Blog: A buzzing Sustainability Festival at Manchester Metropolitan University

The yarn bombing stall with my neighbour, Elaine Bishop

I really enjoyed this packed day with speakers and a wide range of stalls, many of them from the Manchester area.  I’d like to share some of their amazing and positive work with you.

The Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability (SES) at MMU –   my teaching home – which organised the day had a stall with information about the new Masters in Management and Sustainability and other courses in the Department. Students from the very first year had a poster display and shared their sustainably research projects.

Local community projects in my home neighbourhood of Rusholme were well represented. Neighbouring my stall introducing Journeys to Hopeful Futures: a Handbook was a beautiful yarn bombing stall mounted by neighbours from my home street. Next along were the In Our Nature in Rusholme and the Friends of Platt Fields Park voluntary groups with their projects on biodiversity and trees. Across from us was the Manchester Education Environmental Network and children from two local schools.

There were an amazing number of interesting stalls.  Luke Rowson represented Perfect Sense Energy and talked of the huge shift to solar which the company is spear heading. Helen Hill from Be The Future with her eco business was present with her exciting range of books on green and fun themes for children. The Better Business Network champions businesses to go green and sought new members. Local NGOs Friends of the Earth  and Amnesty International were encouraging local environmental  and human rights. The Manchester Care and Repair organisation had a stall spreading the news of their work to help people stay independent at home.

It was a happy and inspiring event, bringing together many different people who cared passionately about the environment.  Thanks to the members of the Staff Student Sustainability Group in SES who organised the event. Here’s to next year!

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