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Perspectives Essay: Manchester – A Sustainable Future

In this Perspectives Essay, the Leader of Manchester City Council, Richard Leese, argues that for the foreseeable future a healthy, sustainable future for Manchester and, by association, Greater Manchester depends on maintaining a growth trajectory. This is not growth at any cost. The city should continue to be capable of sustaining human life in a socially acceptable and civilised way. Drawing on evidence from the city’s recent history of urban development, he concludes that Manchester is going in the right direction, and that the city-region is taking the right approach, building consensus and taking people with it, but that the pace of change needs to quicken.

Transformation, adaptation & competitive advantage - The GM Climate Change Strategy

Approved by the AGMA Executive Board on 29th July 2011, the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy sets out how we aim to reduce direct carbon dioxide emissions by an ambitious 48% by 2020 - a target 14% above compliance with the UK Government Target, competitive with international practice! The implementation plan for the strategy 2012-14 provides the context for current work.

Turning the plan into action - implementing the GM Climate Change Strategy

What value is a plan if it doesn't lead to action? Influenced by stakeholders, compilation of a GM project database and the consideration of priorities and programme targets, the GM Climate Change Strategy Implementation Plan puts in place attainable levels of activity and targets to ensure Greater Manchester tackle the opportunities and challenges presented by climate change for the period up to 2020.

Climate change adaptation in Greater Manchester - the opportunities, the threats

If Greater Manchester fails to adapt, unavoidable climate change could lead to a potential loss of £20 billion to the economy, according to the latest research.

Keeping up to date on the Low Carbon Hub

Responsible for piloting emerging Government low carbon policies, energy supply and demand initiatives, & developing and putting in place the delivery arrangements for Greater Manchester's Climate Change Strategy and other environmental priorities, the Low Carbon Hub aims to provide a 'one-stop-shop' on the low carbon agenda in Greater Manchester.  The Hub Board meets four times per year and steers five thematic and two cross-cutting sub groups, to progress our priorities.  

Wealthier, healthier cities

A new report from CDP, AECOM & the C40 network of climate cities shows that tackling your city's greenhouse gas emissions has a payback in terms of health and the local economy, too.

Perspectives Essay: Knowledge for Sustainability

How can we achieve true sustainability in Greater Manchester? The central theme of Caroline Downey's essay is that the individualistic, economic growth paradigm has not worked, cannot work, and is threatening our very existence. Without a fundamental shift in governance and ideology, a sustainable future for humans is difficult to imagine.

Perspectives Essay: The Upwards Spiral or the Long Descent?

In Greater Manchester, growth is the zeitgeist, consumerism the culture, business as usual the norm and climate armageddon the inevitable destination. However, this very personal perspective from Walter Menzies concludes with a positive proposal.

Hulme: Off the Critical List

From the archive: Beth Perry and Alan Harding argue that Hulme in Manchester may have come out of intensive care, but to be truly considered a success story, it must deliver well-being to all its residents. Originally published in New Start magazine, 24 January 2003.

The new white shirts: corporate social responsibility

From the archives: In New White Shirts (first published in IE in 2002), Michael Taylor looks at the businesses that are fundamentally changing the way in which they work, incorporating corporate social responsibility into the heart of their operations. Additional interviews by Steve Connor.

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