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Manchester Climate Monthly May 2013

Manchester Climate Monthly May 2013

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Has the council decided to open up about how the chair of the Climate Steering Group is going to get elected? And exactly how many people have actually applied? What exactly can academics do for activists? What's so bad about Shale Gas? What do we need to do to bring back former activists?
All good questions, and you will find answers in the latest "Manchester Climate Monthly," along with the usual "what you can do" "council gritter" and extensive calendar of green events on the back page.

PLEASE retweet this/put it on facebook, tell your friends. And as ever, your comments and critiques and suggestions are v. welcome, to mcmonthly@gmail.com
Has the council decided to open up about how the chair of the Climate Steering Group is going to get elected? And exactly how many people have actually applied? What exactly can academics do for activists? What's so bad about Shale Gas? What do we need to do to bring back former activists?
All good questions, and you will find answers in the latest "Manchester Climate Monthly," along with the usual "what you can do" "council gritter" and extensive calendar of green events on the back page.

PLEASE retweet this/put it on facebook, tell your friends. And as ever, your comments and critiques and suggestions are v. welcome, to mcmonthly@gmail.com

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Vol2,No.5. May2013
manchesterclimatemonthly.net
Silence is its own story
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INTERVIEW:
TyndallCentreResearcher-JohnBroderick
Page4AGONYAUNT
Helpingwithyourclimate-changerelatedblues
Page2MovementBuilding:
Howdowegetformeractivistsinvolvedagain?
Page5
First Time Reader?
Climate change is coming harder & faster than scientists thought. It's caused byour use of oil, coal & gas. Manchester will not be immune. We have threechoices: we can bury our heads in the sand, we can talk a good game or we cancut our energy use & increase our resourcefulness. MCFly is for people,organisations & communities who want to do the third.
NEWSATSIXPage6
The“Stakeholder”“Steering“Group”for theManchesterClimateChangeActionPlanislookingforanewchair.OnMarch29th,wellbeforetheinitialdeadline,weaskedtheRelevantAuthorities:
“Who will be short-listing andinterviewing the candidates for theSteering Group role. The email addressesto which prospective candidates are beingasked to send applications aremanchester.gov.uk. So, who from thecouncil is going to be selecting the newchair, and who else (besides, presumably,the current chair) is involved.”
Theyansweredtheotherquestionweposedinthatemail,sothere'snodoubttheygotit.Were-sentthequestionafewdayslater.Noreply.Thenthedeadlinefoapplicationsgotextended.OnApril30th(overamonthafterourinitialenquiry)wesentanotheremail,thatreadinpart
:
"In addition, we would like to knowhow many applications were received beforethe original Friday 12th deadline for the role,including our own. We are NOT asking for thenames of the applicants, just a specific rawnumber (1, 2, 5 etc)."
InthefinesttraditionofManchesterCityCouncilwehave,attimeofgoingtopress,hadnoreply.
Marc Hudson
BookReview:
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THEMONTHAHEADAGONYAUNT
Dear Miss Movements,how do we encourage morepeople to cycle when themedia is full of “cyclistgets squished flatter thana pancake by hugelorry” stories and mostcyclists I know haverueful stories of near-misseswith mad and/or incompetentdrivers.
 Expecting Good “Gen” - Seeking KnowledgeUnder Limited Likelihood 
Hello EGG SKULL, in my more reflective andmetaphorical moments, I compare the cyclingdilemma with the climate one; taking the “rightaction is theoretically possible, but until a lot of  people do it at the same time, your individual“sacrifice” is largely futile.Still, you didn't write for a thesis, so here's some bullet points
:
- Don't lie to people about the dangers, but explainhow to minimise them (BikeRight do great training).- Point out “compared to what” - the risks not just of car accidents when driving, but the risks of heartdisease etc.- Join a campaigning organisation. On your own youare a pedal or a wheel or some handlebars. Nice, butto really get going, you need to be part of a bigger “machine”, one that is well-maintained.If the group is rubbish, leave and hopefully going toanother one rather than licking your wounds or speak up to change things
.
- Make sure that the group is trying to get policychanges.Agroup with no opponent, or an ill-definedor amorphous one, is a club rather than part of asocial movement. When your council doessomething, press them to do more. When they make promises, hold them to those promises...-And much as with cycling itself, when youcampaign you need high-visibility, you need lightson you, and the confidence to be doing themanouevres you are trying on the road you are on.And you need to check your pressures, (after a whileyou get deflated).And – this is my opinion - youneed to have something protecting your brain. Goodluck!
On
Wednesday 22nd May
,ProfKevinAndersonwillbeaddressingManchesterCityCouncil’sEconomicScrutinyCommitteeonthe
need for action on climatechange
.Themeetingisagreatopportunityforpeopleconcernedaboutclimatechangeandsocialjusticetoshiftthefocusoflocaleconomicstrategy
away fromgrowth and towards a low-carbon,
highwell-beingandresilientlocaleconomy.WewouldlikesupporterstousethisopportunitytocontacttheirlocalcouncillorsandattendthepublicmeetingattheTownHallwhichitstartsat10am.WeareencouragingpeopletogatherintheWaterhousefrom9am.
 
