A citywide campaign highlighting positive actions being taken in Manchester to tackle climate change and how residents and businesses can get involved was launched this month.

Manchester has a target of becoming zero carbon by 2038 at the latest, playing its full part in the international effort required to cut carbon emissions, as well as working to reduce and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Step Up For Zero Carbon showcases some of the inspiring projects already being undertaken in the city by members of Manchester’s Climate Change Partnership and helping people learn how they can take their own steps to support the city’s collective mission. 

Anyone interested in stepping up can visit www.manchesterclimate.com/zerocarbon for more information and tips. 

The campaign focuses on seven key themes, kicking off with the benefits of repairing and reusing items – highlighting the work of the In Our Nature initiative with community groups on everything from IT repair cafes to sewing workshops and clothes swaps – and the work the Council is doing to green the city through tree planting. 

The other themes are single use plastic reduction; buildings (low and zero carbon new build and retrofitting existing properties); renewable energy, active travel and zero carbon investment. 

Making full use of free advertising space available to Manchester City Council through its out of home advertising partnerships with Ocean and JC Decaux, the campaign will feature on 115 digital screens in prominent locations in the city centre and along major road routes across the city. 

Posters are also being shared with venues such as community centres and libraries and toolkits are being shared with schools spread the message. 

Further phases of the Manchester Climate Change Partnership campaign will take place this summer and autumn. 

Samantha Nicholson, Director of Manchester Climate Change Agency, said: “Urgent action needs to be taken by everyone if Manchester is to achieve its goal of becoming zero carbon by 2038 at the latest. 

“The city needs to come together as one and that’s what Manchester’s Climate Change Partnership and this campaign are all about. It’s showing what is possible and at the same time we hope it will encourage even more Manchester people and businesses to take their own bold climate actions. 

Manchester Climate Change Partnership brings together organisations from across the city’s public, private, community, faith, health, culture and academic sectors which share the common goal of combatting climate change. 

Any business or other organisation interested in joining Manchester Climate Change Partnership should visit www.manchesterclimate.com/join-the-partnership

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