February 2012

Weds 1 Feb, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
South Manchester Environmental Forum Open Evening
“Have your say and be part of directing the next stage of the group. It is time to start planning the next South Manchester Environmental Forum (SMEF) that will be held as part of the Chorlton Big Green Festival this year. As part of the planning, we are holding an Open Evening where you can put your ideas forward, introduce new friends to the group and offer help (there are tasks of all sizes!)
Your first drink is on us, but please RSVP to Mary at mary.lee@afsl.org.uk by Monday 30th January if you are coming.” Mary can also be contacted by phone on 0161 237 3357 on Wednesday and Thursday each week.
Lammars, Fourways House, 57 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EJ

Weds 1st Feb, 7pm, Manchester Ecosocialists meeting. Mark Burton introducing his pamphlet `A Green Deal for the Manchester-Mersey Bioregion` E239 in the John Dalton Building, MMU, on Oxford Road opposite the old BBC building. The room is booked in the name of the Social Research Group – so please use that name if you ask the porters for directions. The meeting will end at 8.45 as the building closes at 9pm.

Thurs 2nd Feb 9.30 – 2pm Crowdfunding workshop, Bridge-5 Mill, AncoatsManchester
lunch provided
£35 (£30 early bird until 5 January 2012)
Greater Manchester’s first crowdfunding workshop for creatives, entrepreneurs, social enterprises, charities or community organisations.
Crowdfunding is a new way of raising finance or building your community or fan-base from your social networks. Many people donate small amounts, usually via an established crowdfunding platform, to get a project or business venture started.
Please circulate this information to anyone who might be interested. And come yourself if you can – there will be a good lunch plus a thought-provoking and practical session.

Thurs 2nd Feb 8 to 9.40pm Preview showing of the film “Transition 2.0” at  Moss Side Fire Station (Denhill Road, Moss Side, Manchester, M15 5NR). Free, but you need to book – via joel1p@yahoo.com

Sat 4 Feb, 8pm Meeting about “Sustainable Student Housing” project. At Jabezz Clegg, just off Oxford Road, opposite the Students’ Union
For more details, see here.

Mon 6 Feb, 7pm to 9pm Manchester Climate Monthly book club, first meeting.
We’ll be discussing George Orwell’s classic (and short!) “Animal Farm”.
The Waterhouse (Wetherspoons Pub), Princess St (opposite the Town Hall). All welcome

Weds 8 Feb, 7pm. Showing of “Just Do It” – film about the now defunct Climate Camp and Plane Stupid groups. University of Manchester Students’ Union, Oxford Road.

Thurs Feb 9, 7pm Green Party Meeting, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St

Thurs Feb 9, 8pm Planning meeting for the 2012 Chorlton Big Green festival upstairs at St Clement’s Church. Please come along if you’re interested or contact them here if you want to be involved but can’t make it this time.

Fri 10 Feb Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a national awareness-raising media and public affairs campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the health problems caused by living in cold, damp homes and the help that is available.
What we would like is for every person and organisation with a link to fuel poverty to use this day to highlight the important work they are doing.
If you are holding an event, launching a product, or would like to show your support through a press release or message of support, please use Fuel Poverty Awareness Day to highlight the important work you do and the reasons why you are doing it.

Fri 10 Feb, 7.30pm to midnight Friends of the Earth “nearly 40 birthday party” at Eighth Day, 111 Oxford Road

Sat 11 Feb, 7.30pm to 2.00am Envirolution Fundraiser, Trof, 21 Landcross Road, Rusholme

Saturday 11th February 2012 at 7.30pm
Chorlton Big Green Festival fundraising Celidh with the Beech Band. Tickets are £5 / £3 concessions and are available online here and at Hickson and Black’s on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton. The band will be performing at Chorlton Irish Centre, 17 High Lane, Chorlton Manchester M21 9DJ

Tue 14th Feb, 10am – 3.30pm Gather to Grow – Free 1 day food growing conference.
Trafford College, Talbot Road, Stretford M32 0XH