What you may have missed...
If you're reading MCFly for the first time, you may not realisethat we have a website. We publish news stories, event reports, book reviews, opinion pieces and loads more.* JobAlerts: Real Food Wythenshawe looking for 3 co-ordinators* Envirolution asks “What is a ‘Low Carbon Community’?”* “Pollution Challenge” Weds 24thApril at the Lowry* Manchester and Earth Hour? City Council does its bit* MCFly co-editors in “Applying For Steering Group Chair role” shocker #Manchester #climate #acretinfuture
Go to manchesterclimatemonthly.netReduce your personal footprint
All the standard personal stuff - drive less, cycle more, fly less(cough cough cough). Eat less meat. Buy less stuff. Insulateyour house!Ask at work - is there an environmental policy? If not, whynot? If there is, is it being implemented?Has your organisation endorsed the Manchester ClimateChangeAction Plan?Doing all that is important in its own right, but also so youhave credibility (and aren't accused of hypocrisy) when you...
Increase your political footprint
Join a group (see calendar on page eight) or go to an event.You could also volunteer with Cooler Projects on their CarbonLiteracy programme - see www.coolerprojects.comFind out who your local councillors are (even if you aredeprived enough not to live in Manchester City Council'sarea). What have they done to get the council more active?What could they do? Do they even know about climate changeas a local government issue?
Get involved with MCFly
Subscribe, forward articles to your friends. Send us news!Write for us, volunteer...
What is your campaign trying to achieve?
Rightnowweareworkingon'EverydayGrowingCultures',acommunity-universityresearchprojectthataimstoidentifyandexplorewaystosupportlocalfoodgrowing.It'saprojectwiththeKindlingTrust,OpendataManchester,TheUniversityofSheffieldandTheUniversityofManchester.Therearelongwaitinglistsonallotmentsandyetmanyplaceswherefoodcouldbegrown.Sotheprojectisgettingresidentsinvolvedinlookingatalternatives.
What was the last big success you had?
ThelastgrowingprojectIwasinvolvedinwasacitizenscienceprojectgrowingsunflowers.ItgotlotsofpeoplearoundtheUKgrowingsunflowers.Sunflowersattractwildlife-beesinparticular-andhopefullypeoplewillgetgrowingagainthisyear.Lotsofschoolsmaderesourcesontheimportanceofsunflowersandother plantsenvironmentallyaswellastakingpartinbeecounts.
If people got involved in your group/campaign, whatsorts of things would they end up doing?
ForEverydayGrowingCulturestherearetwoworkshopsinTraffordonthe1stand15thMayatSt.John'sCentre(M167GX)tofindoutaboutopportunitiesfourbanfoodgrowing.Thiswillincludeawalktogoaroundandfindlandsuitableforgrowingfoodandvegetables.Peoplewilllearnhowtousesimpletechnologytomakeamap.Nopriorexperienceisnecessary.PleasecontactKirstinatKindlingTrustformoreinformationandtoregisteraplace:kirstin@kindling.org.ukor07947715715
What advice do you wish you could give your younger self?
Shareideasearly-connectwithothersandmakeithappen-weneedtocollaboratetomakeadifference.
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"Insp
 
iring"QuoteoftheMonth
ErinmaOchuGreenArtistbasedinOldTrafford
"For all the mounting scientificconcern, the political rhetoric andthe clean technology, nothing hasmade a jot of difference to the long-term trend at theglobal level – the system level. The growth rate intotal carbon emissions in the past decade, at around2% a year, was the same as that of the 1850s."
Duncan Clark, Guardian, April 17th 2013

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