September 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.

Events, dear boy, events.

Weds 25th Manchester Climate Monthly editor Marc Hudson on “Alan Beswick”, BBC Radio Manchester

Weds 25th, 10 to 12.30am  The Ecosystems Knowledge Network and the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub present ‘The Investing in Nature Manchester Town Hall. The free seminar will be opened at 10 am by Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Chair of the GM Low Carbon Hub. Anne Selby and key note speaker Professor David Hill will provide an overview of the challenges facing the natural environment, including: Localism – low carbon, natural capital and climate resilience; Green Growth – driving economic benefit from climate change activity and valuing the natural environment and Ecosystems – the economic value of GM’s ecosystems and the services they provide. This event is open to environmentalists and economists – businesses, associations, individuals and Local Authorities. Download flyer with sign-up details…

Thurs 26th  Anti-Fracking public meeting  Friends Meeting House, 13 The Polygon Wellington Road Eccles Manchester M30 0DS

IPCC AR5  (Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC comes out)

28th and 29th  Hulme Community Garden Centre-‘Little Green Week End’ will see a week end full of workshops,
discussions, theatre matinee with the return of Mykron Theatre
and lots lots more. Watch this space …!
Sat 28th, 4-6pm ‘Do you want to be a farmer?’
This session will spell out the basics for anyone thinking about farming within our FarmStart programme as a career option. How much will you make? How hard will you have to work? What characteristics do you need? Real life farmers on hand to answer your questions!Please e-mail to register a free place.

Sunday 29th RSPB ‘State of Nature Question Time’ event

Sunday 29th, 7 for 7.30 start.
Anti-Capitalist Roadshow at Bridge 5 Mill
Featuring political folk legends: Roy Bailey, Sandra Kerr, Leon Rosselson, Janet Russell, Peggy Seeger, Jim Woodland. Come and celebrate subversion with song (and some laughter). 🙂
Tickets available online with reductions for concessions:

Mon 30th  Food Sovereignty event;

Monday 30, 6:45pm start Fracking: a technological innovation too far?
James Woudhuysen, Joanne Green, and Erik Bichard will help introduce a discussion on fracking and a second dash for gas
James WoudhuysenAlthough the UK government has been mindful of the looming energy crisis for the last decade, it has responded like rabbits caught in the headlights. Finally, there is some political will to start resolving the matter with more than a few solar panels or wind turbines on the roof. In the 2012 budget, George Osborne approved the construction of new gas-fired power stations, and established the Office for Unconventional Gas and Oil, to join up responsibilities across government and provide a single point of contact for investors and streamline the regulatory process for deploying technologies like fracking.
In the discussion area of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY. Please arrive around 6:15pm for complimentary drink and nibbles, ready for a prompt 6:45pm start – expected to finish before 8:30pm. Tickets are Free, as the discussion is sponsored by the Manchester Network of the IET but need to be booked in advance, through the Eventbrite ticketing button above or by clicking on

This discussion, including audience comments, will be filmed and made available online as a reference resource.

Been and gone

Tues 3rd 2pm, Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee and the Green and Blue Infrastructure “Strategy” at Manchester Town Hall

Tues 3rd, 6.30pm If you’re interested in getting involved in a local anti-fracking campaign, join us from 6.30pm next Tuesday (3 September) in meeting room A at the Green Fish Resource Centre (46-50 Oldham St, M4 1LE) to help us shape the campaign, and in particular to plan a stunt at Conservative party conference, which is being held in Manchester at the start of October.
Please email or text me if you’re planning to join us, so we know to expect you.
Ali 07786 090520

Thurs 5th, 6 to 8pm GM: The future of food and farming?

Cross St Chapel, Cross St. Details to follow

Thursday 5th September Fuelling Manchester

Community renewables and retrofit social for Greater Manchester, Thursday 5th September 2013 Man and Scythe, Bolton (the pub was closed but is now re-open!)

Fuelling Manchester is the networking meetup for people and groups involved in community renewables around 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 the Carbon Co-op in association with the Kindling Trust and Generating Success. This month part of Community Energy Fortnight.

Who: for anyone involved in community renewable projects, including: hydro co-operatives; bio-mass and woodland management enterprises; retrofit and energy efficiency projects and solar energy collectives. Past attendees include Torrs Hydro, Biomass Energy Co-operative, Greater Manchester Tree Station, MERCi,Saddleworth Hydro, Stockport Hydro, CoRE, Co-operative Enterprise Hub and many more!

