April 2012

Monday 2nd Campaign against Climate Change meeting at Friends Meeting House

Tuesday 3rd, 7pm Ecosocialists Meeting Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St. How does change happen? How can we make it happen. Come discuss!  All welcome. (more info to follow).

Tues 10th, 7pm Friends of the Earth meeting at Greenfish Resource Centre

Thursday 12th April, 8.30pm Manchester Green Party Green Drinks at Kim-by-the-Sea, Old Birley Street. We will be being social and talking politics. Planning meeting from 6.30-8.30pm
Sat Apr 14 – Hidden Stories, Learning from the Arab Spring, Our Role in the Struggle. Southern Voices workshop Hulme Hall, Claremont Resource Centre, Rolls Crescent, Hulme , Manchester , M15 5FS

Sunday 15th ‘Spring Thing’ at Hulme Community Garden Centre

Monday 16 7 until 8:30pm Come and plan what we can do in Manchester to support the national day of action against GM wheat The Yard, 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester

Tuesday 17, CLES event – Making places resilient Manchester
This course will explore the characteristics of place resilience based on CLES’ own research into resilient places and the CLES Resilience Model which provides a conceptual framework for assessment.
The course will guide delegates through the framework and look at ways it can be used to help rebalance our economies and prioritise resources in a time of austerity.
Delegates will
* Learn about the nature of resilient places
* Explore how current challenges and the Coalition government policy makes place resilience more important
* Learn about the CLES place resilience concept and how it was developed
* Understand how to apply the CLES place resilience concept in your own locality

Course fee
£200 plus VAT: £105 plus VAT for charity, voluntary sector organisations.
CLES members can use event days to book this course or receive a 20% discount on the above fees.
A 20% early bird discount is available on all courses booked before the end of February 2012.
Course fees include detailed reference materials, refreshments and buffet lunch.
9.30am registration and refreshments for 10am start. Course ends at 4pm.

Tues 17, 7pm Election hustings at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St.  Hear members of Labour, Lib Dems and Greens answer the question “Is Manchester City Council taking the right action on climate change?”

Weds 18  12 to 1, From Arab Spring to Sustainable Consumption? A Historical Perspective South Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building, South Wing, University of Manchester

 This lecture will focus on two pivotal Middle Eastern countries—Egypt and Saudi Arabia—in detailing the spread of mass consumption in the Middle East during the oil boom era (c. 1974-1984). During this period, tremendous hikes in energy prices and, not less dramatic, migration of millions to work in oil-exporting countries revolutionized basic human needs and aspirations for shelter, food, and clothing. The period also experienced new selling venues and promotion of goods and services. Significantly, preoccupation with buying things closely corresponded with deepening religiosity as part of everyday life and as politics.

To register online, please visit http://sci18april.eventbrite.co.uk/

Weds 18, 6.30pm to 9pm  Celebrate Sustainable Communities
Action for Sustainable Living event at Platt Chapel, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield http://afslcelebrate2012-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk

Sunday April 22nd Earth Day

Tues 24, 7pm to 8.30pm  Fuel Poverty and Corporate Control. Conference Suite 3, 4th Floor, Manchester Metropolitan Students’ Union. Cancelled. Don’t know why, only just found out (April 23rd).

Weds 25th 4-6.30 pm “Every Revolution has its Space: from Occupying Squares to Transforming Cities?”
Presentations by:
Erik Swyngedouw, Professor of Geography, University of Manchester
Andy Merrifield, Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of Manchester
Neil Smith, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography, CUNY Graduate Center, New York
Cordingley Lecture Theatre, Humanities Bridgeford Street building, Oxford Road, University of Manchester
All welcome, no registration necessary.

Saturday 28th April 11am-3pm Love Food Fest is a celebration of sustainable eating in Manchester. There will be free food and drinks and hands-on workshops on the themes of growing food, cooking cheap and healthy recipes and food composting. There will be tonnes of fun food games and best of all entry is completely free!
Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road

Sat 28 Apri, 11am-5pm – Farmers’ Market and Craft Fair
Regular market, held on the last Saturday of each month. The cream of the North West’s farmers, growers, producers and artisans descend on Chorlton Green to sell directly to the public.
Several new stalls this month!
FARMERS’ MARKET – IN FRONT OF THE HORSE & JOCKEY (NOW 16 STALLS)
CRAFT FAIR – INSIDE THE PUB
BBQ – ON THE TERRACE (IF FINE)

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