September 2012

Tues 4th Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee meeting – Annual Carbon Budget of the City Council on the agenda.

Weds  5th to Friday 7th ‘Promises: Crises and Socio-Cultural Change’ Annual Conference of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC)  There will be a panel on “Green City Promises”

Thurs 6th Community Renewables Seminar
Carbon Co-op is hosting a community renewables supply chain seminar for local groups and suppliers as part of the Generating Success programme.

– 1.15pm to 5pm, 6th September at Hat Works, Stockport
– Lunch provided, seminar starts at 2pm.
– £5 attendance fee. Spaces are limited.
– Book online

About: This is a masterclass seminar run by Carbon Co-op in association with URBED and Sharenergy to provide capacity building support to community renewable energy projects and develop a supply chain. There will be opportunities for hands on examination the opportunities and planning for renewable energy and energy efficiency in your area. At the session we’ll share information on resources and opportunities available to develop projects, look at case studies and share best practice, help to refine your projects and provide incubation and social enterprise strategies. It will provide opportunities to meet suppliers, ask questions and develop relationships.

Who: for voluntary and community groups who want to develop renewable energy projects, no matter what stage they are at, and also open to suppliers of relevant technologies.

Thursday, 6 September at 19:00 Sustainable Housing presents: Sustainability Movies & Discussions<
34 Finchley Road, Fallowfield, M14 6FH Manchester, United Kingdom
This is the first of the fortnightly Sustainable Housing Movie & Discussion group.
We will be providing the opportunity to watch some sustainability related movies/ documentaries, discuss them and other issues with the group and make some friends.
The movie/discussion topic is yet to be decided. Suggestions are welcome.

Friday 7th, 6.30pm to 9pm Every Friday in September Lush’s Market St store will be holding its Big Friday events – a collection of evenings filled with charity fundraising, live music, crafts, food and clothes swapping.

“We kick off in style with Big Fridays Part 1 on the 7th of September, with music from Emma Hallows and Crywank. Manchester Climate Monthly and Frack Off (two of our favourite environmental organisations) will be here to educate and inspire. Local artist the Joyful Nester will be selling her beautiful fabric creations, there will be a vintage clothes swap/sale and the Lush team will be baking up a veggie and vegan storm!

Entry fee is a minimum Charity Pot purchase of £1. All guests will be entered into a prize draw to win bottles of HQ perfume, so new and exclusive it is not yet available anywhere! All of your favourite Lush products can be purchased during the events, and there will be perfume consultations and Emotional Brilliance readings galore.

This is an opportunity not to be missed, so if you fancy a real feel good evening please come and join us. Look out for more Big Fridays lineup announcements in the coming weeks, including Sea Shepherd, Hunt Sabs, Feralus, West African Drummers, Teatime Collective and many more!”

Tues 11, 6.45pm until 9.00pm MFOE Full Group Meeting
“Our monthly full group meeting – open to everyone! Join us from 6.45pm at the Green Fish Resource Centre on Oldham Street (next to Mint Lounge) to find out about what we do and how you can get involved. This meeting is perfect for those who are new to Friends of the Earth. Contact Colette at or on 07754 042716 for further details.
46-50 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE, UK”

Weds 12th City Council Executive meeting – Annual Carbon Budget signed off.

Weds Sept 12,  3-5pm Social Media Surgery
Z-Arts. 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 5ZA

Weds 12, 6pm to 9.30pm Steadystate Manchester meeting Madlab, Edge St

Wed 12 Sep: Free “Gasland” film screening, Didsbury
Manchester FOE, Didsbury Film Club and The Co-operative Membership would like to invite you to a free screening of the film “Gasland” (

The film will be followed by a discussion about the dangers of fracking for shale gas and what we can do to stop it happening here in the UK, with special guests Helen Rimmer from Friends of the Earth and Colin Baines from The Co-operative. Refreshments provided.

When: 7.15 for 7.30pm, Wednesday 12 September
Where: St James & Emmanuel Parish Centre, Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, M20 6TR (behind the library)

Wed 12 Sep: Food Growing Revolution in Cuba, Prestwich
What does a country do if it has no oil, no pesticides, no fertilisers and can’t import food from abroad?  Liz Postlethwaite, who has spent time in Cuba studying their move to urban agriculture, is our speaker at this public meeting.
Can we learn from the experience of Cuba?Can we produce more of our food locally and at reasonable cost?Can we create jobs and a greater sense of community in the process?
Come to the meeting to find some answers and share ideas!
7.30pm – 9.30pm, Wednesday 12 September Prestwich British Legion, 225 Bury Old Road, Prestwich, M25 1JE (near Heaton Park Metrolink)

Thurs, Sept 13, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
North West Sustainable Business Quarterly : Climate Change: why businesses should take it seriously’
Bruntwood, City Tower, Picadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT
Dr Terry Gibson, Operations Director, Global Network for Disaster Reduction
Madlen King, Global Head of Climate Change, LRQA Business Assurance

Thursday, 13, 7:00pm until 9:00pm Manchester Green Party monthly open meeting.
Lounge Room, Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street Manchester,l
‘The Living Wage’ – guest speaker Graham Witham of Save the Children, on what the Living Wage and the campaign to introduce it is all about.
Also feedback from the Green Party’s national conference in Bristol and an update on what else is happening.
All welcome, will be followed by a social drink and further chance to meet.

Thursday 13 at 19:00
Sustainable Housing presents: Jam Sessions

34 Finchley Road, Fallowfield, M14 6FH Manchester, United Kingdom
This is the first of the fortnightly Sustainable Housing Jam Sessions.
We will be providing space for you all to come down (with your own instruments) and play along with some like-minds, make some friends, and perhaps learn something about sustainable living in the process.
We’ll be keeping it short – 2 hours, ending at a reasonable time for the sake of our neighbours.
See you all there!

Sat 15 Sep: The Big Red Bus Tour of Green Homes, Manchester

Carbon Co-op is launching a new Manchester-based programme to help owner occupiers improve the fabric of their homes, reducing utility bills and carbon emissions.  Join this free bus tour to:

See energy saving projects up close
Meet people who have transformed their houses and hear how they did it
See renewable energy projects from the top deck of a red London bus!
Find out about new Carbon Co-op offers available to help you improve your home
Departs midday, returns 4pm. Complimentary food and refreshments available on the bus. Suitable for people living in any kind of home or flat. Funded by Manchester City Council

More detail and to book:, 0161 408 6492

Sat 15th “The Big Dig” events (all over Manchester)

Sunday 16th, 1 to 4pm. Friends of Platt Fields Park monthly Volunteer day From 1 – 4pm

As always, we shall be doing a number of different things to blow the cobwebs away and help keep bits of the park looking good.

Sadly, much of the park has suffered greatly over this summer because of bad weather and fairgrounds alongside large festivals; we are trying to take stock of what needs to be done.

This weekend we shall do some urgent activities from the following – for example
putting woodchip round the base of out fruit trees,
Retrieving the stone base of labyrinth
Digging over the Shakespearean Garden for the winter
Willow cutting and weaving
Knotweed removal (playing Rambo)
painting railings
cutting back brambles
And any other things that come up
Meet at the Lakeside Centre, wear warm old clothes and boots or outdoor shoes. It is useful to bring gloves if you have them, we do have lots but they are rubber and rather hot!!
At the end of the afternoon we have tea/juice and biscuits

Thu 20, 7.00pm until 8.30pm MFOE Climate Subgroup Meeting
“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 St, Manchester, M4 1LE, UK”

Thursday 20th Sept 6.30pm Action for Sustainable Living social at Font Bar in Fallowfield. All past, present and potential volunteers and friends are very welcome to attend. A You-Tube eco video party is planned for this month’s social.

Thursday 20, 7:00pm until 9:00pm Sustainable Housing Movie Night: The Street that cut everything
34 Finchley Road, Fallowfield, M14 6FH Manchester, United Kingdom
For those of you who’d like to meet some like-minded people, learn something new and get involved with the Sustainable Housing community in some way – we will be showing sustainability-related movies fortnightly.
THIS WEEKS MOVIE/ TV SHOW The Street That Cut Everything
See the clip here –
Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd Didsbury Dinners “Food Trail” event, in, well, Didsbury. More details to follow.

