January 2012

Thurs 5 January, 2pm Free Symposium: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
The creators of Air Pressure will talk about their work and the ways that art-science collaborations illuminate the social, political and ethical issues in the public understanding of science. They will be joined by speakers from Japan to reflect on the Air Pressure project, and discuss examples of disaster and disease in Japan and elsewhere. The symposium will be followed by a concert of contemporary sound art.
For more information or to book: e: whitworth@manchester.ac.uk or t: 0161 275 7450

Sat 7 Jan, 10am-1pm The Riverbank Market Garden will be opening its gates, with a free cookery class run by Cracking Good Food, advice on home composting and people can sign up for free training on growing food, cooking and composting over the next few months.
Riverbank Market Garden is behind the Co-op on the junction of Barlow Moor Road and Hardy Lane in Chorlton. The Garden can be reached along a short access road adjacent to the dentist’s.
For further information, please contact Amanda Benson, Project Manager on (07989) 198687 or riverbank.amanda@gmail.com

Tues 10 Jan 7- 9pm Manchester Friends of the Earth Full Group Meeting monthly full group meeting – open to everyone! Join us 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.

Weds 11 Jan, 7.30pm: ‘No Impact Man’ film screening, Didsbury
St James and Emmanuel Parish Centre, Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury (next to the library and behind church) £4.50
‘No Impact Man’ is set in New York, where Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for a whole year. It means eating vegetarian, buying only local foods and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, buses or aeroplanes and no toxic cleaning products. In other words a complete change of lifestyle for the whole family; which can cause problems; but it also leads to improved fitness and health and better parenting. ‘Compelling and extremely fun’ says one reviewer.
As well as the film screening, there will be drinks and nibbles, and time for discussion, all at a small cost of £4.50. For more information, email angus.cleary@talktalk.net.

Thurs 12 Jan 6-8pm Workshop/ WordPress – A Beginner’s Guide at Cornerhouse cinema £4/£3 Book here.
Want to start a blog but don’t know where to begin? This session provides you with an introduction to the popular blogging platform WordPress. You’ll be taken through the basic features and get the opportunity to set up your very own blog with the help of web developer and blogger Chris Horkan. From drafting and publishing posts to customising the look of your blog, this practical hands-on session will cover all you need to know to start out in the blogging world. Who is this session for: People with no or very little blogging experience.

Thurs 12 Jan 7-9pm Manchester Green Party meeting
Friends Meeting House ‘Growing Food in the City’

Thurs Jan 12, 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 13 Jan, 7.30pm Abundance Manchester meeting, open to anyone who’d like to get more involved or just wants to find out more about what we’re doing at Kenworthy. The meeting will be at the Work for Change offices in Hulme, M15 5RF, in the Yellowbricks (same building as Kim by the Sea). Facing Kims, head to your left to the end of that building and turn right around the corner onto Geoge Parr Road. The entrance to the offices is a red door on your right about halfway along the building. If no-one’s there to let you in, ring on 07967 227 981. We’ll probably have a drink round the corner afterwards at Kims.
All Welcome!

Weds 18 3-5pm at the Manchester Museum “Climate change and the rock record” – ten week course

Weds 18 Jan, 6.30pm onwards. Manchester Vegan Drinks,at Bakerie on Lever Street in the Northern Quarter. You don’t have to be vegan to come along, non-vegans are very welcome but we would ask that you respect that most attendees are vegan and refrain from eating and drinking non vegan while at Vegan Drinks. See you there!

Thurs 19 Jan Manchester City Council Planning and Highways Committee meeting – A whopping big carpark at Christie’s or no? Manchester Town Hall

Sat, Jan 21, 1 to 3.15pm CLIMATE VIOLENCE, HISTORY AND RESISTANCE: Exploring a Bigger Picture
Presentation by Kooj Chuhan
· What is the framework in which we are led to understand climate change by our major institutions, businesses, policy makers and writers?
· How do ideas around race, displacement and perspectives from the global ‘South’ (including indigenous people’s movements) inform our understanding and action?
This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the above questions as well as:
· critique of Western ways of seeing climate change
· diaspora interest in climate change
· impact on migration from the South
Venue Hulme Hall, Claremont Resource Centre, Rolls Crescent, Hulme , Manchester, M15 5FS.
The Hall is just behind Junction Pub in Hulme, next to the nursery, on 86 Bus route. One stop before Asda Hulme from town.
A light lunch will be provided from 12.15pm
For more information and to attend this event, please email:
Dave Cooke at dmcooke@btinternet.com

Tues, 24 Jan 9:00am – 26th Jan “Retrofit 2012 Conference”
The Lowry, Salford Quays
Retrofit 2012 will look to accept papers from disciplines including the sciences, economics, built environment, business and management, information technology and computing, psychology and sociology. Official page.

Weds 25 Jan, 8 till 11 “A Reasonable Cause,” in the Kraak Gallery Northern Quarter. A night of music, short film, a talk about something green, and a lot of fun.”The editors of Manchester Climate Monthly will be along to give brief talks and answer questions. Arwa Aburawa will talk about “the Middle East and Climate Change”, and Marc Hudson will encourage people to get involved in helping Manchester Climate Monthly in its mission “to inform, inspire and connect.”

Thurs 26 Jan, 9.30 to 1pm

£149 + VAT per person

Drawing upon international insights from Liverpool to Melbourne, the masterclass will share cost-neutral ways for councils and their partners to mobilise resources and behaviour change amongst staff and residents in order to nurture communities, protect the environment and save money. The training is intended to provide new thinking and tools for service managers and community leaders responsible for protecting frontline services during an age of financial austerity. Key areas of focus will be the better use of local assets and planning frameworks, for instance utilising ‘revolving funds’ and ‘developer levies’ on water and energy to avoid costs, boost resilience and stimulate jobs markets.

Who should attend: the training is designed for local government managers, community organisers, charities, public policy makers or consultants who work with local government or communities and are interested in sustainable urban development.

Thurs 26 Jan, 4pm, Brooks World Poverty Institute ‘Work in Progress’ seminars
‘The Gender Dynamics of Asset-based Adaptation to Climate Variability of the Urban Poor in the Built Environment in Bangladesh’ Huraera Jabeen
1.2 Humanities Bridgeford Street

Thurs 26 January, 6pm
FuellingManchester – a networking & socialising opportunity for community renewables projects across Greater Manchester
Bulls Head Pub (M1 2PN)

Thurs 26 Manchester Friends of the Earth Campaigns Meeting, 6.30pm
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 FoE’s campaign areas. 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

Thurs 26, 8pm Greenpeace monthly meeting, upstairs at Ape and Apple pub, John Dalton St, City Centre

Fri 27, 8.00am until 9.00am Critical Commute from Levenshulme, Prestwich, Stretford, Chorlton, Worsley and Withington, to Manchester
Every last Friday of the month, join the communal cycle ride into Manchester. For more information contact graeme@manchesterfoe.org.uk or cat@manchesterfoe.org.uk

Mon 30 Jan, 7pm to 9pm
Greater Manchester FOE network meeting, with special guest speaker Lillian Burns from CPRE providing us with the latest news regarding the SEMMMS airport link road and the Airport City development. All welcome!
Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE