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The Greater Manchester ESD Forum

This long running forum is for educationalists in our sector to meet, share good practice and support each other.

The forum aims to:

  • Keep up to date with the national, regional and local context which informs the work of the group.
  • Encourage all departments / agencies / sectors to work towards Education for Sustainability by sharing, promoting and delivering good practice through an effective network.
  • Identify gaps in provision in the school community and coordinate a response involving relevant departments / agencies.
  • To provide a forum of dialogue for feeding information to other strategic decision making bodies.

Who can join?

The forum is open to any agency, organisation or department with an interest in Education for Sustainability.

 When does it meet?

The forum meets at least once a year and members are invited to share their good practice and contribute towards the agenda. 

If you are interested in attending the next forum, please email

Previous meetings have included:

11th November 2022: Young people and climate change responses with Canon Burrow's pupils sharing their thoughts about the future, Dr Catherine Walker discussing her intergenerational climate research project 'Young People at a crossroads', with input from Manchester City Council and Manchester Museum sharing their 'Carbon Ruins' exhibition.

11th November 2021: Decarbonising schools with contributions from the funders Salix Finance Ltd, Transform Our World's Schools Climate Change Action Planner, Bury Council's Climate Officer and a report from COP26.

20th October 2020: What would a Green Recovery mean for schools? Our contributors were Emma  Emma Greenwood, Youth MP for Bury and climate activist, Andy Clark, from Canon Burrow's CoE Primary, Kate Eldridge from Greater Manchester Community Renewables and Rosie Naylor from the RHS.

17th October 2019: Rewilding the City with a speaker from Action for Conservation, David Hayley from MMU and Adam Williams on pesticides.

6th July 2018: Save Our Soils Intergenerational Conference with key note speakers from schools, the University of Salford and an organic farmer.

6th July 2017: Zero Carbon Britain with presentations from Paul Allen from the Centre for Alternative Technology and the Manchester Climate Change Agency.

12th July 2016: Heritage and wildlife with presentations from Armitage and St Brigid's Primary schools and keynote speaker Anne Selby from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and a discussion around the findings of the Natural Connections project.

27th November 2015: Morgan Phillips from Eco Schools talked about opportunities for putting sustainability in the National Curriculum. 

16th July 2015: On Trees and Activism our focus was on Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and her inspirational Green Belt Movement and we  considered our collective activist skills and how we to best share them with young people.

27th Feb 2015: Sustainability Education Hustings with representation from the Conservative Party; Labour Party and Green Party.

10th July 2014: Key note speaker: Nobel prize winner, Professor Terry Callaghan. led on Climate Change and the Arctic; MEEN founder, Ruth Levy talked about our roots and the Manchester Adult Education Service led a session on family learning.

2nd May 2014: Growing and Climate Change. Cooler shared information on Carbon Literacy and the RHS share how they link learning about growing to Climate Change.

23rd January 2014: Sustainable Food forum mapping with input from Food for Life. 

26th November 2010: Earth Rights and Ecocide with Polly Higgins.

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