Accelerating Action, for their City

By Stephanie Lynch on 12.10.18

The Manchester Climate Change Youth Board (MCCYB) was established in November 2017 to capture the voices of young persons who live, work and study in the city. Made up of six dedicated individuals with diverse backgrounds, skills and interests in the field of sustainability, they have already contributed to the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Green Summit by running a ‘listening event’ for young people and collaborated with Uprising and The Challenge to educate and inspire others.


Having a representative from the MCCYB at this year’s Manchester Climate Change Conference highlighted the importance for young people to contribute to the development of climate change policy and strategy. As climate change threatens to drastically change the social and economical landscape of the country, the need to ensure action is accelerated now to mitigate the impacts has never been greater.


MCCYB member Hannah Mitchell says "The Youth Board really have an opportunity to shape the city’s future. By working with the Manchester Climate Change Board and other stakeholders, we can influence much needed change. So much great stuff is happening in Manchester to become a sustainable city, but we need more action, now!"


The United Nations International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) released their latest report on the 8th October demanding urgent action across the globe. Jim Skea, Co-Chair of the IPCC working group 3, states" Limiting warming to 1.5°C is possible in the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes". MCCYB have been working with the Manchester Climate Change Board on a framework for Manchester to become zero carbon, as directed by the Tyndall Centre’s research.


Here is their response to the IPCC’s report.