On Tuesday 14th February, Joe and I (both interns at MCCA) cycled 5 miles west through the chilly morning air of Manchester until in all its grandeur Old Trafford stadium, home to Manchester United FC (MUFC), came into our sights. No, Joe and I weren’t there to watch a football match, we had come to represent MCCA at an event hosted by the MU Foundation promoting the club’s #RedsGoGreen campaign and the #ShowTheLove campaign.
Recently, you will have witnessed a vegetable frenzy across the UK. For the last month, supermarkets and stores nationwide have been rationing a variety of vegetables such as lettuce, courgettes, aubergines and others… a vegan’s nightmare!
As an aspiring green city, Manchester is beginning to thrive with eco-friendly initiatives and sustainable, ethical businesses. Environmentally friendly restaurants are popping up throughout the city and here are a few to try….
In December 2013, bee lovers rejoiced as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) imposed a 2-year temporary ban which is still in place on three neonicotinoid pesticides believed to be killing off millions of the continent’s bees.
As a city, we are striving to reduce our carbon emissions and limit the effects of climate change both locally and around the World. In our Manchester Climate Change Strategy, we discuss our vision of decreasing the use of fossil fuels in the city and moving to sustainable living. Here are a few other cities around the world who are also doing their best to be kind to the planet:
Sometimes it feels like there’s little we can do to put a stop the inevitable changes that are evolving throughout our planet. It feels as though the choices we make to better our lives and our city are so minute they couldn’t possibly be contributing to something bigger than our own little world. The truth is, every small choice we make can have a significant impact on carbon emissions and therefore the climate. Driving less, attempting vegetarianism, switching gadgets off, recycling; it seems the answer to one of the world’s biggest problems is right in front of our noses.
Uni-Cycle is a social enterprise, non-profit organisation based on the University of Manchester’s Owen’s Park Campus. Hannah, an ex-student, was motivated to set up Uni-Cycle following time volunteering on MMU’s Zero Waste Project, where she witnessed the sheer scale of how much unnecessary waste is created by students and the local community. It was her mentor who told her to ‘Go for it, what is the worst that could happen?’ that motivated her to start the organisation.
On Tuesday 10th January 2017, Professor Kevin Anderson, a professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester and deputy director of the Tyndall Centre, delivered a robust and compelling lecture entitled Accelerating towards Paris: how informed hope and action can trump despair hosted by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) at the Manchester Friends of the Earth House building.