under the ‘Curious Minds’ section, and lots of examples of people’s work in the Resources section.

And an expanded cross-section of the creative community – not just different kinds of artists, but also of researchers and curators across the spectrum; and a healthy blurring of the (artificial but sometimes helpful) boundaries between these three silos.

And an expanded audience for these conversations, naturally.

It remains a fairly modest ambition, I think, and on purpose.

What advice would you give your younger self/what lessons have you learnt on the way?

Bloody hell. That is a question I have seen other people answer but have never been asked myself. I think that the younger me would have had a lot more advice for the older one and would have been a lot less reluctant to give it!

One of the things I’ve learned is that, although we really do need much better laws, regulations and enforcement on environmental protection, and better awareness of the science behind the problems and of the opportunities behind whatever solutions we want spread, and more and better examples of how things improve when we do take action – that more and better of any of these is not going to be enough. Not without engaging our imaginations. Imagination is what opens us up to a ‘better’ being possible and achievable. And it’s what enable us to be creative and to come up with different ways forward.

The younger me might have nodded at that but not given it much thought. He used to have a lot more faith that pointing out the problems, explaining the reasons, selling the solutions and passing the right laws – and overturning the powers-that-be when they didn’t pass the right laws – would all make it turn round. “Yes, but…” is what I’d say now. Or rather, “Yes, and…” I spent a lot of time working on explaining the science and why we need to act on it, developing examples of ‘best practice’ to help persuade others to act, and trying to influence policies that would force people to change the way they worked. Most of it was good work, with some successes, and all of it worth doing then and doing more of now. It’s never wasted. But it was not enough. We need a more cultural and creative, questioning approach. Of course, it’s just as urgent as I always thought it was back then.

Another thing that comes out of that, and which I’ve learned through the work I did before going freelance, is that ‘awareness’ only gets you so far. ‘Action’ does not emerge straightforwardly from being more aware of the situation; awareness of how bad things are can stifle action, make us turn away. Instead, action often generates its own awareness – of the problems and of the fact that change is possible. And that is much more likely when we act in association with others. Not always agreeing or having a blueprint for action, but trying things out and seeing what others are trying, and making links where they help. And the fourth A in that set – which is not my devising, but part of a project I was involved in quite a few years ago – is ‘agency’: the sense that something is achievable and that your part in achieving it is a meaningful one. If you’re not so set on ‘raising other people’s awareness’ so that they (supposedly inevitably) will be more environmentally positive, but instead are trying things out in association with them, then the actions you come up with are more likely to result in the greater awareness we need. Your own and other people’s.

I doubt I’d have listened to much of that back then, but I’m glad I listened to a lot of other people later on!

How can people in Manchester (and beyond) get involved?

Ah, well. If we are talking about ClimateCultures then I’d say join in. If you are an artist who is just starting to think about how climate change and the environment affect the stories, poems or plays you write, or the films or games you make, or the sculptures or music you create – and how these could maybe affect how others see climate change. Or if you are a researcher at university – maybe on a Masters or PhD, or already have years of research behind you in the sciences or social sciences or the humanities – or are working freelance, and want to explore what others are up to and the questions you could help with or want help with. Or if you are working in museums or galleries or in magazines or online, working out new ways to get different voices and faces in front of people, to pose new questions or to reveal old ones in a new light. ClimateCultures is up for that. And I’m prepared to bet that a lot of other sites, venues, organisations are up for it too, in and around Manchester and everywhere else. And if you can’t find the one you are looking for in your neighbourhood, talk with others and set it up. Or set it up and then talk with others (action, association…) and see where it goes (agency, awareness…). And tell ClimateCultures about it too, of course!

I just published a post today on ClimateCultures, where one of our Members (dramatist Julia Marques) previews some amazing new work from another Member (composer Lola Perrin). Julia quotes the great climate change campaigner and writer George Marshall, and I used it so set a challenge at the end of the post (I like to ask something at the end of most of them, in what I call “Space for creative thinking…”):

‘Julia quotes George Marshall: “The single most powerful thing an individual can do about climate change is to talk about it,” and this is the response that ClimateKeys inspires (and ClimateCultures invites). What was the most recent positive conversation you had about climate change, and the most negative? What made the difference? And what can you create with one other person – a story, an image, a sound or song or a setting – to make (both) your conversations more positive?”‘

Maybe that’s a good starting point, anywhere.

