January 2013

Inclusion in this calendar is NOT a guarantee of quality. If we think something is extremely likely to be worth your time, then we will put one or more little “thumbs up” icons next to it. We a) are maybe prejudiced about some groups b) have specific criteria about usefulness and c) could be wrong.

Friday 25th 11-6.30pm 
“Friends Meeting House OPEN DAY
“You probably know that we’ve in the midst of some major changes here at the Friends Meeting House in Central Manchester.  The end of the building work is now in sight… and it’s looking great! In a few weeks’ time we’ll have some fantastic new meeting rooms, a much more accessible building, and a much more sustainable and eco-friendly one too. We’d love to show you what we’ve done, and our fabulous new facilities …  so we’re holding an open day.  Friday 25th January 2013 …pop in any time between 11am and 6.30pm.  We’ll ply you with tea and cake, and our team will be available to chat and show you round.”

Sat 26th, 12noon – Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group meeting, Methodist Hall, Oldham St

Tues 29th, 8am EVIL ENERGIES?Breakfast at Rylands Sustainability, coffee, discussion.
As part of the University of Manchester’s Knowledge Exchange Hub for Environmental Sustainability, we are hosting a series of cafe events – Breakfast at Rylands. Through discussion and debate we will highlight some of the key knowledge assets and research projects related to environmental sustainability and identify some innovative solutions to the key sustainability challenges faced by city partners and others.

In the face of runaway climate change, are we all being a little too precious about what we will or won’t accept in terms of future energy generation? Even as the ink dries on Britain’s new Energy Bill, the controversy continues. As we strive to keep the lights on, cars moving and carbon emissions on a downward curve one thing is consistent: there’s no shortage of debate around new energy options. Nimby’s hate onshore wind turbines. Greenies hate glowing rods of radiation. Most people, apart from Blackpool’s economic development team, think fracking sounds like a uniquely bad idea. And everyone ignores the poor relation that doesn’t feature any shiny boys toys, energy efficiency.
This 90 minute debate will examine, without prejudice, the full range of options being examined and would seek to blow some myths out of the water and look at what really are our most sustainable energy options ending with a ‘choose your future energy mix’ interactive poll.
8am – Arrival and breakfast
8.30 – Introductions
8.35 – Provocations
9.00 – Discussion
9.30 – Close

Tues 29th – 7pm Sustainable Fashion Clothes Swap Party Manchester Women’s Institute
Swap an unloved good quality piece of ladies clothing (on hanger please), piece of costume jewellery, handbag or a pair of shoes (max 3 each items to swap)
‘One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure!’
With special guests including eco-friendly fashion designers and budget busting personal stylists.

Tuesday 29th , 7.00–9.00pm — and the same time each following Tuesday — Manchester Green Party and Manchester Young Greens members, friends and supporters meet at Kro Bar, 325 Oxford Road (opposite the University of Manchester students union building). There’s no agenda — just meet, talk, share information & ideas.
Been and Gone

Thursday 3, 10.30am – 1pm The Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (TfGMC) is holding its annual Budget Briefing for 2013/14 in the Banqueting Room of Manchester Town Hall. To reserve a place at the briefing, please email budgetupdate@tfgm.com or telephone 0161 244 1000.

Tues 8, 6.45pm to 9pm Manchester Friends of the Earth Full Group Meeting, Greenfish Resource Centre, Oldham St. http://manchesterfoe.org.uk/

Thurs 10th, 7 pm Manchester Green Party meeting – ‘Consuming our Future’ with Dr. Ruth Wood of the Tyndall Centre followed by MGP’s AGM Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St

Tues 8, 2pm to 4pm Meeting of the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee at Manchester Town Hall (Committee Room 11) Two reports of note – one on the “refresh” of the Manchester Climate Change “Action” Plan and the GM Green Deal

Sat 19 2pm – 5.30pm  Everything you want to know about ‘In Place of Growth’, Methodist Central Hall

The workshop will be an opportunity to:

  • Learn about steady state economics
  • Discuss the suggestions in the report for developing steady state economics in Manchester
  • Add your ideas

You will be expected to have read the report beforehand. More information and the reports are available at http://steadystatemanchester.net/our-reports/

Sat 19th 4.30pm to 7.30pm Coffee Cranks Film Night at Pop Up Bikes Pop Up Bikes, Arch 5 Corporation Street, M4 4DG Manchester

Sun 20th, 5.30pm “Grow Your Own” Rusholme Film Club, The Birch Community Centre, Brighton Grove, M14 5JT.

Mon 21st, 6.30 to 9pm Climate Survivors monthly meeting Phil and Katherine’s home, Levenshulme

Tuesday January 22nd, 10.30-13.00 Manchester City Council Environmental Strategy Programme Board meeting. Room 2.02 One First Street

Open to the public? I’m sorry, you must have mistaken this Local Authority for one that is genuinely interested in transparency and democratic engagement!

Thu 24, 7pm to 8.30pm Manchester Friends of the Earth climate campaign meeting
An extra climate subgroup meeting at which we’ll be planning next steps on the Clean British Energy campaign and our local campaign to engage businesses with Manchester’s climate change plan, A Certain Future.   If you’d like to join us, please text Ali on 07786 090520 so we know to expect you. Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE


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