The run up to a general election next year appears to have begun with recent pronouncements around net zero and climate change. As is the case with most political pronouncements they tell us that what they are suggesting is what the public want but is it? I thought it would be interesting to find out what the general public really think about these issues. One way of doing that is to knock on doors and ask them. Helen Brown, Gordon McKay myself and two other people from Greenpeace did just that last Saturday morning in Marple for the Greenpeaces ‘Project Climate Vote’ campaign to ask them about these issues and if these issues would influence the way they would vote.

There is nothing quite like the personal experience of speaking to the general public on these issues to gauge the general mood and range of views. However, it is not a very scientific survey in terms of sample size and demographic etc. Fortunately, the government’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) have a Public Attitudes Tracker (PAT) that regularly surveys the public using random probability sampling. The latest survey in the summer 2023, on Net Zero and Climate Change DESNZ Public Attitudes Tracker: Net Zero and Climate Change Summer 2023, UK – GOV.UK, was published on September 21st and makes for some interesting reading. It is 21 pages long and covers the topics – Awareness of Net Zero, Attitudes towards Net Zero, Concern about climate change, Behaviours to tackle climate change, Trust in information sources and Attitudes towards climate change. I found all the results very interesting and I have picked out just a couple of the figures below one on ‘Net Zero’ and one on ‘Concern about climate change’. In the report there are another 10 figures covering all the topics mentioned.


Even before the announcements about Rosebank and electric cars etc. you can see in figure 2.4 71% of the population were not confident we would reach Net Zero by 2050 and in figure 3.1 82% were fairly or very concerned about climate change. I wonder if these views of the general public will have a significant influence on the general election results? I hope so for the sake of our life support system, our children and grandchildren and that is why some of us were canvassing last weekend for Greenpeace’s ‘Project Climate Vote’.

If you do not agree with the Prime Minister’s announcements about their climate commitments and would like to tell your local MP the ‘Climate Coalition’ has made it easy for you with a draft letter that you can easily modify here. Use our form. Just fill in your postcode and anything else you would like to add. I know some members of CAM have been so enraged they have already written to their MP.

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The 6th Greater Manchester Green Summit 2023 was on Monday 2nd October at the Lowry. Gordon McKay, Greg Pike and myself went together for the second year running and we all enjoyed it once more. We find it motivational and very good for green networking. The poster below was drawn during the course of the summit and summaries some of the content. I am sure we will be going again next year and hope that some of you will join us.

Greater Manchester Green Summit 2023 Thank you to all our delegates! This link is worth looking at if you did not go as it includes a number of new initiatives and projects that were unveiled at the Green Summit.

We found out at the Greater Manchester Green Summit Andy Burnham and leaders of faith and no faith from our area went to see the Pope to hear about Laudato si’ (24 May 2015) | Francis. It begins with …Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. ….This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.

If you want to know more about this Encyclical letter see the upcoming event below.

Upcoming Events

The 2022 Film ‘The Letter: A message for our Earth’ is being shown on Thursday 12th October at 7.15 at Holy Spirit Church, Leigh Avenue, Marple. Official Trailer | The Letter: Laudato Si Film. The film features the Pope environmental champions from around the world, from different faiths and worldviews. Each represents an unheard voice in conversations on the planetary crisis. These are the voices of the Indigenous, the young, the poor, and wildlife.

From 18:30 to 21:00 Spring Bank Arts Centre, Spring Bank, New Mills SK22 4BH. Book via Eventbrite soon if you want to go as I am sure it will be sold out.

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Taking the ‘fossil fuels’ out of fuel cells. Revolutionary new technology.. From the excellent ‘Just have a Think’ climate channel.