Galvanised by Manchester’s ambition to be a zero carbon city by 2038, in February, the Manchester Cultural Leader’s Group hosted a summit at which MAST (Manchester Arts Sustainability Team) presented a zero carbon action plan and Manchester City Council its plans to incorporate climate action into the city’s cultural investment programme. The Manchester Cultural Leaders’ Summit marked a significant moment for culture and climate in the city. The Cultural Leaders’ Group has made the climate crisis one of two priorities with Esme Ward of Manchester Museum appointed to take the work forward in collaboration with MAST.
Having worked with MAST since its formation nearly a decade ago and more recently with the city council through C-Change – a project funded by the EU’s Urbact Programme – we are thrilled to see this latest demonstration of Manchester’s commitment to creative climate action and to have played a part in helping them to get there. Through the Arts Council England Accelerator programme, Julie’s Bicycle has helped MAST to develop its zero carbon action plan whilst via the ACE Spotlight programme we are working with individual MAST members to develop zero carbon roadmaps for their buildings. Through C-Change, Julie’s Bicycle is helping five European cities adopt a similar approach to Manchester whilst helping Manchester to strengthen its own approach. We have just started working with the City Council on how to integrate climate action into its cultural investment programme.