Anything else you’d like to say.

You probably think I’ve said more than enough thank you very much… So I’ll just say that I think we need all the things that people are doing on climate change. It’s not a question of replacing anything with something else and only doing that. Activism, entrepreneurialism, politics, science, tending your garden or allotment, consumer activism, anti-consumerism, behaviour change ‘nudges’, meditation, big research projects, small conversations – and art, of all kinds and in all places. All of them, experimentally.

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Event Report: “Smart Cities” or not so smart? #Manchester

“You can trade carbon on your way to the airport” – this was probably the standout jaw dropper last Friday night at an MMU/Science Festival event putatively on “Global Science, Local Impact: Smart Cities.” There was some stiff competition, such as the contemptible and intellectually bankrupt line of Manchester’s policymakers, who are happy to take credit for outside influences where it suits them (i.e. national grid decarbonisation) while simultaneously bemoaning outside influences (austerity) as the reason they didn’t do things actually totally within their control (carbon literacy, public engagement, holding elections and conferences).

A Friday night is an interesting time to hold one of these events, and free food helped get me through the door (your priorities change when the PhD funding runs out). The food was good, as was the conversation with old friends and new. That’s where the fun ended…

Opening introduction – yeah, whatever. But it’s good if comperes have actually checked the biogs with the panellists before having to be corrected ‘live.’

First off we were subjected to a grim pseudo-participatory ‘poll’ (for those of us with mobiles) which showed that all but two of the people in the room thought climate change was serious or very serious. Wow!

Five panellists, thankfully not all middle-aged white men.

Then a painful powerpoint presentation, based on top-down information deficit, not even done with any great flair, conviction or panache, and without a 100% renewable option from the ‘scenarios’

Then the the official version of the history of how the 2009 Climate Change Action Plan came into existence got trotted out again, by someone who has said it so many times now that they probably believe it (can’t afford not to). This official version says the City Council magnanimously “chose” to consult citizens in making the plan. The reality was that, after years of failure and missed targets, they had outsourced the writing of a laughable “call to action” document to a London consultancy. This provoked the current author and a bunch of other people into writing the ‘Call to Real Action’ document. The Council, realising it had no way of sending little Richard Leese to Copenhagen with a completed plan based on its internal “talent pool” (cough cough) then adopted a methodology proposed by the author to create working groups etc and the document was, finally produced. And its promises then betrayed over and over by bureaucrats and politicians whose ineptitude and bad faith is on a a cosmic scale.

Thirdly (and this was the only decent bit) Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Coop actually – gasp, engaged the audience. He asked two key questions – who feels ownership of the energy system (feels like they have a modicum of control). Came a couple of yeses from the 50 or more people present – people with solar panels, shares in community energy companies. And – who feels they have enough agency and information to be involved in the great energy transition.

Atkinson advocated for various forms of public ownership, and warned that some technologies are (deliberately?) over-complicated, and need to be open source.

The next talk was the one from which the ‘carbon trading on the way to the airport’ came. Enough said, tbh.

The final talk – and kudos to the person for keeping it short, a skill others could have learnt- was about the ‘Carbon Literacy Project’.

Q and A: I asked two questions and made one observation.

Q1: In 2009 the vaunted climate change action plan set a target of having everyone who lived worked or studied in Manchester (1 million people) having undergone a day’s carbon literacy training by the end of 2013. What’s the number.

Answer: 6,700, but we’re picking up steam (This number, I think, includes people in Edinburgh…) Oh, and another panellist argued this is what he’d been talking about – how wonderful it was that the Council had set these audacious (“arguably overambitious”) goals…… “We’re on the way, early stages”…. tumbleweed.

Q2: So, the ‘we’ll miss our 41% target but will have 34% reduction by 2020’ thing. Given that OTHER cities have the same reduction, and DIDN’T have wonderful plans and steering groups, is it not the case that the 34% reduction is down to the decarbonisation of the National Grid (no longer burning coal, slightly more renewables) (and the increased efficiency of gizmos, but I didn’t say that).

