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IGNITION – steering the way to a greener Greater Manchester

What has the Greater Manchester IGNITION project achieved for the environment so far?

The Future of Your Green Spaces

Alexandra Park was a hive of activity last week as key stakeholders met to discuss innovative new ways to fund and deliver parks and green spaces in Greater Manchester.

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Greater Manchester’s Pilot Scheme to Restore Vital Peatland

A new pathfinding peatland restoration pilot has been launched in Greater Manchester. The programme explains how local stakeholders can work together to improve the condition of English peatlands to help wildlife, people and the planet – now and into the future. 

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Greener City Citizen Survey

The RHS, Groundwork and City of Trees are working together to ask everyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in Greater Manchester to share their thoughts with the project by filling in a short survey.  

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Greater Manchester Birding City Region Book

Book available now, online and free On Borrowbox via Greater Manchester Libraries.

Manchester's Climate Change Call to Action

The 8th July saw the release of the 7th report on how the city is performing against its carbon emission reduction targets, and the annual Manchester Climate Change Conference 2019 at the University of Manchester. 

The conference looked at the progress the city is already making towards these targets, and crucially helped the evening’s delegates answer the questions – are we on track to meet the zero carbon 2038 target, what next for the city, and what can I do?

Discovering Manchester’s wild side

Manchester is going wild – and setting the standard for cities all over the United Kingdom.

With its rivers, canals, parks and trees, Manchester is a magnet to all sorts of creatures which go unnoticed by many people living and working there. Urban nature lovers will no longer have to look exclusively to the countryside for their nature kicks, when they realise there is wonderful wildlife bounding all around them.

Greater Manchester Produces First City Region-Wide Ecosystem Services Opportunity Mapping Tool

The first city region-wide Ecosystem Services Opportunity Mapping Tool was launched as part of the Mayors Green Summit in March and provides a valuable resource for funders, policy-makers, project developers, partnerships and infrastructure planners to inform and support their decisions on the protection of the natural environment and investment projects.

Delivering on the Natural Environment through the 5 Year Environment Plan

We face major environmental challenges that threaten the health and prosperity of our region. Greater Manchester is taking action with the 5-Year Environment Plan, to be launched at the Mayors Green Summit on 25th March.

The plan sets out our long-term environmental vision – to be carbon neutral by 2038 – and the urgent actions we all need to take in the next 5 years to help achieve this. It is the outcome 12-months consultation and collaboration with all parts of the Greater Manchester family and the Summit is an opportunity to galvanise this commitment and unify our actions.

MESS launch Climate Crisis event

MESS (Marple, Mellor and Marple Bridge Energy Saving Strategy) originated nine years ago to promote energy saving measures. We've also ventured into 'Incredible Edible', set up a Community Orchard and recently campaigned on plastic waste.

Since the 2018 Green Summit and the subsequent release of 'Springboard to a Green City Region' we've decided that our most important role must be to raise a greater awareness in our communities of the existential threat posed by climate change, explain how societal change can mitigate the threat and promote the environmental ambitions of GMCA.

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