A free event for you and all your family. Lunch is provided!
– Pick up the skills you need to get growing this year
– Family and adult workshops
– All welcome from complete beginners to expert growers
– Meet people interested in growing from your area
Grow top tomatoes – Showcasing local produce – Wildlife gardens and grass heads – Seed sowing – Make bird feeders – Community orchards – How to compost & make a womery – Bee-keeping – Fundraising advice for community growing projects – Tool maintenance: bring along your old hand tools
To book a place please call Abigail Pound (Groundwork) on 1060 220 1000 or email msstt@groundwork.org.uk

Tues 14 Feb Manchester Friends of the Earth Full Group Meeting
Monthly full group meeting – open to everyone! Join FoE from 6.45pm at the Green Fish Resource Centre on Oldham Street (next to Mint Lounge) to find out about what we do and how you can get involved. This meeting is perfect for those who are new to Friends of the Earth. Contact Cat at cat@manchesterfoe.org.uk or on 07754 042716 for further details. 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE, UK

Tues 14 Feb, 8 till late MCFly’s “Carbon Dating” valentine day mingler! If you’re single and you’d like to meet eligible singles, come along to our Valentine’s Day mingler! The Sandbar, Grosvenor St

Sat 18 Feb, 1-4pm  Urban Edible Gardening Workshop at MERCi
This free workshop will give you an introduction to permaculture principles and ‘urban edible gardening’. Come along and make a design for your own edible space – be it window box, back yard, garden or guerilla gardening plot. Children accompanied by parents welcome.This workshop is run by Jennifer Lauruol of Carpe Diem Garden Design for MERCi’s Eco Hub project.  For more info on Jennifer’s work see: http://www.carpe-diem-gardens.co.uk

Feb 18, 1 to 3.45pm
Stories of Climate Justice – Strategies for Change in a changing world This workshop will be facilitated by Southern Voices with Caroline Downey, Executive Director of MERCi (the Manchester Environmental Resource Centre initiative) and Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar.
* Exploring the impact of climate change
* Sharing experiences and success stories
* An opportunity to influence Manchester’s climate change action plan
This will be an interactive and participative workshop.
Venue: MERCi building, Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Ancoats, Manchester. M4 7HR.

Feb 18 12 to 5pm Netroots North West at University of Manchester, £5
“We’re getting together 100 activists and campaigners from across the North West and beyond, for an afternoon of shared learning, ideas and debates.
“Netroots North West aims to facilitate the growth of infrastructure and networks for left and centre-left online activism by creating a space for campaigners and activists to build their capacity, both individually and as a collective movement.
“Come along for practical training sessions in campaigning skills and making the most of technology for activism, discussions on campaign strategies, and presentations on new developments and challenges for online progressives.
“We’ll be releasing more details and a full programme nearer the time, but you can book online now to reserve your place. The afternoon takes place at Manchester University, 12 noon to 5pm. Tickets (strictly limited) are £5, or free to unwaged/student participants.

Sun 19th, 10 to 2pm, As part of our Levenshulme community orchard project, we are holding a work session on Sunday 19th February, based at the Crayfield Road entrance to the Loop in Levenshulme, from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m.
The major part of this session is to tidy up the area of the old Levenshulme station site and adjoining bits of the Loop towards Errwood Road and the Highfield Park lattice bridge. We will also be marking up the orchard site for location of the fruit trees.
All are welcome to help with litter-picking and other small tasks, including explaining what’s going on to passing Loop users. The Friends will provide litter-pickers and rubbish bags and have some strong gloves available (but please bring your own gloves if you can). We recommend suitable footwear for rough ground. Secateurs and/or loppers may also be useful.

