October 2012

Friday 26th at 6:00pm at Biospheric Foundation, Irwell House, East Philip Street, Salford M3
Exhibition by Jane Lawson and collaborators coming up at the Biospheric Foundation in Salford: Bioremediation II and III
If you’ve ever wanted to know what the architects of the global financial system look like after being detoxified with oyster mushrooms, now’s your chance….

Sat 27th, 2pm The Goldilocks Planet “In the struggle to cope with climate change, what lessons can be learnt from Earth’s long history? Two leading geologists explain the important insights science is now able to give us about dramatic changes in Earth’s distant past, and the delicate balance that ensures our planet is ‘not too hot, not too cold’, but ‘just right’ to sustain life.” Blackwell’s Bookshop The Precinct Centre, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RN Part of the Manchester Science Festival. No need to book.

Mon 29, 10.30pm  Launch of Manchester Green Corridor walking circuit. See details here, via Cllr Victor Chamberlain’s site.

Mon 29 Oct – until Fri 2nd November Cooperatives United World Expo, Manchester Central

Monday 29, 6:30pm “Feeding a growing world” a discussion about solving the conundrum of feeding a growing world. Part of Manchester Science Festival. Free, but you need to book here. Venue is Cross St Chapel, Cross St.

Mon 29th 7pm, Withington Co-operative Eco-house is back! in Fuel Cafe Bar.

Tues 30 Launch of Manchester Carbon Literacy Project at the Arndale

Weds 31st “Greenspaces and Communities” conference at Manchester Town Hall. More details here

Wed 31 Oc 3.45pm – 5.45pm: The 4th Energy Revolution film screening, Manchester Central
Co-operative and community energy has the potential to play a lead role in addressing the urgent challenges of climate change, energy security and fuel poverty. It also brings a wealth of additional benefits and empowers communities to own, control and benefit from their own renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes.

A democratic revolution in energy is possible: be inspired to join the revolution at this special screening of the documentary ‘The 4th Revolution – Energy Autonomy’ followed by a Q&A and panel discussion with: Co-operatives Europe, The Co-operative Group, Friends of the Earth and Legacoop.
Watch the trailer: http://www.energyautonomy.org/index.php?article_id=29&clang=1


Monday, 1st
08:30 Changing aid for a changing climate: How well are we prepared for fighting floods and famine in the 21st century
Manchester Central – Exchange 7
New Statesman and Islamic Relief
Chair Mehdi Hasan
Speakers Rushanara Ali MP, Shadow Minister for International Development

13:00 Energy – can the market be truly competitive?
The Midland Hotel – Fairclough Suite
IPPR in partnership with Which?
Chair Will Straw, IPPR
Speakers Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Mon 1, 1pm – 2pm Making buses work for our cities: Securing seamless and smarter travel for a stronger, greener economy – what Government needs to do
Reception Room, Manchester Town Hall
* Lilian Greenwood MP, Shadow Minister for Transport
* Jonathan Reynolds MP
* Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of TfGMC
* Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, CLES

17:45 Will the Green Deal help tackle fuel poverty?
Novotel Manchester Centre – Rylands 1
Policy Exchange & Rockwool
Chair Geoffrey Lean, Contributing Editor – Environment, The Daily Telegraph
Speakers Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change; Thomas Heldgaard, Managing Director, Rockwool; Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy, Policy Exchange;

Monday 1st : 7.30pm. Transformational Economics (Transforming the North).
Venue: The Palace Hotel – Directors Suite.
Speakers: Jane Thomas (FoE), Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council; Hillary Benn MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

which clashes with this.
Monday 1st  7:30pm “Breathe Clean Air Group” meeting Christ Church, Lostock Road, Davyhulme, M41 0TD
BCAG will give an update about the Davyhulme Incinerator proposal and the forthcoming Public Inquiry to be held in November.
This is a great opportunity for you to find out how you can play a vital role at the Inquiry, as well as get a clearer idea about what will happen there.

Tuesday, 2nd
08:00 Keeping the lights on: Energy security in Europe and the UK
Manchester Central – Dods Central 7
European Commission
Chair Tony Grew, Parliamentary Editor, PoliticsHome & The House magazine
Speakers Philip Lowe, Director General for Energy, European Commission;Linda McAvan MEP, Member, Environment Committee;Shane Tomlinson, E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism;Paul Spence, EDF Energy
12:45 Flagship green policy: Green deal or green gamble
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel – Dickens / Thackery
Micropower Council, PRASEG and SERA
Chair Damian Carrington, Head of Environment, the Guardian
Speakers Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change; Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Chair, PRASEG; Representative from Which? (invited)

17:45 Low carbon and lower bills: Can the circle be squared?
Novotel Manchester Centre – Rylands 1
Policy Exchange and RWE npower
Chair Damian Carrington, Head of Environment, The Guardian
Speakers Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change; Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy, Policy Exchange; David Reiner, Director of the MPhil, Technology Policy Programme & Assistant Director, Electricity Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge;

6pm – WWF, Oxfam and RSA Insurance will be hosting a fringe event with Mary Creagh MP and Richard Howett MEP: ‘Growing pains: Can the politics of sustainability survive the economic downturn?’

