2 months ago
Which of the following actions have you done or are you currently doing?
• Switched to a renewable energy supplier
• Insulated my homes loft space and walls (cavity walls)
• I drive less and cycle or walk more
• I have bought an Electric Vehicle or Hybrid car
• I choose not to fly as often
• I work from home more and commute less
• I eat less meat and dairy products
• I buy food in season in the UK
• I buy locally sourced foods where available
• I try not to to waste food
• I eat more plant based foods
• I recycle waste
• I buy less stuff less often
• I buy fewer clothes and make them last longer
• I buy eco and or ethical brands
• I prefer to repair things when needed
• I avoid single-use plastic
• Made a home for nature by planting for bees and wildlife.
• Grown plants and food and left green spaces.
• Protected existing green spaces
• Got involved in national nature or wildlife campaigns, like City of Trees, RSPB or National Trust
• Got involved in local campaigns like In Our Nature
• I talk to others about climate change and asking what we can all do
• I ask my local councillor and or politicians what they are doing
• I have learned about the climate emergency
• I have joined a national or local campaign group
What are the key barriers stopping you doing more of this/these? Please select the top 2.
• Policy barriers – knowing if and how I can change or influence local or national policy. Do local policies and regulations (whether local, regional, and national) prevent you from delivering actions?
What more support do you need to act on climate change?
Getting politicians to value wellbeing above money making schemes and glory projects
How do you think climate change will impact you most in Manchester?
Damage weather patterns
Problems with food availability
Do you think climate change will affect your home, or work or family?
Do you feel worried about future impacts of climate change in your local area?
Yes, very worried
Overall, what do you think about our aim to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2025?
Why do you feel this way?
I dint believe the authorities are taking necessary actions or that enough people care
3 months ago
• Physical barriers – changing things physically in my neighbourhood or area such as cycleways or pedestrianised roads. Does a lack of appropriate technology or local facilities prevent you from acting?
• Lifestyle barriers – time and ease of acting in my everyday life. Do your current obligations and routine prevent you from doing more?
Issues when living in the private rented sector include, not being able to get a smart meter installed because the letting agent won't allow it, not using energy saving bulbs because the letting agent won't change the fuse in the sockets.
Buying single waste plastic is difficult in shops, especially with multipacks of snacks such as crisps or chocolate
There is no green space, so much more likelihood of flooding and poor mental health given lack of green space to enjoy in good weather. Lots of big industrial buildings so can feel dark on gloomy days.
Good target seems ambitious
Do you have any other comments?
Manchester is approving more car parks and more buildings where there could be parks and open green space, it's really disheartening.
• Social barriers – understanding what is required and that everyone understands, thinks the same and prioritises action. Are there big barriers preventing action and is there buy-in from the community?
High poverty levels mean being eco friendly is not the first thing many people are thinking about. In Bolton alone the community litter pickers face an uphill battle to stay on top of litter, and the guerilla Gardeners try to help develop and maintain green spaces for the community, but it is the same places that need clearing time and time again. Over 300 bags have been cleared since 1st January by the litter pickers of Bolton West alone. Fly tipping has hugely increased. Poorer communities need more support. For example, Morrisons on Chorley Old Road in Bolton is a persistently bad problem for litter, and rats are commonplace. More pressure should be applied to ensure that any size of business is responsible for maintenance of their grounds to keep it clean and tidy for local residents.
Efforts to reduce air pollution but no corresponding improvements in provision of public transport, or alternative travel.
Schemes are being aimed at reducing impacts of climate change first, and then projects to improve alternatives are not getting the funding they need, creating frustration and resistance from the communities you are trying to engage.
Levelling up funds, community infrastructure improvements, cycle parking facilities are all desperately needed. Long term planning is needed to project where future infrastructure pinch points might be as demand for housing is met by new developments.
Environmental projects are few and far between, and some small community volunteer projects don't get any financial support at all. Improved collaboration between charities, volunteer projects, and communities is needed to ensure all stakeholders are involved.
Better communication is also needed, far too few people know that these questionnaires and consultations exist. Better visibility from local councillors and MPs on social media to share these with their local community may well improve uptake with the local people who have knowledge about their area.
Improved engagement between departments is needed, improved collaborative working should allow pooling of resources. Private companies and businesses need holding to account for environmental issues such as allowing litter build up, food dumping etc.
Public sector services like social housing providers also need to be held accountable for allowing continual littering by a small number of tenants, and also to make it easier to undertake community gardens in these areas.
Do you have a question you’d like to ask us?
What plans are in place for projects like regreening of city/town centres (eg greening of rooves of bus stops) maintenance of council owned green spaces so communities can use and enjoy them? In Bolton, Himalayan Balsm is rampant in many areas, along with Chinese bramble etc. These green areas become overgrown and used less and less, which then gets used against the area when it comes to planning and new developments, leading to more loss of green belt and green spaces.
4 months ago
• I am a vegan
We need more opportunities within society to be more sustainable and to protect our environment. One big thing for me is the lack of easily accessible recycling bins in the block of flats I live in, which includes a compost bin. I’d love to properly recycle all my waste in and out of my home but the facilities across the city aren’t good enough
Poor air quality is the first, next will be the societal collapse which will occur once everything is slowly effected by climate change from supply chains to food availability.
Glad that’s it’s a focus but doubtful that it’ll be achieved as most targets made by government and large bodies are hardly ever met as it’s all talk and no do
Keep up the good work :)
• Installed solar panels to generate electricity
A coherent policy that gives confidence that climate emergency is being acted upon. Given many of the local residents in my neighbourhood-M21 7NE do not even recycle their domestic waste properly I fear the will to tackle these problems by the community is lacking.
Flooding and health emergencies from pollution to heat stroke.
I think it lacks ambition.