Answer: Er, yes. But we’ve got lots of wonderful glossy documents you could read about lots of promises businesses and ‘communities’ have made. (Which, you admit, haven’t added any percentage reduction to Manchester’s profile!!!!)

This is when the rank hypocrisy really kicked in. Somehow Manchester can take the credit for decarbonisation (a factor outside of its control!) but the fact that Council Leader Richard Leese launched the Carbon Literacy Project in 2012 but only did his OWN carbon literacy training earlier this year (amidst a sustained FOIA campaign by the author) is George Osborne’s fault? And the cancellation – yes, cancellation – of the Annual Stakeholders Conference is the fault of evil Westminster? How do these people sleep?

Observation: I cut my emissions by being vegetarian, cycling, not having kids (this one got laughter from some – yeah, well, you won’t be laughing when the second half of the twenty-first century makes the first half of the twentieth look like a golden age of peace love and understanding. And we probably won’t have to wait for 2050 for that to kick in). But once a year I fly to Australia to visit my family, blowing my carbon footprint skyhigh (ho ho). Won’t that be the case for Manchester as a ‘zero carbon’ city.

Answer: Mumble mumble, perhaps we will have planes that don’t need energy/that will arrive having sucked it out of the air and have more power when they land.

Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Coop at least had the honesty to say this was a serious problem that needed to be talked about.

The other question – a corker – was ‘whose job is this – individuals or government’.  It was mostly bungled of course.  Waffle waffle.

 

Final Observations

  • Three of the panellists FLEW IN for this (some presumably from Brussels, which is v. accessible by train). For no apparent effort to consider video-conferencing. Was a carbon budget for this event done? Would a MCFly reader care to FOIA MMU about this?
  • Although the title of the event spoke of “Smart Cities” (the buzzword du jour), to the profound irritation of at least one person, there was little (er, nothing) about that topic in the first half. This was simply about energy systems and so on.
  • As for the second half? Couldn’t tell you. We law of two feeted it, on the basis that things rarely if ever get better from a dodgy start. We then went to the truly appalling ‘Geostorm’.  Frying pans and fires….
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Movement building course in #Manchester 24-8 November

More info here

 

Apply now to participate in the first ever Movement Builders training – DEADLINE MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 5th NOVEMBER:

When (dates): 24TH – 28TH NOVEMBER

When (times): Fri 24th: 5pm – 9pm, Sat 25th – Tues 28th: 9.30am – 8.30pm

Where: Central Manchester, venue TBC

Cost: Fees for Movement Builders operate on a sliding scale:

  • Grassroots/Unpaid Organiser: Free
  • Small Org (annual budget circa £100k): £250
  • Medium Org (annual budget circa £500k): £500
  • Large Org (annual budget circa £2m+) £1000

**Please note that these fees are flexible and we don’t want cost to be a deterrent for anyone applying – you can drop us a line about this or outline your needs in the application form.**

APPLY NOW

NEON’s Movement Builders programme is a 5 day intensive training course for people working towards big systemic change. Half theory, half practical tools, this five day course puts you in a room with 30 organisers across your region to think about the role of movements in leading change and learn from the world’s most effective groups, leaving you with analysis and tactics to apply to your own organising work. The training will be focused around four core themes:

  • Context and analysis: where are we, how did we get here and what roles do social movements and other forms of organising play in creating change?
  • Strategy: What are the key building blocks of creating change? From thinking through our vision for the world to choosing the right tools and tactics to get there.
  • Story: what role does storytelling play in creating change and how can we take control of the narratives around our movements?
  • Structure: How can we organise ourselves to bring about change in our movements and groups? And how might the structures we build around our work bolster or disrupt our ability to achieve change?

 

 

MCFly says (fwiw): Yeah, big fan of movement building per se, but usually people conflate it with mobilising (see ’emotathons’.  And NEON – hmm,  well.  Hopefully this will be better than the atrocity last year that was the launch of a Manchester group in May 2016 (that group now, I think, is mercifully defunct).  I was in contact with the national organisers afterwards about how bad that event was.  They didn’t bother to respond to my critique of the appalling mess.  Classy.

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#Trafford air quality: improvement proposal “cynically watered down”

Press Release from the Breathe Clean Air Group

Trafford Labour Group’s positive proposal for achieving improved air quality in the borough has been cynically watered down by the Conservative Council’s amendments,” said Peter Kilvert, Chairman of the Breathe Clean Air Group.

