Climate Emergency Manchester proudly releases a new report, again a great team effort, with people pitching in ideas, illustrations, proof-reading and (we hope) publicising.
The new 16-page report, called ‘With Love and Rockets‘ calls on Manchester City Council to accelerate and broaden its climate actions. It comes two weeks after the City Council was exposed as having taken almost no action on its ‘climate emergency’ declaration, and days after it gave approval for a 440-place car park on Great Ancoats St.
The report lays out a series of low-cost actions that the Council and the 96 councillors could take to generate momentum and action. The reports; suggestions come from both CEM and from citizens across Manchester, who were invited to contribute ideas. Of the dozens of ideas, ideas include –
- All 32 wards to have agreed Local Climate Champions – one councillor within each ward – to champion climate action and engagement
- Hold regular “Question and Answer sessions” over the course of the year with all Executive members on how they are driving forward climate and fuel poverty/food poverty issues in their portfolios
- All councillors to say what changes they have made in their own lives and carbon footprints and what further changes they will make by Christmas
- Ensure that meetings of the new Zero Carbon Coordination Group are open to observation by the public, with all councillors able to ask questions
Calum McFarlane of Climate Emergency Manchester said
“Recently the Council Leader Richard Leese said he would welcome “practical, deliverable solutions” from citizens. Well, this report is full of them and it will be interesting to see how he responds. More importantly, Manchester City Council needs to raise not just the level of its ambition, but also immediate action. Setting up committees with macho names doesn’t count. We need deeds, not words.”
CEM is calling upon citizens to send copies of the report to their local councillors (find out who they are here), and ask the councillors a) what they are doing on climate change in their wards and b) what they plan to do in the near future. CEM would love to hear what answers (or lack of answers) supporters get. If you want to get involved in CEM, please fill in our ‘get involved’ form.