A round up from the Energise Weekender!

With April showers and glorious afternoon sunshine, we celebrated our community, learnt about justice issues and got involved with hands on workshops.

The atmosphere at Hulme Community Garden Centre was really something special. Images speak louder than words, so check out photo's below for more.

Audio recordings of the discussions in the Yard theatre can be found here.

Thanks again to all our volunteers, workshop leaders, speakers, performers, designers (Fieldwork) Tibetan Kitchen, Moss Cider, Envirolution, Hulme Community Garden Centre and the Big Lottery. Without you we wouldn't have been able to make the weekend such a success.

A full programme is on www.energise-mcr.info If you'd like to get in touch with any of the acts get in touch on info@carbon.coop.

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Three Acres and A Cow kicked off the weekend with an enthralling performance taking us through the history of the UK's land rights. From the enclosures to fracking, we learnt that contemporary movements for land rights have a long and hard fought history.

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Saturday at the garden centre was a day of dynamic weather!


Open Voices choir kicked off the day with an exuberant performance!


The festival soon filled up with families, the young and old.


Workshops in the polytunnel, involved craft, debate, and lots of learning!



The Carbon Co-op caravan where the public could get quality energy advice from Carbon Co-op members.

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DIY space - solar panel making workshop.


DIY space - learning about how to DIY retrofit!


A bustling Little Folk space for kids of all ages to come and play and learn about food, energy and...

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...how to drop our gendered body images! This is our Carlos preparing for his workshop 'Body image, real love and self confidence workshop for under 10s'.


We had performances from The Happy Soul, Elle Mary and her Bad Men, Granfalloon, Louis Barrabas, Don Hartley and more...

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Women and Asylum Seekers Together Choir sung beautifully about their experiences as asylum seekers in the UK.


KSR an upcoming local talent sings soulfully about love and heartbreak.


Quiet Loner sings beautifully.


Our enigmatic compare Carrie!


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A facinating Retrofit Question Time talking about ventilation, wall insulation and how to best spend on retrofit.  See our podcasts if you missed this and want to catch up.

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George Marshall talking about to communicate about climate change to those from different perspectives.

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We hosted a debate on new populism and how to talk to people we disagree with. We had important and difficult conversations about how to relate to others about environment issues in a time when our society is becoming increasing polarised.


Our wonderful Carbon Co-op stall volunteers!


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On Sunday we hosted a bus tour of two eco homes. Cordata Housing Co-op in Withington who have implemented a wide range of measures. This photo shows external wall insulation on their back wall.

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We visited Andy's home up in Rossendale. A beautiful and idyllic spot, with Andy taking us through the extensive improvement works he have been working on!


Thanks again to our absolutely ace volunteers! Without you we couldn't have pulled it off!