Directions: Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub, Churchgate, Bolton

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

Thurs 5th, 6-8pm Meeting the climate challenge: Is a low carbon energy future possible? in Renold Building.

low carbon energy

You are invited to a public debate on how we can meet the challenge of climate change – undoubtedly one of the major problems faced by our nation and the world.

There are complex technical, economic, social and political issues that bear on this and a panel of experts has been assembled from industry, local government and academia, whose knowledge covers all these aspects.

Representatives from The University of Manchester will include Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, and Dr David North, Director of the Centre of Sustainable Consumption.

Each panel member will give a short presentation and afterwards there will be a public question and answer session. Fracking, transport policy, the viability of carbon capture and storage and many other issues are up for discussion!

A reception will be held after the event in which discussion can continue to flow.


If you are interested in attending, please register online at:

Fri 6th, Low Carbon Hub meeting.  Members of the public are, of course, excluded.

Fri 6th, 10am to 4pmBritish Energy Challenge” at Manchester Town Hall

Sat 7th/Sun 8th Didsbury Food Trail

Sunday 8th, 10am-3pm The Big Red Bus Tour of Green Houses is an opportunity to visit homes that have made radical reductions in energy bills and carbon emissions.

Everything from solar PV panels and biomass boilers to external wall insulation and triple glazed windows.

On the tour you’ll visit three householders around Greater Manchester who retrofitted their houses as well as getting the chance to meet other people on the tour interested in making improvements to their homes.

You’ll also hear about Carbon Co-op’s unique model which puts householder members in control of the home energy efficiency revolution and see how we can help you make your home fit for 2050 living.

Booking essential!
Lunch included

Sun Sept 8th, 2.30pm to 5pm  Climate Survivors meeting.
Location: The Brow House
Street: 1 Mabfield Rd
City/Town: Manchester
Phone: 07712566144
Event Type: discussion
Organized By: pauline lozoya hocking

Tues 10th, 6.45pm to 9pm Manchester Friends of the Earth Full Group Meeting, Greenfish Resource Centre, Oldham St.

Weds 11th, 10am Executive Meeting of Manchester City Council, at which they will agree the “Clean and Green [sic]” Spaces Initiatives report, which then goes to Full Council on 9th October.

Saturday 14th September 2-5 – In Place of Growth Workshop Imagining Manchester where people thrive without harming the planet
What might life be like on a day to day level? What are appropriate aspirations for ourselves, our children and our city, if we want more equity and to live within ecological limits? We are aware that many Steady State Manchester supporters would value a more visual sense of what life might be like for residents in the city where we are living well within planetary limits. To what extent are our visions shared and different? This afternoon will be an opportunity for participants to flesh out a vision of what we are striving for.
It would be great if we know you are coming; e-mail to book and for venue details.

Sat 14th Fancy some apple scrumping this Saturday? It’s fun and free. Join our new Operation Farm project Abundance Tameside

Sunday 15th 12
Manchester “Ice Ride” (Greenpeace
Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 4LQ
“Come join Greenpeace on our Ice Ride! On Sunday 15th September, over 70 cities all across the World will see hundreds of cyclists simultaneously descend to raise awareness over the rapidly melting Arctic Sea Ice. All this will be done to coincide with Aurora – a double decker sized Polar Bear who will be marching around London on the same day to highlight the likes of Shell, who don’t see diminishing ice caps as a threat to the planet, rather as a business opportunity to access even more fossil fuels embedded under the Arctic. We’ll start the day at 12 noon outside the Hilton Hotel, and follow a trail of 10 other famous landmarks in the Manchester/Salford areas to capture photos of the bikers passing by.”

Weds 18, 10am to 15.45 Food, Fibre, Fuel: The Rise of the Sustainable Society502, The New Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH

This event is brought to you by Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group: Social and Sustainable Enterprise Network. Co-hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University and MERCi

This seminar brings together practitioners and academics to learn from each other, connect and shape co-interests. This is an interactive event, small pitches, breakouts and more.
See more at:


1 Response to September 2013

  1. Don’t forget the Anti-Capitalist Roadshow on 29th September at Bridge 5 Mill. 7 for 7.30 start.
    Featuring political folk legends: Roy Bailey, Sandra Kerr, Leon Rosselson, Janet Russell, Peggy Seeger, Jim Woodland. Come and celebrate subversion with song (and some laughter). 🙂
    Tickets available online with reductions for concessions:

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