Weekly digest – 2nd December to 8th December 2019 #Manchester

Climate Emergency Manchester works to scrutinise the City Council’s actual action on climate change (as distinct from promises), and to connect people in Manchester who are working for a greener fairer city. The core group has five people. You don’t have to come to meetings to be active, involved, and useful. We give a damn about your development. We will try to do weekly bulletins for a bit. Apologies in advance if we miss something or some weeks. Most bulletins will appear on Sunday or Monday.

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  1. What is coming up in Manchester this week (specifically on climate change)

[NB appearance in this calendar does not reflect the endorsement of Climate Emergency Manchester, or a guarantee of quality.]

Protests and campaigns meetings

Monday 2nd, 6.30pm – 8pm  XR Manchester meeting at the Breadshed. “The meeting will focus on discussing tactics and strategy from XR’s national London action. There will also be an opportunity for working groups or individuals to meet and plan stuff, finishing with the ever-popular open mic for shout-outs and announcements!”

Tuesday 3rd 6pm  WalkRideGM Annual General Meeting. Guests include Chris Boardman. Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St.  Free, but book here

Tuesday 3rd 7.15 Frack Free Greater Manchester campaign meeting, “Join us to find out the latest news on the anti-fracking campaign and how you can help stop fracking in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and across the UK. All welcome! Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE”
More info: Email info@frackfreegtrmanchester.org.uk

Wednesday 4th, 7pm. Manchester Climate Action Organising Meeting,We’re meeting fortnightly now as we get MCA back on its feet at this important time. We’re going to be a link between the old and the new and between groups in Manchester who are looking to find good green activists. We’re also going to be putting an affinity group together  We’re meeting up to chat about
– The Green New Deal and campaigning for it in Manchester
– How we can support XR and Earth First!
– Putting on a fundraiser and social for this cru

Duclimer Bar, 567 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0AE

Sunday 8th, 1-4pm  Coffee Cranks Winter Clothes Swap, WhalleyRange Coffee Cranks Clothes Swap is back! Got a wardrobe full of clothes you don’t wear? Well, trade them in for a revamp Sunday 8th December 1-4pm. There’s a £3 entry to the swap plus £1 for any extra items outside of your swap tally. Bring a maximum of 10 items of clothing. Grab a brew and get swapping! Coffee Cranks Cafe, Alexandra Park, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8PJ


Council meetings – (see calendar here)

  • Six scrutiny committees this week.  However, the Clean Air Plan got pulled from Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny on Wednesday (“purdah”. Yeah. sure).  HOWEVER, tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd December at 10am Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee meets. And on the agenda – consultations.  Here’s more info (and snark) from Manchester Climate Monthly.
  • Date for your diary – Weds 19th December, 10am.  Executive meets. And there will be some kind of report on climate change. How detailed remains to be seen of course….

(Please, never ever go to a Scrutiny Committee on your own, especially your first time. A more alienating and intimidating experience is hard to imagine).

Manchester Friends of the Earth maintains a VERY good calendar on their website (we have pinched stuff for this bulletin!)

You can also sign up for their weekly digests here

2. Recent stuff on/Stuff that will be appearing on the CEM website this coming week

Here are our two recent reports


The Dead Tortoise Society – assessment of Council’s actual climate action (as opposed to bluster and bluff) based on Freedom of Information Act requests

With Love and Rockets – positive suggestions about what the Council (and Joe/Jane Public could do). .

3. Urgent jobs and roles CEM would really like people to take on


  • Contacting your councillors (you can find them here) and ask them what they are doing/planning to do in their wards.
  • Getting us (any one or two of the five of us) invited to speak at your church/mosque/trade union/community group, you name it. We prefer to do interactive workshops, but can also do traditional ‘talk followed by Q and A format if you like.
  • (more jobs coming soon!)


  • Someone who will read the Manchester Evening News everyday and let us know “things that are of interest,” especially if the Council is making claims, or big carbon-intensive infrastructure is being built
  • Someone who will keep an eye on what other cities are doing on climate change (especially but not exclusively UK) and let us know…

If nothing here floats your boat, please email us on climateemergencymanchester@gmail.com

It also really helps us if you fill in our get involved form, which asks what skills and knowledge you have and what you’d like.

4. Brilliant stuff we have read and think you’d like to read too

We cannot cut our losses and accept the ruination of the planet by Australian activist Jeff Sparrow.

This bulletin will evolve (or possibly regress). Make suggestions as you see fit!


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