March 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.

Mon 18th 4pm-5pm Sustainable Bio-energy seminar

Monday 18th March, 6.15pm-8.15pm The Carbon Co-op AGM at MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
The AGM is open to members and non-members and will include an update on Carbon Co-op’s work to date as well as an opportunity to get involved in future projects.
Note that during the relevant segments of the AGM, only full members are eligible to vote.
To attend RSVP via the event page:

Monday 18 March 2013, 7:00pm start Fracking: a technological innovation too far?Fracking

Tuesday March 19th, 10.30-13.00 Manchester City Council Environmental Strategy Programme Board meeting.Room 1.10 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!

Tues 19th, 6pm Feeding the City: The Politics & Promise of Urban Food Urban Forum, International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Thurs 21st Despite the Cuts conference on Keep Britain Tidy.

Thursday 21st, 7pm ,Fuelling Manchester social, 7pm onwards @ The Black Lion, Salford.

Fuelling Manchester is the ninth networking session for community renewables in Greater Manchester.  This is purely a social event, there will be no agenda and no structure just an opportunity to meet with like-minded individuals to chat, discuss and network.  Run by theCarbon Co-op in collaboration with the Kindling Trust.

Who for: Anyone involved in community renewable projects, including: water turbine co-operatives; bio-mass and woodland management

enterprises; waste-to-energy projects and solar energy collectives.

Directions: The Black Lion, 65 Chapel St, Salford, Lancashire M3 5BZ

It’s within walking distance of Manchester Victoria or Salford Central train stations or Manchester City Centre.

To book: if you would like food, please book in advance ( otherwise just turn up or tweet us @carboncoop.

Friday 22 Friends of the Earth meeting ‘Energy We Can All Afford’, Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church with local MP Mark Hunter, Donna Hume from national FoE and Lucie Newsam of Age UK Stockport on the panel.

Sat 23rd, 12th FeedingManchester, in Bolton.

Sat 23rd Earth Hour. WWF. Yeah. Wow.

Monday 25th, 1pm
Transformative innovation policy for sustainable cities Fred Steward, Professor of Innovation and Sustainability, Policy Studies Institute,
University of Westminster, London
Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Seminar Series Room 10.05 Harold Hankins Building

Friday March 29th Critical Mass bike ride. Starts at Manchester Central Library, 6pm


Sat 2nd, 4pm Coffee Cranks Film Night at Pop-up Bikes

Sat 2nd, 10 to 4pm  Women in Science and Technology event at MERCi, Ancoats

Join us for a unique coach trip to one of the best farmer markets around, an organic family farm near Knutsford in Cheshire, will be celebrating their 100th anniversary next month! Abbey Leys have been organic since 2001 and produce organic eggs and potatoes which are sold at their farm shop, markets and their very own monthly farmers’ markets.
This FARMA-certified [1] market features a wide selection of products for purchase where everything has been grown, reared, caught, pickled, brewed, smoked or produced by the stallholders.

In honour of this special occasion,  [2]  [3]in conjunction with  and Abbey Leys farm, will be taking a special excursion to the farmer’s market on 3 March.

“_Living in Manchester, it’s no wonder we feel disconnected from our food, being so often surrounded by supermarkets and concrete. Do you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and have the opportunity to learn more about sustainable food production in the region? We will be taking a coach from Manchester in the morning to visit the market, have a tour of the land, meet some of the market producers and have the opportunity to purchase high-quality and delicious locally-produced food” – _Nona, Foodlink Manchester co-ordinator

This fantastic day out will include:
A unique TOUR of the farm
ENTRY INTO A RAFFLE for a Unicorn Grocery hamper & your very own _FOODLINK CARD MEMBERSHIP_!Places are limited, so please book your place by MONDAY, 25 FEBRUARY.
Bookings can be made on the
Cost is £10.
For more information email

4-10 March Climate Weak.  If you didn’t laugh,  you’d cry…

Mon 4th, 9.30am “Low Carbon Hub” meeting More info as it comes to hand. Well, we’ve asked why the papers haven’t gone up.  And we’ve been assured that they will. And they haven’t yet.  Nice to have such openness and transparency. [UPDATE – they went up on Thursday 28th February. Less than two working days before the meeting itself. Here’s a post based on one of the papers.]

Mon 4th 1.30pm to 5pm Next “Stakeholder” “conference” of the increasingly comical and desperate Manchester Climate Change Action Plan.

Mon 4th, 6.30pm BIG DIG SEED SWAP
at Perevil of the Peak (pub), 127 Great Bridgewater Street Manchester
M1 5JQ – we’ll be in the room on the right as you come in.
The way this works is, you put your excess / unwanted seed into plastic or paper envelopes, and make a note on it of:
– vegetable/fruit
– variety
– seed company
– use by date
– quantity of seed (approx)
– your name
There will be a table for each of the vegetable groups – you leave
your unwanted seeds on the appropriate table, wander round, have a drink, and pick up any seeds you do want – that’s it! There will be plenty of time to chat about what worked, what didn’t work, and share top tips and the like. All in all, it’s great fun, and you’re likely to pick up some weird and wondeful seed too!

