June 2012

Sat 2nd, 10.30 to 12.30 Wildlife taster session – at Chorlton Ees. This will be an introduction to the From Grey to Green project, explaining why it is important to record flora and fauna. There will be a walk around the local area demonstrating how the course will teach people to identify and record wildlife. The aim is to explain to people how they can contribute to protecting sites and conserving species through recording and to encourage people to sign up for future courses.
The meeting place will be Chorlton Ees car park which is at the end of the cobbled road off Brookburn Road, Chorlton (the entrance to the cobbled road is between Brookburn Road Primary School and Chorlton Brook).More events are planned and I will let you know about them when details become availableIf you want to know more about the ‘From Grey to Green’ project, please contact Steve; his e-mail is: stephen.atkins@tameside.co.uk

Fallowfield Secret Garden thing

Sat 2nd June 12 noon – 6pm
Climate Justice Collective meeting
Manchester Metropolitan Students Union (top floor)*
Oxford Road, MANCHESTER (M1 7EL)*
Following on from the Winter Warm Up in January (http://bit.ly/KyHO9r), and the Big Six Energy Bash in May (http://bit.ly/KyHZBJ), join us for a day of reflection and future planning:
– How can we continue to connect the dots between economic, climate and social injustices?
– How can we strengthen links between the anti-cuts movement, Occupy, community action and climate groups?
*Agenda for the Day:*
Welcome and introduction to CJC for new comers
Brief updates from other initiatives (eg Fuel Poverty Action,
BiofuelWatch, Kick Nuclear, Frack Off, Plane Stupid, Campaign against
Climate Change, Occupy, UK Tar Sands Network) – unconfirmed –
Reflecting on the Big Six Bash mass action.
CJC + Climate Camp – doing things differently
Planning for the Future
*What is CJC?*
Climate Justice Collective is a grassroots network of UK groups and
individuals. We support and take action against the root causes of climate change and for a clean, affordable, democratic energy system. CJC formed out of the Camp for Climate Action following its decision not to organise on a national level in 2011.
For more info see: http://climatejusticecollective.org/#/about/4561591358A travel pool will be made available to help cover transport costs.
A kidspace can be made available – please email
manchester@climatecamp.org.uk if you think you might require one.
Likewise if you think you need crashspace.

Tues 12 June, 6 to 7.30pm Towards a Sustainable Manchester?
Panel: Charlie Baker (URBED Ltd) James Evans (University of Manchester), Todd Holden (GM Chamber of Commerce), Neil McInroy (Centre for Local Economic Strategies). Chaired by Andy Karvonen (University of Manchester)
VENUE: Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY
TICKETS: Free Registration at www.cities.manchester.ac.uk/events/urban_forums

Tues 12 June, 7pm to 9m Friends of the Earth full group meeting, Greenfish Resource Centre.  Media Training!

Wed 13 June:  George McKay ‘Radical gardening’, Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

George’s new book, Radical gardening: politics, idealism & rebellion in the garden, aims to show how notions of utopia, of community, of peace and of activism are worked through in the garden.

After the talk, at about 3pm, we’re also issuing an invitation to a free tour of our amazing and little-known garden, which is home to an astonishing range of unusual trees and plants.

 Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford, U.K. M5 4WX Ring 0161 736 3601 to book a place

Wednesday 13th June  Climate Survivors meeting   call Pauline on 0777 992 3681 for the address – we often meet in someone’s house so we communicate this privately to those who are attending.

Thu 14 June 12.30pm – 5pm: Tackling Nature Deficit Disorder, Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Manchester M4 7HR

This conference raises the debate about our how life-style choices and attitudes are changing our relationship to nature. Aimed at educators, the event will explore the impacts on young people, particularly in an urban environment, and focus on what we can do to help young people re-connect with nature.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS include Tim Gill, the UK’s leading thinker on childhood and author of ‘Sowing the Seeds: Reconnecting Children with Nature’ (London Sustainable Development Commission), and Bernard Spiegal, Principal of PLAYLINK who assists LA’s in the formulation and adoption of play policies and strategies.

WHY ATTEND? To explore Nature Deficit Disorder, the freedom of young people and our attitude to risk. To consider how Greater Manchester schools and local authorities want to respond to the issues. To network with school practitioners with organisations who can support the agenda. To experience best practice workshops, formal/informal curriculum opportunities and local/regional opportunities for getting into the wild.

