What we are doing (calendar)

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 events      Other events of interest 

SSM events

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.

Other events of interest


30 January:   Climate Action Networking Social
Organised by the newly launched Greater Manchester Climate Action Network in partnership with climate activist groups from around the region.

Do you want to make a positive difference in your community?
Do you care about climate change?
Then join us for food, drinks, and an exciting evening to learn about climate change activism happening in your backyard!

Patagonia shop, Cross St, from 7.  More details and Eventbrite booking page.

31 January: Whose knowledge matters? Workshop on citizen contributions to spatial planning

Thursday, January 31, 2019 – 18:00 to 20:00
Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House Chorlton Mill 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY
As community groups, campaigners and concerned citizens we have a lot to say about the plans that councils and developers have for where we live and work. But how good are the makers of plans, proposals and consultations at listening to, and hearing our voices and making effective use of the particular knowledge and experience that we can contribute?

This workshop is for people campaigning on planning issues and we are particularly interested in experiences in trying to  influence plans, proposals, consultations and decisions about local planning issues.   For a full description and information on how to book, follow this link.


Better Buses Public Meeting: Wed, February 6.

Fight the Fat Cats – Let’s win better buses for Greater Manchester

Our buses in Greater Manchester are not working currently. It’s a wild west where companies do what they like.

Come to our first public meeting to find out more about how we can win, and join the campaign to take action for better buses.

With Jennifer Williams of Manchester Evening News chairing the panel, hear short talks from Neil McInroy, CEO of CLES, John Hughes, Councillor, Bus Driver and Unite rep, Helen, Rimmer, Friends of the Earth, Fatima Abid, General Secretary of the University of Manchester’s Student Union as well as Luke Raikes, Senior Researcher at IPPR North.

There will be snacks, time to meet others from your local area and feel free to bring the kids.

We have a huge opportunity to make our buses better over the next year. Come along to join the fight against the fat cats!


Wed, February 6, 2019 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM –  Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3JL 





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