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Perspectives essay: making the case for a people-centred approach to sustainability in Greater Manchester

In this essay, the Director of Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO), Alex Whinnom, argues that if Greater Manchester is to be a sustainable city it needs to address a number of key challenges, the biggest of which is to involve all citizens in discussing and developing a shared perspective of what sustainability means -- what it might look like, why it is important and how it can be achieved.

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.

Sustainable Stories - with the children of Temple Primary School

This article features the work of the pupils of Temple Primary School, Manchester, which was part of the Sustainable Stories interactive exhibition staged at CUBE. The aim of the exhibition was to share and provoke discussions about the future of Greater Manchester. Its aim was to engage the public in a shared conversation about challenges, issues and solutions to make Greater Manchester more sustainable.

Perspectives Essay: Creating Sustainable Communities

In this essay, Alison Surtees argues that we need to work together differently if we want to create sustainable communities. A balance has to be struck between economics (who pays), ecology (impact on environment) and society (communities); and everyone (communities, the public, private and third sector) has to be involved, bringing their expertise in each area to ensure collective ownership.

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.

A lightbulb moment? The evidence base informing the GM Climate Change Strategy

A selection of links and online areas that helped underpin the drafting of Greater Manchester's Climate Change Strategy in 2012.

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.

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.

Evolutionary justice across England's Northwest

From the archives: When the land is neglected, communities fragment and when our natural capital is plundered, regional partnerships stand ready to step in and help communities to helpthemselves, through environmental improvement. Originally published in Industrial Evolution in 2002.

 

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