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE: Please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3477809221 (£10 ticket: lunch/dinner/beverages). Spaces are limited.

Thurs June 14th 2012, North West Sustainability Forum – Preston*
“Myself and Revd. Chris Halliwell who I met at a conference (www.sustainability-in-crisis.org ) in Cambridge last summer are organising this day event. This web link (http://www.lancs.ac.uk/postgrad/allens/) gives details about the event and speakers. We believe that there is a pressing need to help consider fresh ways to collaborate with one another – business, public sector, faith, academic and third sector – in order to re-ignite and scale up progress towards a sustainable North West. This is an attempt to discover how by connecting with faith perspectives different questions could be pursued and possibilities for action explored.Please contact me (s.allen@lancaster.ac.uk ) if you’d like to apply for a place.”
Stephen Allen
PhD Student
Room C34, Charles Carter Building
Department of Management Learning and Leadership
Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Thursday, June 14 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm
North West Sustainable Business Quarterly ‘Realising the Green Economy – the social challenges’
Bruntwood, City Tower, Picadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT
Luke Wilde, Director, TwentyFifty
John Atherton, Director, The Stable Trading Company

Thurs 14 June from 7 to 9pm What if… Manchester was as Sustainable as Havana.  Manchester Museum. More details and booking here.

Thu 14 June7pm – 8.30pm: MFOE climate subgroup meeting, Green Fish

Our monthly 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 call/text Ali on 07786 090520 so we know to expect you. Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Fri 15, 6 to 7pm Free performance at Royal Exchange Theatre by “Geddes Loom
Geddes Loom fuse spoken word, songwriting, beatbox, story-telling and electronic and acoustic music to create unique and intriguing musical and theatrical performances.
The group currently consists of poet and beatboxer Ben Mellor, singer, writer and cellist Léonie Higgins, and guitarist and all round purveyor of Technology, Dan Steele.

Fri 15, 7.30pm Ending Activism launch event. Lass O’Gowrie Pub, Charles St.

Sat 16th. 5pm to 8pm “Didsbury Dinners is having a community celebration to say “thank you” for all your support. Come and join us to celebrate all that we’ve achieved so far and to find out more about what we’ve been up to. There’ll be free food from our vegan-friendly barbecue, seed planting, face painting and more!” See website here.

Sat 16th, from 7pm Rio+20 Earth Summit Teleconference: Southern Perspectives on Climate Change’ at The Creative Corner Cafe, 14 Milton Grove, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 0BP Background papers can be found here http://tinyurl.com/bl6f5wk and here http://tinyurl.com/c3lkwj3.

Weds 20, 9.15 to 12 noon “Manchester’s Economy in the context of Environmental Sustainability” – report and workshops; a special meeting of the “Economy Scrutiny Committee” Manchester Town Hall.  See here for more information. If you cannot make this meeting, there is a follow-up, organised by MCFly, on Monday 25th June.

PRE-MEETING IN THE WATERHOUSE PUB (they do good veggie breakfasts!) FROM 8.30pm
Weds 20th June 1.30pm – 4.30pm Food Futures Forum – Children and Young People’s Food
Venue: Friends Meeting House


Weds 20 NCVO BME organisations and Climate Change workshop

Thursday 21st June, 4pmReal Clothes for the Emperor: Facing the Challenges of Climate Change” by Professor Kevin Anderson on(room H18, Pariser Building, Sackville Street). C1 in the George Begg Building and will start at 4.30pmRefreshments will be provided from 4pm and the seminar will start at 4.30pm.

Friday 22nd, 2.40pm  Sustainable airports? seminar by Dr Paul Chan. Pariser Building (level H, we guess).

Friday, 22 June at 6:30 pm Watch this new documentary film about the police covert surveillance and entrapment techniques which are now being used against both the Muslim community and environmental activists. Featuring family members of Munir Farooqi, one of the first British Muslims to be convicted of terrorism based on the actions and testimony of undercover policemen.


Sat 23 Jun: Bike Fabulous

Friends of the Earth’s third Bike Fabulous event will take place in Manchester Arndale Centre

23-29 June The Urban Permaculture Design Course

  • There are 2 free courses for local residents on JSA in the Blackfriars, Salford.
  • If you are a student or have a low income, you can apply for a £200 fee. You would need to send us appropriate documents, pay £100 to book your place and pay the other £100 four weeks before the course starts.
  • If not, the complete fee is £400 which you’ll need to book your place by paying £200 and pay the rest, £200, four weeks before the course starts.