Wednesday, 3rd
08:30 Building a green economy: The case for new energy infrastructure
Manchester Town Hall – Reception Room
New Statesman and Energy Networks Association
Speakers Caroline Flint MP (invited), Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

12:00 The energy-industrial revolution: How the UK can lead the world in low-carbon
Manchester Town Hall – Lord Mayor’s Suite
Friends of the Earth, IPPR and WWF
Chair Sue Ferns, Prospect Union
Speakers Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change; Andrew Pendleton, Friends of the Earth; Will Straw, IPPR; Nick Gardiner, BNP Paribas; Dimitri Zenghelis, London School of Economics; David Nussbaun, WWF

13:00 Rethinking fossil fuels
Manchester Central – Dods Central 5
Dods PoliticsHome
Chair Paul Waugh, Editor in Chief, PoliticsHome & The House magazine
Speakers Tom Greatrex MP, Shadow Minister for Energy & Climate Change;David Anderson MP, Secretary, Clean Coal APPG

Weds 3, 6pm onwards SWAP SHOP at Eighth Day Cafe, Oxford Rd Manchester
Tired of your old clothes but no money/ time to trawl through the shops? SWAP SHOP offers you the chance to recycle your clothes and rejuvenate your wardrobe in a sustainable way!
How it works:
Bring 3 items of good quality, clean clothing.
Take home anything you like!
FREE if you bring 3 items, £1 otherwise.

Thursday 4th 7pm. Jam Session at Sustainable Housing project. BYOI (instruments). 34 Finchley Road, Fallowfield, M14 6FH

Sat 6th, 11-5pm Free Waste Ambassador training from at the Old Trafford Community Centre. The training will be fun and interactive, teaching you how you could design, plan and hold your own waste event (example: a swap shop with friends). The training will teach you why waste is important and how you can improve the environment you live in by using a few simple ideas. Lunch and refreshments will be provided as long as you have confirmed your place on the course. There are 10 free places available to Trafford residents. Please contact Jo Wilkes at joanne.wilkes@afsl.org.uk. Alternatively, call on 07904 244557 as soon as possible to secure your place and avoid disappointment.

Tues 9, 6.45 -9pm Friends of the Earth meeting “What’s on your plate?” event Green Fish Resource Centre on Oldham Street (next to Mint Lounge) “This meeting is perfect for those who are new to Friends of the Earth. Contact Colette at colette@manchesterfoe.org.uk or on 07754 042716 for further details.”

Thursday 11th, 7pm. Movie Night at Sustainable Housing – Peaceful Warrior (2006) – the story of a young gymnast who has to overcome some personally- limiting beliefs in order to live a happy life. 34 Finchley Road, Fallowfield, M14 6FH.

Thursday 11th, 7pm. Green Party monthly meeting, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St

Sat 13th, 8pm Launch of “The Co-operative Revolution: A Graphic Novel” by local writer Paul Fitzgerald. The Sandbar, Grosvenor St

Monday 15th 6 to 8.30pm Manchester Permaculture Network open planning meeting at the Biospheric Foundation’s ‘Irwell House’

Tuesday 16th, 6pm Inequality: The Enemy Between Us – Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, authors of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
Comparing life expectancy, mental health, levels of violence, teenage
birth rates, drug abuse, child wellbeing, obesity rates, levels of
trust, the educational performance of school children, or the strength of community life among rich countries, it is clear that societies which tend to do well on one of these measures tend to do well on all of them, and the ones which do badly, do badly on all of them. What accounts for the difference? The key is the amount of inequality in each society. The picture is consistent whether we compare rich countries or the 50 states of the USA. The more unequal a society is, the more ill health and social problems it has.
Inequality has always been regarded as divisive and socially
corrosive. The data show that even small differences in the amount of inequality matter. Material inequality serves as a determinant of the scale and importance of social stratification. It increases status insecurity and competition and the prevalence of all the problems associated with relative deprivation. Particularly important are effects mediated by social status, friendship and early childhood experience. However, although the amount of inequality has its greatest effect on rates of problems among the poor, its influence extends to almost all income groups: too much inequality reduces levels of well-being among the vast majority of the population.
Venue: Friends Meeting House main hall. Doors open 6pm for 6.30-8.30pm.
Tickets: £5 for GMH and BHA members, and students; £7 for others.

Thurs 18 12 to late-ish, Keep Calm Prepare for Change. RSA event at MMU

Thurs 18, 6.30pm – 9.00pm Action for Sustainable Living Social, Font Bar, 236-238 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 6LE “All past and present volunteers and friends are very welcome to attend. If you’ve never been involved with AfSL or environmental volunteering, come along – its a great way to meet like minds and find out more over a quiet drink! No need to book, just turn up!”

Friday 19, 6pm to 9pm Climate Survivors monthly meeting (film night) at Jacquie’s home, Chorlton “Our regular meeting, but including a film viewing and discussion afterwards – film to be confirmed.” For details, contact http://climatesurvivors.ning.com/

Sunday 21st 2pm to 5pm TreeStation will be welcoming everyone to the yard to demonstrate how exciting a resource wood can be. We are very proud of the work we do and of the people we are lucky enough to work with. Come and enjoy:

  • Pizzas from our wood-fired pizza oven
  • Guided tours around the site
  • Firewood processing demonstration
  • Coppice-crafts demonstration
  • Showcasing some of our customers – Start in Salford, Green woodworking, Joinery
  • Refreshments and kids play area

Come on down and get involved!
More information: 0161 231 3333/info@treestation.co.uk

Tuesday 23 October, 4.30pm  Women Governing Forests: A history of absence, the impact of presence Leture Theatre A, University Place, Oxford Rd

Tuesday 23 October, 5pm Changing public attitudes to climate change 5pm – 6.15 pm in rooms 1.69/1.70, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building. For more info, follow this link.

Thursday 25th October, 7.30pm The Rapidly Changing Arctic Climate: what does it mean for you?. Professor Terry Callaghan of Sheffield University Levenshulme Baptist Church, Elmsworth Avenue, M19 3NS.


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