October 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.


Wednesday 30th October, 5pm   ‘Is natural gas the answer to the UK’s energy challenges?’ by Professor Jim Watson, Research Director of the UK Energy Research
Centre and Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex ion room C1, George Begg Building, Sackville Street) Please RSVP, or contact Amrita with any queries-

Weds 30th, 6 to 8. What art can bring to our understanding of of Climate Change?
An evening of performances from artists who are working with Manchester University Tyndall Centre scientists to explore new ideas around climate change. From flooding to biodiversity and consumerism join Ellie Harrison, Adam Chodzko and the Owl Project with Curator and Director of Invisible Dust and Honorary Researcher Manchester Museum, Alice Sharp, in the atmospheric Living Worlds gallery.



Mon 7th, 7pm Co-operative Living meeting. After a break from meetings over the summer, we’ll be reconvening at Fuel Cafe Bar in Withington. Come along to find out how the eco-house renovation in Withington is progressing, and to meet members of the co-operative who will be living
there. The house in Withington is full now, so part of this meeting will be about
next steps: do we do another eco-house refurb? How about a “low budget
eco-house” or a family-friendly co-operative living project?

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

Weds 9th, 10.00am Full Council meeting in the Council Chambers, Town Hall Extension.  One of the items for approval MIGHT be the Clean and Green [sic] Spaces initiative.

Wednesday 9th October Tyndall Manchester invites you to attend the next talk in our seminar series ‘The Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand’ by Professor Elizabeth Shove, Co-Director of DEMAND and Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, on  (room C1, George Begg Building, Sackville Street) at 4.00pm.

The Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand

Professor Elizabeth Shove, Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the DEMAND Research Centre at Lancaster University

In this talk I want to introduce some of the core ideas that underpin the DEMAND Research Centre.  The Centre is designed to tackle fundamental questions about how the demand for energy and mobility, arises, varies and changes.  It is organised around three simple propositions: that energy is used in the course of accomplishing social practices; that social practices and energy demand are shaped by infrastructures and institutions, and that these systems reproduce interpretations of need and entitlement, and of normal and acceptable ways of life.  I will outline some of the challenges we face in confronting basic issues about what energy is for, and in doing so in a manner that has real impact on research and policy.


Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University and Co-Director of DEMAND.  Her two most recent books are The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday life and how it changes, with Mika Pantzar and Matt Watson (Sage: 2012), and Sustainable Practices: Social theory and climate change, edited with Nicola Spurling (Routledge: 2013).

Weds 9th “A New Leaf” meeting in City Centre

Thurs 10th, 4.30pm Seminar:  The search for sub-national territorial governance solutions: 25 years of city-regionalism in Manchester. Open to public – held at University of Manchester Humanities Bridgeford Street, Room 1.69/1.70

11th onwards – Friends of the Earth month of action called “Reclaim the Power

Saturday 12th  12 noon – 5pm  From Balcombe to Lancashire:  Anti-Fracking Skillshare

The Yellow Room, University of Manchester Students Union,
Oxford Road, M13 9PR

This summer, thousands of people mobilised against the fracking industry in Balcombe, Sussex. The community resistance drew people from all over the country who camped out, met new people, attended demonstrations, blockaded trucks and occupied industry headquarters.

This skillshare and meeting is for all those who were inspired by events in Balcombe and the Reclaim the Power camp – to reflect and organise for the
future, with a particular focus on supporting community resistance to the
industry’s fracking plans for the North of England.


Session 1: The Story So Far
– Resistance around the world (Australia, Canada, Poland, Argentina and more)
– The Road to Balcombe (resistance to fracking in the UK)
– Lessons that can learned from Balcombe

Session 2: The Frack Industry’s Plans In The North West
IGas plans in Salford, Cuadrilla’s plans in Lancashire and other threats to the North West from Dart, Aurora and Underground Coal Gasification.

Session 3: Supporting Community Resistance

With speakers from Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF) and No Dash for Gas

The event will be wheelchair accessible.
For more info email manchester@climatecamp.org.uk

Tues 15th, 4.30pm  RSA Keep Calm Conference 2013

Tues 15th, 7.30pm “Shackleton’s Man Goes South” event on  with author Tony White in conversation with Gregory Norminton at the Manchester Museum. Part of Manchester Literature Festival £6/£4

7th to 20th Manchester Literature Festival.

Saturday 19th, 10 am – 4 pm Liverpool’s biggest ever ethical and healthy living event! We have 130 stalls, cookery demonstrations, film screenings, talks and a free prize draw on offer.
We would love you to have a stall at our event; an opportunity to reach thousands of people interested in healthy and ethical living!
Running in Liverpool’s iconic St George’s Hall, (opposite the main national railway station and by coach / bus links), LABL Fair will be one of the UK’s biggest eco events in 2013. In addition to healthy, ethical and cruelty free living – we will be promoting fairtrade, organic and ecological lifestyles.

Sun 20th, 1pm Friends of Platt Fields Park monthly volunteer afternoon

Fri 25th, 6pm Critical Mass bike ride, starting at Town Hall

Sun 27th, 6.30pm  Showing of “Chasing Ice” as part of the Manchester Science Festival. At Museum of Science and Industry. With brief introduction by Marc Hudson, editor of Manchester Climate Monthly

Thurs 31st, 4.00pm Seminar: Prof Frank Geels – “The arduous transition to low-carbon energy: A multi-level analysis of renewable electricity niches and resilient regimes.” Open to public – held at University of Manchester Humanities Bridgeford Street, Room 1.69/1.70


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