Steady State Manchester projects include undertaking inter-disciplinary research, writing and producing publications, communicating through informative blog posts, representing Steady State Manchester through membership of groups, networks and forums across Greater Manchester, holding events and workshops, making presentations, lobbying and advocating around steady state, the viable economy and other relevant themes/issues.
SSM Reading Group. This is an open reading group but to attend and get the links to the reading material, you have to book via Event Brite. You need to book for each session. SSM members get early bird notice.
November: Retrofitting Suburbia (on redesigning our cities) (blog reporting on the discussion to be posted on our main page shortly)
January, 2019: What will it take to keep within 1.5°C?
Wed, January 23, 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Global warming is a serious threat to all of us and even more to those who are younger. To stay within minimally safe limits (1.5 or 2 degrees C) there is only a certain amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that can be emitted. This is known as a carbon budget. For Greater Manchester it is 113 Megatonnes of CO2 equivalent (for 2 degrees). For the city of Manchester it is 15 Megatonnes. At current rates of emissions, Manchester would use up its share in between 4 and 10 years.
We’ll be looking at a recent article that explores the possible pathways to net zero emissions. While most of the scenarios from the International Committee on Climate Change (IPCC) suggest overshooting the budget and then sucking CO2 back out of the atmosphere (using technology that has yet to be demonstrated at sufficient scale), this article suggests that “alternatives including lifestyle changes, agricultural intensification and lab-grown meat, as well as an even more rapid adoption of renewables and energy efficiency. Some of these have tended to be excluded from the conversation, because they are hard for scientists to model.”
Booking is necessary via this link: on signing up we’ll send you links to the reading for the discussion which include the scientific article and a more accessible summary. We also ask that if, having booked, you find that you can’t come, or maybe this isn’t for you, then you let us know so you don’t hog one of the limited places.
February: The economic drivers of biodiversity loss.
Tuesday, 12 February. Book via this Eventbrite link
We’ll be discussing a recent Greenhouse Think Tank paper by Victor Anderson, “The Real Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” which looks at the “real drivers” of biodiversity loss and ecosystem destruction.
The issues discussed in the article are important in our own Greater Manchester context, where, for example, the redrafted Greater Manchester Spatial Framework now hopefully called “Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment” aims to boost the Greater Manchester economy, its population, workplaces and homes, reducing green space by 9 sq. miles, but nevertheless “provide stronger protection for our important environmental assets”.
At our session we will discuss what causes damage to biodiversity and the ecosystem more generally and the dilemmas that arise in pursuing a society and economy that is viable, socially, economically and ecologically.
The primary aim of the session is to increase our collective understanding of a key issue in viable economics. Discussion may lead to further work and action by SSM.
Booking is necessary: on signing up we’ll send you links to the reading for the discussion. We also ask that if, having booked, you find that you can’t come, or maybe this isn’t for you, then you let us know so you don’t hog one of the limited places.
Book via this Eventbrite link
If there are topics you’d like to see covered by future reading group sessions, then do let us have your suggestions.