Piccadilly Gardens in central Manchester, May 2005. Attribtuion: G-Man.
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Keywords Cities, UK cities
Authors Phil Green
Published 2014
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Reduction date 2038
Climate emergency organization Manchester City Council
Climate emergency declaration July 2019
Climate action plan Greater Manchester 5 Year Environment Plan 2019-24

Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county and combined authority area in North West England, with a population of 2.8 million; comprising ten metropolitan boroughs: Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. Greater Manchester was created on 1 April 1974, as a result of the Local Government Act 1972, and designated a functional city region on 1 April 2011. Greater Manchester is formed of parts of the historic counties of Lancashire, Cheshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Greater Manchester spans 493 square miles (1,277 km2), which roughly covers the territory of the Greater Manchester Built-up Area, the second most populous urban area in the UK. Though geographically landlocked, it is connected to the sea by the Manchester Ship Canal which is still open to shipping in Salford and Trafford. Greater Manchester borders the ceremonial counties of Cheshire (to the south-west and south), Derbyshire (to the south-east), West Yorkshire (to the north-east), Lancashire (to the north) and Merseyside (to the west). There is a mix of high-density urban areas, suburbs, semi-rural and rural locations in Greater Manchester, but land use is mostly urban—the product of concentric urbanisation and industrialisation which occurred mostly during the 19th century when the region flourished as the global centre of the cotton industry. It has a focused central business district, formed by Manchester city centre and the adjoining city of Salford and Borough of Trafford, but Greater Manchester is also a polycentric county with ten metropolitan districts, each district is concentrated around a large town or a city (Manchester and Salford being the only cities). These districts contain suburbs, towns and villages for each city and town.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Climate emergency declared in 2019. Manchester aiming to be a zero-carbon city by 2038.

Climate change solutions[edit | edit source]

People Powered Retrofit, retrofit.coop, not-for-profit service for householders in Greater Manchester, offering clear, independent advice. added 12:36, 22 October 2021 (UTC)

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Manchester has six designated Local Nature Reserves which are Chorlton Water Park (Wikipedia), Blackley Forest, Clayton Vale and Chorlton Ees, Ivy Green, Boggart Hole Clough (Wikipedia) and Highfield Country Park (Wikipedia).[1]

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

City of Trees, movement to re-invigorate Greater Manchester's landscape by transforming underused, unloved woodland and planting a tree for every man, woman and child who lives there, within a generation

Red Rose Forest, community forest in western and central Greater Manchester, England. It was founded in 1991 and is expected to take 40 years to develop and mature, with the aim of involving communities in safeguarding and creating a woodland flora for the future, and helping preserve the fast disappearing flora of British woodlands. The population within the Forest boundary amounts to 1.5 million, making it the largest urban community forest in the United Kingdom.

The main aim is to get greenery where people can appreciate it every day. This includes street trees, green roofs and green spaces. Red Rose Forest's Green Streets team works with local communities on unique and innovative greening projects to improve the quality of life for urban communities. The value of greening as a means of tackling a range of social, health and economic issues is huge. Red Rose Forest offers many ways for the people to get involved in their environment including the general public through their Friends of the Forest scheme, businesses through sponsorship and communities through the Green Streets project. W

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

People's Plan, an independent public engagement programme, by and for citizens and civil society of Greater Manchester

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Bee Sustainable, Bury - Carbon Co-op - Community Energy GM, helping community organizations come together and install renewable energy - Halton Lune Hydro - Moss Community Energy - Saddleworth Community Hydro - St John's Sunshine, Old Trafford

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Love Your Bike campaign based in Greater Manchester, co-ordinated by Manchester Friends of the Earth - Critical Mass bicycle rides in Manchester

Blogs

Mad Cycle Lanes of Manchester

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

The Dispensary Full Video
Authors: The Dispensary Salford, Jan 17, 2021

The Dispensary, Salford, thedispensarysalford.com, zero waste shop & community hub also selling fresh fruit and veg. added 08:44, 22 October 2021 (UTC)

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Housing and land[edit | edit source]

  • Who owns the City? The privatisation of public land in Manchester, By Greater Manchester Housing Action, May 10, 2021 [2]

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Recycle for Greater Manchester

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

Steady State Manchester, for local prosperity, justice & ecological safety

Resources

The Viable Economy steadystatemanchester

Resources[edit | edit source]

see separate article: Resources Manchester

News and comment[edit | edit source]

2021

How can cities that rely on consumption recover from the pandemic, while reducing emissions? Here's some good ideas. Mar 24 [3]

2019

Boardman shows path to break cycle of Manchester's car commuter hell, Tanya Aldred, Jan 13 [4]

Local councils heading for fracking showdown with government. Greater Manchester tells firms they are not welcome, Jan 4 [5]

2018

Greater Manchester is set to radically overhaul the way it delivers public services, Nov 29 [6]

Oldham's Community Transformation, Nov 14 [7]

Greater Manchester is setting out its ambitions to become one of the leading green city-regions in the UK and Europe, at today's inaugural Green Summit, Mar 21 [8]

2017

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has announced Chris Boardman as Greater Manchester's first-ever Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Jul 28 [9]

Urban trees breathe life into Salford street, May 17 [10]

Project aims to grow a 'city of trees', Jan 21 [11]

2016

An idea for Manchester's new mayor: let the people decide where the cash goes, Oct 17 [12]

2015

Manchester cycles in Copenhagen's tracks, October 22 [13]

2014

Rochdale Borough starts construction of the UK's 'first publicly owned solar farm', September 22 [14]

2013

How a Manchester co-op is getting the food revolution moving, June 20 [15]

News sources

Platform, The everyday portal for sharing knowledge and intelligence on sustainability across Greater Manchester.


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External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Manchester, Greater Manchester, Manchester Congestion Charge, Greater Manchester Transport Innovation Fund

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