May 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.

Monday 20th 4pm to 6pm “The UK government should increase support for bioenergy. Discuss …” University Place Lecture Theatre A (3.102) Details.

Tuesday 21st, 2pm  Update on City Council’s Waste and Recycling efforts to the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square.  All can attend, no booking needed.

Tuesday 21st, 6pm to 8pm “A Sustainable Future for Manchester” “in conversation” series. Biodiversity with Matthew Holker, Greater Manchester Ecology Unit Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd. Free. See here for details

Weds May 22nd 10am Economy Scrutiny Committee meeting of Manchester City Council.  Professor Kevin Anderson speaking on Steady State Economics.  Committee Room 11, Manchester Town Hall. NO NEED TO BOOK/ASK PERMISSION. JUST. TURN. UP.

Weds May 22nd, 4pm To EV or not to EV Choices and trade-offs on the path to a
decarbonised transport sector. C1, George Begg Building, Sackville Street, University of Manchester

Dr. Jillian Anable, Centre for Transport Research, The University of
Many different carbon plans, climate change reviews, and transport and
energy White Papers over the past decade or so have proposed more or
less similar packages of policies to ensure the transport sector
‘pulls its weight’ in climate change policy in the UK. These have
emphasised developments in vehicle technology and fuels and associated
fiscal incentivisation, with relatively little attention given to the
management and reduction of travel demand. In recent years, however,
the attention given to the ‘technical fix’ has intensified as most of
the policy effort and expectation has been increasingly placed on
projections of plug-in electric vehicle uptake.

This talk will suggest that the recent focus on electric vehicle
technology could result in more carbon emissions over the long run. It
will review current proposals and projections for the uptake of these
vehicles in the UK and elsewhere. By drawing on recent work for the
Energy Technologies Institute and the Committee on Climate Change,
including research on the psychology of vehicle choice, it will offer
an understanding of the real role that electric vehicles are likely to
play in future patterns of mobility and car ownership. By reviewing
the recent policy direction and evidence on potential EV uptake, it
will pose and attempt to answer the question: have EVs damaged
transport and climate change policy?

Thursday May 23rd, 10.00-21.30* 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!
(*PRESUMABLY A TYP0 IN THE JULY 2012 MINUTES FOR “12.30.” Unless they re going to pull an 11 and a half our meeting to catch up on all the work they haven’t been doing?

Tuesday 28th, 6pm to 8pm “A Sustainable Future for Manchester” “in conversation” series. Food with Pam Warhurst, Incredible Edible Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd. Free. See here for details

Weds 29, 6pm Cafe Scientifique: Frogs, people and ferns – how to save the rainforest and its contents Professor Richard Preziosi
Conserving the rainforest as a whole, the animals and plants that live there, and the livelihoods of indigenous peoples needs to be approached as a whole. Find out about one unlikely researcher’s attempt to do this in the jungles of Ecuador and the laboratories of Manchester.
Kro Bar, Oxford Road

Friday 31st Critical Mass bike ride. Starts at Manchester Central Library, 6pm

Thurs 2nd, 7 to 9pm ECO SOUTH MANCHESTER
Takk Cafe, Tarrif Street, Northern Quarter, M1 2FF.
We’ve got a treat in store at our next ECO South Manchester event with talks from Communications Tsar, Alex Bailey and Friends of the Earth Bees expert, Steph Lynch, peppered with the usual facilitated networking, informal chats and great teas and cakes at Takk Cafe. Here’s what to expect:
Arrival (7-7.10pm)
Facilitated networking (7.10-7.45): Get to know people, find out who’s doing what and make the connections you need
Talks from guest speakers (7.45-8.30pm), followed by informal Q&A and discussions. This month, we’ve got:
• Alex Bailey on ‘Making your Message Stick’: Do you meet people who just don’t remember what your organisation does? Have you worked hard to communicate a campaign message, only to find that people don’t understand it? Alex has spent the last three years advising non-profit organisations on publicity and marketing. In a memorable session, Alex will hare his ten top tips on making your message stick.
• Steph Lynch on “the Bees of Manchester”: Did you know that a bee colony can produce 60 pounds of honey in a good season and do that, they’ll fly some 330,000 miles! Find out why bees are in decline and why they’re so vital to our eco-systems. Find out what we can do about it including the Friends of the Earth campaign to create a bee world.
More networking and should you fancy it a pint over the road (8.30pm onwards)

Mon 6th, 7-9pm Withington Ecohouse meeting at Fuel, Withington. Details here.

Tuesday 7th, 6pm to 8pm “A Sustainable Future for Manchester” “in conversation” series. Clothing with Sara Han, Stitched Up Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd. Free. See here for details

Weds 8/Thurs 9 Green Expo. Free! The UK’s sustainable building and refurbishment exhibition and conference, Greenbuild Expo, is returning to Manchester for the fifth time this spring, from 8 to 9 May, with free entry for all.

Thurs 9th, 1-2pm, Brownbag Session: ‘Social return on investment in social housing: a look at a live case study of housing retrofit in Salford’
Tim Whitley, Associate Director, Arup
Tim Whitley takes a leading role in low energy design and low carbon energy advice for a variety of building types. He has over 20 years experience in the industry which is supplemented by site coordination and research experience. As an Associate Director, Tim is part of the Arup North West leadership team and has been responsible for numerous key projects in the North West. He takes an active role in promoting low energy design and sustainability on all projects. He has presented at conferences and Universities and has been responsible for publications relating to low carbon heritage buildings, housing retrofit and museum and art gallery sustainability.
Free, no need to book. G35, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

Thurs 9th , 7pm MFOE climate campaign meeting Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE Friends of the Earth monthly climate campaign 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.

Fri 10 to Sun 12th “Camp Frack 2” Mere Brow, Lancashire. Directions from Manchester here

Saturday 11th May 11 am to 1 pm Salford’s First Anti Fracking Launch meeting St Michaels Social Club Liverpool rd , Peel Green ,Eccles M30 7LP ( M60/M62 Roundabout) Speakers Welcome.

Please indicate if you would like to be a platform speaker or bring your literature for distribution visit our Facebook site or phone 07772292161

Sunday 12th 7 to 9pm “Community Event”
This is the second in a new series of monthly events, aimed at learning about community and taking action to encourage community cohesion.
This time we’ll be discussing human needs (those that help us survive and thrive), which will lead us to identify the needs of communities and the skills that are required to fulfil those needs.
Guest speaker to be announced.
We’ll be down there from 6pm if you’d like to have a chat and a drink.
39-41 Old Lansdowne Road, Withington

Mon 13th, 18.30 to 21.00 Manchester Permaculture Network – open meeting (see here)
Location: MadLab
Description: MPN is a network of people and groups across Greater Manchester and beyond, interested in practical solutions for sustainable living.
The Network has been in existence in Manchester in different guises for some 15 years. We are finally getting it together as a constituted organisation. This is an open inauguration meeting, in order to formally adopt the new constitution, and do some forward planning. If you are interested in joining the new planning committee, or being a founding member, then come along, sign the constitution, and have your say in our future plans.

Tuesday 14th, 6pm to 8pm “A Sustainable Future for Manchester” “in conversation” series.  Housing with Richard Frankland, Dwelle Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd. Free. See here for details

Tues 14th, 6.45pm to 9pm Manchester Friends of the Earth Full Group Meeting, Greenfish Resource Centre, Oldham St.

Thurs 16th, 7pm Showing of “Do the Math” at MERCi (Bridge 5 Mill. More info

Sat 18th, 7.30pm Green Kumbh Yatra at Gita Bhavan Hindu Temple, 231 Withington Rd.


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