On Wednesday 18 November the Executive Manchester City Council will adopt a 64 page plan about Climate Change. The document, called “Manchester. A Certain Future. Our co2llective action on climate change” has been months in the making. Written by a mix of council officers, academics, activists and business people, it lays out a bold vision (if you ignore the existence of a whopping great international airport) of how Mancunians will be living, moving, working, growing and adapting by 2020. It’s freely downloadable and far more readable than the notorious “Call to Action” of January. Wednesday’s meeting is open to the public, and starts at 10am, in the Council Chamber, level 3 of the Town Hall Extension.
On the subject of Certain Futures, MCFly sees two racing certainties;
a) Climate Change is going to hit us in ways we haven’t yet considered, and quicker than most people think. Many Mancunians are in for a rude awakening.
b) Without relentless, imaginative and constructive pressure on the City Council and its partners, (and the other Greater Manchester councils) then infighting, apathy, despair and bureaucratic inertia will sap the momentum gained over the last year.
That pressure needs numbers. Not a single one of the existing climate campaigning groups is doing a particularly good job of enthusing newcomers and keeping them involved – every group has a core of usual suspects and many new faces who are replaced by still newer faces within a couple of months. On climate change, Manchester City Council has started to change how it works. Maybe the ‘activists’ need to do the same.