What CEM is up to?
Last week Climate Emergency Manchester’s Marc Hudson and Chloe Jeffries attended climate emergency meetings in Moss Side and Chorlton respectively. Both were interesting (and even occasionally inspiring). Their reports are here and here. The big questions remain – (how) will these ideas be accepted and implemented by the City Council’s leadership, which has thus far been uninterested in engaging with new ideas. Where is the money going to come from? And, also, what is happening in other 30 wards? (well, 29 – Chorlton Park is doing stuff too).
Are public meetings happening? Are councillors inviting interested people to attend who are not in the charmed circle of ‘reliable’ people? If you know of other meetings, let us know. You could always contact your councillors and ask them what they are up to?
On Saturday 26th we had our first Away Day, and got much greater clarity on what we are aiming for, how we intend to do it, how we can support other groups and individuals. We are always keen to have new people get involved, at whatever frequency/depth they want. We need graphic designers, researchers, writers, Facebookers and well, just citizens– people who want their city to do more, faster, and are willing to engage constructively with elected politicians to make this more likely. You can contact us at email@example.com
So, below is what is coming up this week (see also our calendar and Friends of the Earth’s too.
Monday 27th, 6.30pm – XR Manchester meeting Self Organising Systems (SOS!) – what are the needs of individuals and groups in a system and how do we meet them? Practical workshop – come and get involved ! New venue – The Old Bank Residency.
Mon 27 Jan: Fossil Free Greater Manchester meeting, Green Fish
Join us to find out the latest news on the Fossil Free Greater Manchester campaign and how you can help persuade the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to divest the £2+ billion it holds in fossil fuel companies. All welcome!
When: 7pm – 8.30pm, Monday 27th January
Where: Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE
More info: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu 30 Jan: Atmosfear: Communicating the Effects of Climate Change on Extreme Weather, Tyndall Centre
Tyndall Manchester invite you to attend the next talk in our seminar series ‘Atmosfear: Communicating the Effects of Climate Change on Extreme Weather’ by Professor David Schultz Where: Room C21, in the Pariser Building on Sackville Street– number 12 on the map.
30 Jan 12.30-13.30 UCU Environment Group Planning Meeting
– Room 6.207 in University Place
Thu 30 Jan, 6.30: Climate Justice // Workplace By Workplace // Town By Town, Methodist Central Hall
The situation seems bleak. Vast wildfires continue to rage across Australia decimating landscapes, wildlife and neighbourhoods. Jakarta is seeing extreme flooding and a rising death toll. Here in the UK our hopes to tackle the climate crisis through government action and a Green New Deal were dashed by the Tory landslide.
Where: Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ
Latest details on Facebook event page
Fri 31 Jan: Manchester Fridays for Future
When: 12noon – 2pm, Friday 31st January
Where: St Peter’s Square, Manchester City Centre
Latest details on Facebook event page
Fri 31 Jan: Before the Flood: Film night, Coffee Cranks Cafe
Before the Flood, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, to witness climate change firsthand. He presents an account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet.
When: 7pm, Friday 31st January
Where: Coffee Cranks Cafe, Alexandra Park, Whalley Range, Manchester
More info: Latest details on Facebook event page
Saturday 1st February XR ‘DNA’ training This highly-recommended full-day training on Saturday 1st Feb seeks to share and explore what is distinctive about Extinction Rebellion. The workshop is full of useful exercises, discussion and techniques and is broken into three parts – XR’s story; XR’s strategy and XR’s structure. The sessions will lead by rebels Robin Boardman, Skeena Rathor and Blythe Pepino (who is also founder of BirthStrike and lead singer of Mesadorm) – the trio can host up to 70 rebels and there are still a few spots left.
Dates for your diary (next week)
Weds Feb 5th 1pm – Waterhouse pub (the Wetherspoons on Princes St)
Pre-meeting ahead of the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee at 2pm (at which the Zero Carbon Framework 2020-2038 will be scrutinised)
Thurs Feb 13th 7pm to 9pm Launch of “Manchester City Council and Climate Change for beginners” – latest report of Climate Emergency Manchester plus one or two other surprises… Venue to be confirmed, but will be city centre-ish.