Category Archives: environment

The Mayor’s Green Summit: a balance sheet.

updated: 28 March, 2018 Also published, 7/4/18 by The Meteor: http://www.themeteor.org/2018/04/07/2245/ I attended the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Green City Summit on 21 March: here is a quick review.   The event was, as you’d expect, a mixed bag, with good and … Continue reading

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Practical degrowth for Labour

The article below is a slightly longer version of the piece published on the SERA (Labour Environment Campaign) website on 17 December, 2017.  See also this piece, also by Mark, which was  carried on the Left Foot Forward website, in … Continue reading

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Community wealth building: resources for a new dawn or for a better collapse?

This post has also been published as “Launch: Community Wealth Building” on the Stir to Action blog. I attended a launch event for the new issue of Stir magazine. In case you don’t know it, Stir is a great source for thinking and … Continue reading

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Unpacking how community business could make Greater Manchester’s economy more viable

May’s Café Conversation was held on 17.5.17 at Methodist Hall, Manchester. 15 people took part in a highly engaged, enthusiastic, structured discussion as part of Steady State Manchester (SSM) working on its journey on how to practically envision a shift … Continue reading

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Living within limits to Growth: How?

Living within limits to Growth – how do we do it? Talk given by Mark H Burton, Steady State Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, 6 May, 2017. Here are the notes and illustrations used in this talk.  It covers the following … Continue reading

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Greater Manchester Garden City – a viable alternative?

Conversation event:  Greater Manchester Garden City – a viable alternative? Thursday 2 March, 6.30pm, Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester.   Book via EventBrite We’ll be showing Tom Bliss’s film that reviewed the Garden City concept and suggested applying it retrospectively … Continue reading

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Murderous economy

In Honduras last week, another environmental campaigner was murdered. This time there was some international coverage: her photo even appeared on the front page of the Guardian. But though she was clearly an outstanding leader, who inspired many who met … Continue reading

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Greater Manchester Spatial Framework: another strategy flawed by “growth”

We have commented, just in time for the consultation deadline, on Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Draft Spatial Framework.  The Spatial Framework is a strategy document that concerns land-use, and in this case it is concerned largely with housing and industrial … Continue reading

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