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Just Keeping Warm by Flickr user Carol

Event report: No More Cold Homes

Ricki Unger reports on a recent event to debate fuel poverty, warm homes and an 'energy bill revolution'.

TUC, NUS and UCU demonstration, Manchester, 29th January 2011 by Flickr user Plashing Vole

Poverty Action Group calls for an end to unfair benefits sanctions

Steve Connor reports on the latest call from the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group to rein in cuts that are hitting the poorest, hardest.

Cornerhouse Exterior

Greening Cornerhouse

The Alternative? Beth Perry profiles Cornerhouse, a founding member of Manchester's Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) and details the emergence and growth of its 'green' credentials.

Manchester cleans up its act with 14m windfall

Manchester's new Clean City initiative promises a greener city - but the council needs help from residents and community groups to make that a reality, writes Clare Wiley.

Image of the Brixton Pound Note

The Alternative? Transition Town Bolton and the circular economy

Beth Perry profiles Transition Town Bolton, part of the Transition Towns initiative, and their emphasis on the creation of a circular economy.

Update: Sustainable consumption and production under MACF

An update from the Sustainable Consumption and Production sub-group of Manchester: A Certain Future, focused on two food-related projects that are making good progress.

The Fallowfield Loopline

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles the 21st Century relevance of 19th Century urban infrastructure.

Ancoats Canal Project

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles efforts to revitalize an old industrial infrastructure in Ancoats.

Thinking allowed: values and learning for sustainable futures

In this short essay Tim May examines how, in our dialogue around sustainability, we anaesthetise ourselves against the effects of current actions on the environment because we are not faced with the voices from future generations.

Hough Lane Community Garden

The Alternative? Mike Hodson profiles not 'just another’ community garden. 

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