Open letter in support of 10th July Climate Emergency Motion

UPDATE: The form is now closed to further submissions, thanks for all your support. IF you want to get more involved you can lobby your councillors about the motion or fill in our handy “get involved” form.

You can see below the open letter CEM will be sending to the Manchester Evening News in the next week or so. If you’d like to add your name the list of signatories (can be either as an individual or as an organisation), please complete and submit the simple form below the letter.

If you’d like to get involved with our campaign in other ways large and small, we have a form for that as well!

NB – email address is needed for verification, but we will of course NOT be sharing that information with anyone.

“On Wednesday 10th July Manchester City Council will debate whether to declare a climate emergency. The motion has been put forward by a Hulme councillor, Annette Wright, and comes against the backdrop of ongoing climate strikes by children, the protests by Extinction Rebellion, a petition started in March by the “Climate Emergency Manchester” group,  and ever more alarming reports from scientists about climate breakdown.

Manchester City Council has long talked a good game on climate change, but the rhetoric has sometimes outstripped the reality.  The fault for some – but by no means all – of the gap can be laid at the door of central government. Over the last nine years Manchester has suffered huge cuts in funding.

This climate emergency motion provides a great chance to reboot engagement with all sectors of Manchester – business, but also trades unions, religious groups, community groups and the like.  We the undersigned urge Mancunians to contact their local councillors to ask them to support the motion, and we urge the Council to pass the motion unchanged, or with amendments that strengthen it rather than weaken it.

We also pledge to be critical and constructive allies of the council in the coming years as it turns the words of the motion into deeds.”

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