Monday 4th, 5pm Launch of Greater Manchester Hydrogen Partnership, New Business School, MMU.

Monday 4th, 6pm  Free showing of classic film “The Day the Earth Caught Fire” – at MMU’s John Dalton Building, (Chester St entrance) Rm E1.45

Tues 5th, 7.30pm – Film showing of “Chasing Ice” at MERCi, in Ancoats.  See our review here

Weds 6th, 2pm Communities Scrutiny Committee meeting, Room 11, Manchester Town Hall

Weds 6th, 5pm  Informal group meeting re: EDF threatening activists with £5m fine. See facebook group.

Wednesday 6th March, 7.30pm. Alexandra Practice is hosting ‘Taking Root’ in conjunction with Steady State Manchester

Click to follow link” data-mce-style=”color: #0000ff;”> . Taking Root is a beautiful film which tells the dramatic story of Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement. The film will be followed by a discussion to consider what we can learn from this inspiring woman and the Green Belt Movement to develop a healthy, sustainable future within Manchester. Steady State Manchester advocates and acts for a steady state economy where human well-being in harmony with the environment. Come and find out more. Alexandra Practice, 365 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M16 8NG. Free event

Thurs 7th, 7pm to 9m Eco South Manchester
The Deaf Institute, Grosvenor Street  “Climate Change is a fun and inspiring week of activities showcasing practical solutions and ideas.
Talks from Black Minority Ethnic Climate Change Project and Unicorn Grocery

ECO South Manchester (formerly SMEF) is holding a special Climate Week event for everyone to share their ideas and events and offers a general opportunity to network and most importantly, have fun with like minded people!  We’ve also got some very special guests coming along to talk.  First off, Michelle Ayavero and Irfan Syed (Salford Inter-faith Forum) will be talking about the results they’ve been doing for DECC on ethnic minorities’ perceptions of climate change.  This will be followed by a talk from Unicorn Groceries on local Food Cooperatives, food miles and all things foodie.

Here is what to expect:

7:00-7:30pm      Facilitated Networking
7:30-8:00pm      Talks from Black Minority Ethnic Climate Change Project and Unicorn Grocery
8:00-8:15pm      Open Mic for anyone and everyone to pitch their projects, ideas and questions to the rest
8:15-9:00pm      Stick around for some (informal) networking

For more more information, get in touch with Cat on 01612373357 or by email

Thurs 7th. 6.30 to 8.30pm Free launch of the book of short stories “Beacons” at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge St

Sat 9th, 10.30am – 6pm, at V Revolution vegan cafe, 88 Oldham Street,
Manchester City Centre, M4 1LF
“Come along and try some free vegan food, and pick up free recipe booklets and literature.”

Mon 11th, 6pm Free showing of the eco-philosophy (but exciting!) film “Mindwalk” (John Dalton Building, Chester St entrance) Rm E1.45

Monday 11, 8pm First Prestwich Green Drinks (cf ) Church Inn. Look for Green Drinks sign. All welcome.

Tues 12th from 4.45pm – 6.45pm Final Mersey Valley ”consultation” meeting at St Barnabus Hall, Hardy Lane – save the warden service !!!! and please complete the petition

Tuesday 12th 5.30pm Cycling Forum at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square.

Tues 12, 6.45pm to 9pm Manchester Friends of the Earth Full Group Meeting, Greenfish Resource Centre, Oldham St.

Weds 13, 7.30 to 9.30pm Chasing Ice documentary showing
Moston Small Cinema at Miners Community Centre
Teddington Road
Manchester M40
Cost:£3.00 / £1.00 (Moston locals!)

Thursday 14th 5.30 – 8.30 pm North West Sustainable Business Quarterly
Bruntwood, City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT

Thu 14th 7pm to 8.30pm Manchester Friends of the Earth climate campaign meeting,

The climate campaign meeting will continue our preparations for the public meeting in Cheadle Hulme on Friday 22 March. As well as 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

Thurs 14th March 7.30pm, “Brains”! Bright Club, Nexus Cafe, Dale St. Manchester Climate Monthly co-editor Marc Hudson will be doing a humiliating 8 minute stand-up routine on brains, evolution and, or course, climate change.

Friday 15th March Green Economy, Green Jobs  What do we mean by a Green economy? How can we build an economy for a steady state, no growth future? Speakers and debate with Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, and Neil McInroy, chief executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies. Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St

Saturday 16th March “The Big Dig” a volunteering open day run by Big Dig gardens to welcome in their local residents and show them the benefits of volunteering on food-growing gardens. Keep a close eye on for what we’re up to, and to get involved e-mail

Saturday 16th, 9am-2pm Big Red Bus Tour
Meet: Manchester City Centre (Piccadilly Gardens)
The Carbon Co-op Big Red Bus Tour takes passengers on a journey around three eco-show homes in Greater Manchester. Want to see what a low carbon retrofit looks like? Meet the people who have reduced household carbon emissions and bills by up to 80%? The tour is free and includes lunch, to book email them on


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