A round up from the Energise Weekender

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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.

Thanks again to all our volunteers, workshop leaders, staff members, 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.

LISTEN to audio recordings of:

  • Effective Climate Communication with George Marshall
  • New Populism – Threat or Opportunity?
  • Retrofit Question Time
  • Carbon Co-op AGM

The photos!

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.

Three Acres and A Cow

Our brilliant host Carrie getting the choi ready for our first performance of the day.

compare and choir

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

stage at energise

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

Guests walking


Energise stand

Peer support and advice at the Carbon Co-op caravan…

sign carbon co-op caravan

energy advice in caravan

Make your own solar panels and DIY retrofit workshops in our Do-It-Yourself space!

solar panel making

tutor in diy retrofit workshop

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

matt hill performing

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

WAST singing

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

KS Rooservelt singing

 Louis Barrabas

Workshops and films in The Yard included a Retrofit Question Time, George Marshall talking about climate communitation and a debate on new populism and how to talk to people we disagree with.


retrofit question time

george marshall speaking

speakers at debate

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


People waiting to get on a bus

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.

external wall insulation cordata housing co-op

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.

eco home tour

Thank you again to everyone that supported us to make this event happen!

Decoration at energise