Ardwick Climate Action started with its founding members, Choel and Gordon...
Sitting at a climate summit in Manchester as local residents, Choel piped up and said, "lets shut down the A6", in front of city officials and other members of the Manchester community. The response was little to nothing, with most in the room dismissing this as impossible.
Gordon however took it seriously. They linked up and began to discuss exactly how you would close the A6. For those of you that do not know, the stretch of A6 this refers to is a key commuter and industry route in and out of the city centre, running from the famous Apollo, to Piccadilly in the city centre.
A few meetings later and with some grit, they had Manchester City Council on board, to cause as much disruption as possible, in a way that had civil service on board.
The event grew and the A6 closure happened on the 2nd October.
The Climate Action Group has just secured major funding following this to continue their important work in the community over the next year...
Ardwick Climate Actions' mission is to protect our local environment through grassroots advocacy that engages the local community.
Our work encompasses the rewilding green spaces, monitoring pollution levels, climate advocacy that serves to benefit the local community and combating legislation counter to our objectives.
We partner with local institutions, leading academics and companies, including The University of Manchester and The Museum of Manchester, to leverage the greatest level of impact through our work.
Ardwick is one of the most deprived areas in Manchester, and much work is needed to re-engage and sensitise the community back to nature and the climate crisis that affects all its residents.
Surrounding the A6, one of Manchester's busiest commuter and transport roads, air pollution has disproportionately affected the area. The City of Manchester is one of the most polluted cities in the UK, seeing over 100 deaths per year attributed to air pollution.
We plan to share our model across the city to champion grassroots activities that encourage meaningful change for good.
In other words, we aim to create a fairer, more equitable place for Ardwick and Brunswick residents, as well as further afield.
The Climate Crisis is now unavoidable. It is down to every single one of us to play our part. We see community action as the main driver and catalyst to making this happen.
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