Salford has shown a better performance on climate change compared to other local areas, according to Manchester Friends of the Earth.

The award-winning environmental group, which campaigns on local, national and international issues, hosted a discussion at The Green Fish Resource Centre in Manchester.

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This discussion was open to everyone and was held by Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy and Research at Friends of the Earth. It outlined the UK’s pathway for achieving net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2038 and where local authorities come in.

Mr Childs explained: “If you go on to the Friends of the Earth climate action website, you can find this how climate friendly is your area, put in your postcode and it will pull up a description of the area.”

Salford scored 84 per cent on their climate friendly test, making Salford better than most other local areas.

Mr Childs also discussed the global climate emergency.


Ali Abbas, Manchester Friends of the Earth climate campaigner said: “All local councils however they are performing need to ramp up what they are doing. We know we are facing a climate and ecological emergency that threatens our existence and the natural world. If we want to change things for the better, let’s start at home.

“Creating cleaner and greener places to live means healthier, happier lives. It’s why local authorities in our region need to adopt really ambitious local climate action plans, with help from local communities. And national government needs to get in gear and support and fund local authorities to take action.”

There are many small changes that you can make to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle:

– Use paper less
– Start using a compost bin
– Use more eco-friendly light bulbs
– Unplug appliances when they aren’t being used
– Use less water
– Eat less meat

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