The proposal put to the Council meeting on Wednesday 18th October aimed to tackle all forms of air pollution, but the Council has deliberately changed this positive move by only focussing on roadside nitrogen dioxide. They also added a further amendment delaying clean air until 2050. “This delay of over 30 years and the focus on road traffic pollution only, means that the Council is welcoming Peel’s dirty biomass plant, air pollution from coal bed methane fracking and possibly many more dirty processes in the planning pipeline,” added Mr Kilvert.

Air Pollution from burning wood is already causing concern in Trafford as wood-burning domestic stoves proliferate. It is impossible to filter out the tiny particulate matter produce by these devices. It not only affects the health of the owners of the stoves, but their neighbours too. In California only this month, the Governor has signed a Senate Bill which establishes a Wood Smoke Reduction Program supporting the replacement of wood stoves for clean alternatives. The US Environment Protection Agency says one wood-burning stove emits the equivalent particulate pollution of five old diesel busses.

The European Environment Agency in Copenhagen has announced this month that filthy air has killed half a million people in Europe in 2014. Air pollution is the single largest environmental risk in Europe. Particulate matter has estimated to have killed 428,000 people prematurely and the main source was domestic wood burning.

It’s time that Trafford Council took air pollution seriously,” added Mr Kilvert. “They are delaying action until well after their own retirement time from the Council. They are allowing the Peel Biomass Incinerator to operate and pollute us for the next 30 years. The Council must not grant planning permission to uncontrolled, dirty processes such as power generation, incineration, factory processes and coal bed methane fracking as well as domestic wood burning devices.”

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Upcoming Event: “Climathon” #Manchester 27 October

Climate Innovators – Create real solutions to your city’s climate challenge, take action in your city!

How will you benefit from Climathon?

  • Help solve your city’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
  • Develop your skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, prioritisation, and explore new tools and methodologies
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

Application Deadline: 25th October, 2017

Challenge

Using Green Infrastructure to Reduce Manchester’s Risk of Flooding and Heat Stress

The Challenge
Manchester is experiencing the combined effects of climate change and ongoing growth and urban development: surface water flooding has increased ten-fold since the 1950s, and the number of heat stress incidents has doubled over the same period. Without intervention, this trend is set to continue and accelerate as Manchester increasingly experiences the predicted effects of climate change: wetter and warmer winters, hotter and drier summers, and with more periods of extreme and unpredictable weather.

The Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2017-50 sets out the commitment to use ‘green infrastructure’, both existing and new, to reduce these impacts and the risks of impact over the short, medium and long-term. The term ‘green infrastructure’ (GI) describes all the city’s parks, gardens, green roofs, trees, grass verges, river valleys, and all other components of the natural environment that can be integrated as part of urban areas.

The use of GI in order to deliver the potential climate adaptation and resilience benefits outlined in Manchester’s climate change strategy is limited by a number of barriers. The Manchester Climathon 2017 will focus on one of these barriers: funding and resources, from delivery, through to long-term management and maintenance.

What Does the Climathon Involve? 

Through a 1-day competition, teams will develop an area-specific but scalable Green Infrastructure project and investment strategy that enables the scheme to be delivered and managed over the long-term. Details of the proposed Manchester site for the project will be provided on the day of the competition.

 

The Event

What      Manchester Climathon 2017: Using Green Infrastructure to Reduce Manchester’s Risk of Flooding and Heat Stress

When     9am to 5pm on Friday 27th October 2017. Lunch will be provided and the event will be followed by a celebratory drinks reception.

Who       Students, entrepreneurs, big thinkers and technical experts 

Why       For a full day hackathon to create innovative solutions to Manchester’s challenges in the face of climate change

Where    HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN.

Organisers Manchester Climate Change Agency

Questions info@manchesterclimate.com

Climathon brings together the climate challenges faced by the world’s cities and the people who have the ability and the passion to solve them. Manchester’s students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, big thinkers and technical experts are being invited to take part in a Global climate change hackathon which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 27 October 2017.

To register click the ‘Join this Climathon’ link above. We’re looking for teams of 3-6, but if you have more or fewer people get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. Only one person from each team needs to register the team with us. 

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