Mon 20 Feb, 7.30pm Campaign against Climate Change meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Mount St “to distribute leaflets and discuss further publicity for the fracking meeting; and to plan activities around the Caravan for a Million Climate Jobs in May”

Tues 21 Feb, 2pm to 4pm Community Microgeneration Workshop
Learn all the basics about renewable generation technologies suitable for your community. From wind and solar to biomass and hydro, get the low down on the technology and how it might be harnessed for your benefit. Free workshop for community groups or individuals looking to set up a group.
This workshop is being run by Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op for MERCi’s Eco Hub project. For more info on the Carbon Co-op see: http://www.carbon.coop/

Tuesday, 21st February from 5pm to 6pm– “Climate Science and why it has become irrelevant’ “ “Does the Climate science matter anymore?  Everyone who wants to deny the reality of climate change has found ways to do so.  For those of us in the real (and warming) world, the ever-more dire warnings about the long-term consequences of what we are doing now does not spur us to real action.  So what, if not climate science, will persuade and galvanise individuals and organisations?  I don’t know, but I have some suspicions I’d like to share, and want to hear other people’s answers!” Room 4, University of Manchester Students’ Union, Steve Biko Building, Oxford Road, M13 9PR

Weds 22 Feb 4pm, Geography seminar ‘Smart Citizens’ make cities smarter? The use and abuse of technology tools in public policy. Jenni Viitanen and Richard Kingston (Manchester).
Please note: this replaces the previously advertised talk by Joe Ravetz, which has had to be postponed. Hanson Room, Humanities  Bridgeford Street

Thurs 23 Feb, 2 to 4pm
Save Energy, Save Money
This free workshop will look at how you can save money on your bills by reducing the amount of energy you use. We will look at simple and cheap ways to insulate your home and keep it draft free, and top tips on saving money from using your electrical equipment. You will also get information on where you can get further advice, support and grants. This workshop is being run by the Sustaining Change team for MERCi’s Eco Hub project. For more info on Sustaining Change see: http://www.merci.org.uk

Thursday 23rd February Adrian Ramsey, deputy leader of the National Green Party, will be speaking to Manchester Young Greens and launching the party’s Manchester manifesto for the City Council elections.

Thu 23 Feb Manchester Friends of the Earth Meeting
On the last Thursday of each month, come along to the Green Fish Resource Centre on Oldham Street (next to Mint Lounge) to get stuck into doing actions on each of our campaign areas. Our regular campaign groups meet at 6.30pm for transport and at 7pm for climate change and food. Contact colette@manchesterfoe.org.uk for more information. 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE, UK

Thurs Feb 23, 8pm Planning meeting for the 2012 Chorlton Big Green festival upstairs at St Clement’s Church. Please come along if you’re interested or contact them here if you want to be involved but can’t make it this time.

Thurs 23 Feb 6-8pm Climate change question time at The Manchester Museum. Your chance to pose questions to experts about climate change & sustainability in a Manchester & global context. With experts from the University of Manchester and other leading research centres and taking place in the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery. You can send your questions in advance to museum@manchester.ac.uk or bring them along on the night.
The panel includes Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester and deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; Jason Kirby, physical geographer from Liverpool John Moores University; Jonathan Gregory, climate scientist from Reading University; Celine Gemond-Duret, of the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Central Lancashire and marine physicist Professor John Huthnance.
Price: Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults

Thurs 23 Feb, 8pm Greenpeace meeting, Ape and Apple Pub (upstairs) John Dalton St (City Centre)

Tues 28, 5 to 6pm‘Energy Politics in Belarus – hug me dearly, hug me close…’ – A Talk with Michael Martin
Manchester Environmental Students Society, Rm 4 of U of M Students’ Union

Tues 28, 6.30 to 9pm Net Tuesday “Free monthly gatherings for social changemakers and web innovators to network, socialise and share ideas about how nonprofits and social benefit organisations can use the social web for social change.” MadLab, Northern Quarter

Wed 29 Feb, 6.45 for 7pm until 9pm MFOE climate subgroup meeting, Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE
Latest climate subgroup meeting, at which we’ll be dialling into a teleconference to find out the latest on the national Final Demand campaign and planning next steps on our work to promote Manchester: A Certain Future to local businesses. For more information, please contact Ali on 07786 090520.