If you want to book your fee, please, make the a deposit at:
Biospheric Foundation
REF: PDC + Your Full Name
Card One banking
Sort Code. 62 30 88 Account – 70488435
Thank you.
For more information, please, find attached our brochure
or visit: http://biosphericfoundation.com/program-events

Monday 25th June, 6pm to 9pm (drop-in)  Steady-State Manchester – what next?  For people who couldn’t make it to the Weds 20th meeting of the City Council to find out more. For people who were there to share their impressions.  For us all to think – what do we next. How do we get the Council to help in making Manchester greener and fairer?

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St Manchester

Monday 25 June, 7pm Withington Co-operative Eco-house meeting, Fuel in Withington.

Thurs 28 to Sat 30 “Everything We Need” at Royal Exchange. £10/£7
“Loosely inspired by classic myth and climate change research, Everything We Need is a collection of humorous, lyrical and moving monologues from seven characters coming to terms with life changes in a changing world.”

Written and performed by award-winning poet and actor Ben Mellor, directed and dramaturged by Cheryl Martin, live music from Dan Steele and Léonie Higgins, art and design by Sumit Sarkar.

Friday 29th 8.30 – 10.30am  Environmental Management Systems Free breakfast seminar (please see relevant flyer attached).
It will cover the following subjects: > What is an EMS?
> Benefits of an EMS
> Key components of an EMS
> Certifying your EMS
It will be held on the  at the YHA in Manchester, and it is ideally for Managers, Directors looking to implement and EMS (eg ISO 14001)

online booking form that delegates can complete as well as a relevant webpage.

Friday 29th from 1-4pm Community Action Day

Venue · Fallowfield

MMU will be teaming up with the University of Manchester and Manchester City Council for a Community Action Day in Fallowfield. Each year as term ends and many students move out of their homes, Manchester City Council undertake a massive environmental operation to restore standards to the area. Both Universities, the Environmental team, the Off-campus Affairs Office and Manchester City Council have already been working together with groups of student volunteers to undertake a massive recycling project in aid of British Heart Foundation as students move out of houses. Volunteers will be involved in a range of activities from planting new plants, painting and localised clean ups. All equipment will be provided and there will be refreshments on offer at the office. We will be meeting at 12.45pm at the Manchester Student Homes office on the corner of Wilmslow Road and Moseley Road in Fallowfield, M16 6ND. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Beverley Craig, Off Campus Affairs Manager via email Beverley.craig@manchester.ac.uk

Friday (29th June) 17:30 “Cold War Technologies for Weaponizing the Atmosphere: From Cloud Wars to Geo-Engineering” at the Imperial War Museum North.
The lecture will be given by Professor Jim Fleming of Colby College, Boston All are welcome, please circulate this notice to anyone who may be interested in attending.
For more information see: http://www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk/newsandevents/conferences/coldwarblueplanet/

Sat 30th June, 11.00am – 4.00pm: Stopping the Nuclear Juggernaut; A Campaign Planning Day for Activists
Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Manchester, M4 7HR
This meeting has been organised to learn about the success of campaigns in other countries, and of many environmental campaigns here in the UK, and how they can be sustained. We want to build on the most effective ways of campaigning and draw upon the skills and understandings of ‘Occupy’ and ‘Plane Stupid’ and other groups. This is a planning meeting for a future campaigners’ event later in the year designed to strengthen the movement, in a similar way to the Yokahama conference in February 2012 brought thousands of activists together in Japan.

The aims and objectives of this planning meeting are as follows:
To connect with national and local NGOs and activists to develop a consistent campaign that effectively puts pressure on the Government and the nuclear industry;
To interact with positive international initiatives in this area;
To plan a national / international conference to energise the anti-nuclear community;
To improve and promote a consistent anti-nuclear message.

This planning meeting is open to members of local and national nuclear concerned and environmental groups across the UK, Ireland and further afield.
Please email / return this form to: Jacqui Burke, GMDCND, 22a Beswick Street, Manchester, M4 7HR gmdcnd@gn.apc.org by 22nd June 2012. Tel: 0161 273 8283.


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