Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) have unveiled a campaign to encourage individuals and businesses to take small actions to support environmental protection in the city-region.
GMCA is partnering with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Natural England, Royal Horticultural Society, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and United Utilities to deliver the campaign, featuring a toolkit of resources to encourage and inspire residents and organisations to lead change in environmental protection.
The campaign was launched at the GMCA’s Natural Capital Group conference, attended by delegates from a range of sectors including the environment, health, planning and transport. The conference also discussed other environmental work going on in the city-region, and how different stakeholders can be involved.
Greater Manchester’s Lead for Green City Region, Cllr Andrew Western, said:
This is an innovative new campaign showcasing how we can all do our bit to help the environment.
“In Greater Manchester we are always looking at how we can do things differently and it is really encouraging to see so many partners working together on this project to ensure we can have as much of an impact as possible.
“It is set to launch properly in spring this year and I look forward to sharing more details and information in the very near future.”
Tony Juniper Chair of Natural England, also spoke at the event, sharing the success of the Natural Capital Group in Greater Manchester. He said:
This was a really positive conference, underlining the power of collaboration between different organisations and sectors. If we are to have any chance at all of halting and reversing the ecological decline that is now so evident, it will be via partnerships.
“The Natural Capital Group in Greater Manchester is a great example of what we can achieve when we all work together to do our bit for the environment.”
Also discussed at the conference was the City of Trees campaign, supported by organisations including Stockport Homes Group to plant 2,500 trees across Greater Manchester.
It is the GMCA’s ambition for the city-region to be carbon neutral by 2038.
Image: L-R: Krista Patrick, GMCA; Tony Juniper, Chair at Natural England; Anne Selby, Lancashire Wildlife Trust; Chris Matthews, United Utilities.