Tag Archives: smugosphere

“What is to be done?” An oracle speaks #Manchester #climate #movementbuilding

First off; why on earth read this?  What credentials do I have to mouth off about successful movement-building?  There was a moment 6 years ago (Call to Real Action), but you can’t dine out on that stuff forever, you know. … Continue reading

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Protesting in Paris. Really??; Manchester meeting, Fri Nov 28 CANCELLED

CANCELLED. At the end of next year there is one of those big international meetings on climate change. You know, the ones that have achieved so much. Like Kyoto… or Copenhagen.  Already there are attempts to get activists “excited” about … Continue reading

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“Meetings are institutionally sexist”; discuss. (White-knighting by #Manchester #climate bloke)

UPDATE: See excellent list of suggestions from Holly in the comments, and a crucial point about gender constructions…. “Wonderful presentation from our guest speaker. Now, any questions?” says the chair of the meeting, usually about 10 or 15 minutes later … Continue reading

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Is a lower energy #climate event possible? Probably not. #MACF #Manchester

A low carbon future is going to be about a) doing things very differently. It’s going to be about b) keeping our commitments and about c) making sure that scarce resources are allocated according to plan. On tonight’s example, we’re … Continue reading

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Non-event report: SURF’s not up, and the stories of “sustainability” are, um, rubbish #Manchester #smugosphere

Attention Conservation Notice and disclaimer all in one: MCFly went to “Sustainable Stories,” an event and exhibition organised by some academcis. Truly soul-destroying – wasted food, wasted time, wasted opportunity. It *could* have been different. The next post explains how… … Continue reading

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Articles Review: Crises, Camps and Citizenship

MCFly co-editor Marc Hudson reads three academic papers on the stepper at the gym. And is impressed, distressed and depressed, in that order. Compressed reviews follow. Economic and Ecological Crises: Green new deals and no-growth economies Bob Jessop Beyond the … Continue reading

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Event Report: South Manchester Environment Forum #4

Six volunteers working for Action for Sustainable Living  have pulled off an excellent and (1) deeply flawed “South Manchester Environmental Forum” tonight. The event, which saw a total of seven presentations given to a packed room of more than 60 … Continue reading

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