Fri 21st International Park(ing) Day, Manchester.
“This Friday marks Park(ing) Day – a day for people to claim back the space in their cities taken up with car parking spaces and raise awareness of the need for more green space. As well as holding a photo competition, (which will run until the 30th September, see ‘Actions’ for details)- Friends of the Earth will be taking up residence, for the second year running, in a car parking space in the Northern Quarter- to serve tea and cakes, and to chat with people passing by about the importance of green space and less cars in urban environments. All completely legal and great fun!
“Join us if you can! We need help with cupcake making, setting up or just turning up for tea and chatting to us.Please contact or 07956577206 if you want more info or want to get involved!”

Sat 22nd Carbon Coop big half day engagement and information event(time and location TBC)

Saturday, September 22, 7:00pm Jess Gold and the Animated Earth Concert
Event for Manchester Peace Festival
Hulme Hall, Claremont Resource Centre, Rolls Crescent, Hulme M15 5FS
£8 (waged) £6 (conc). Family friendly and fully accessible.
Tickets from 0161 273 8283
Big Green Machine presents Jess Gold’s Animated Earth Concert. Jess and her band will launch her album ‘Project Earth Rock’ by playing the first ever UK concert tour of unashamedly eco-focused songs performed with the intention of making people feel good.
During the show Danny Fenster will bring to life audience offerings with the creation of a unique satirical cartoon.

Monday 24th September 7.00 – 9.30pm Meet the Co-operatives @ Unicorn Grocery

Following the success of Meet the Producers and Meet the Growers, we mark the UN’s International Year of the Co-op and warmly invite you to come and meet organisations providing food, drink & more, the co-operative way.
Come and hear how the co-op movement began right here in the north of England, and how the Rochdale Pioneers’ aims to provide a fair, honest food supply live on in modern day co-operatives, here and across the world.
Featuring short talks and films from the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, Manchester Veg People, the Handmade Bakery, Greater Manchester Tree Station, FC United, the Carbon Co-op, True Food Co-operative and the Oromo Coffee Company.
Plus time to chat over Unicorn soup and bread, and an ale or two.
£3 tickets (in advance only) available from the shop now.

Tues 25th Netsquared event – on social media Manchester Digital Development Agency

Weds 26th Launch of Community Green Deal pilot. See here for details

Thursday, 27th at 12:00
Sustainable Housing Garden Party

34 Finchley Road, Fallowfield, M14 6FH Manchester, United Kingdom
We’re inviting everyone to come along to our freshers week launch event.
We’re showcasing our average 30s built houses, focusing on the behaviour changes that we’re making in order to live a more sustainable lifestyle. There’ll be some other projects showing off their work and wares, and also there’ll be a garden party with sustainable grub, home brew and music where you’ll have the chance to meet and share ideas with other interesting people in the Manchester sustainability movement.
Come along to learn more about living sustainably – great for anyone with an interest in saving money and helping the planet.


Sat 29th, 10.45pm Northern Activism summit (Oxfam),

This from Oxfam –

“We have great stuff ready for you and managed to arrange interesting and exciting speakers from local food-related organisations including the Kindling trust and climate friendly food.

A quick reminder – we will start at 11.00 so if you can arrive at 10.45that would be great – you can have some tea, coffee and biscuits before we get started at 11.00.

The event is taking place at the Greenfish Centre, on Oldham street,which is just ten minutes away from Manchester Piccadilly train station. (We have attached some directions for you here.)

When you arrive you need to buzz the Oxfam office. If no one is responding (we will, though) you can give us a ring on 07775 410536.

Sunday 30th, 12pm until 10:00pm one day ‘wonder(ment)’ At Alexandra Park one day ‘wonder(ment)’ invites you to come enjoy a day of wonder and intrigue amongst the trees with tea rooms, bicycle powered cinema, speakers corner and art for big and little peoples…

Sunday 30th, 4-6pm  Tell Labour to… Say No to Fracking!

  • Join activists from Ribble Estuary Against Fracking, Residents Action on Fylde Fracking and Friends of the Earth to Say No to Fracking!
  • Meet at 4pm at the corner of Windmill Street and Mount Street, between Midland Hotel and Manchester Central conference centre.
  • We’ll be flyering, with banners, taking to delegates and asking Labour Cllrs and MPs to join a photo of support with us.
  • Contact: Helen 07940 006783

Please contact your Labour Cllrs or MPs and ask them to join a photo of support against fracking and for green jobs and renewable energy at 5pm outside the main conference entrance on Windmill Street. Thank-you!


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