TV PRESENTER Fred Talbot has been awarded an honorary degree from MMU for services to the environment.
Fred, who is known for his Green Guide and for his floating map on ITV, will be made an Honorary Doctor of Science.
MMU has been particularly impressed with his role in making the "case for action to protect our planet and against climate change accessible to millions."
Professor Callum Thomas, of MMU's Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, said: "Climate change is a threat for every individual and business in the North West. By bringing the message into living rooms we can raise public awareness and make all of us take responsibility for the climate, and this is exactly what Fred Talbot has been good at doing.
"Fred has a way of cutting through the jargon and the rhetoric to the basic message: this is our precious planet, let's look after it!"
Born in Edinburgh in 1949, Fred Talbot was brought up in Altrincham, Cheshire, and taught biology at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.
Fred was a founding member of the Altrincham and District Astronomical Society in 1964, remaining involved to this day, and co-discovered a meteor shower in June of 1966.
His broadcasting career began on a weekly astronomy programme for radio, and his progressed to presenting news on Granada Reports and an educational science programme for children called The Final Frontier. He later presented the weather for ITV's This Morning.
Fred was involved in ITV Granada's 'Big Challenge' environmental campaign in 2006 with the production of Fred Talbot's Green Guide. He is also extremely active in the environmental campaign Manchester Is My Planet, a project which encourages people to reduce their carbon footprint.
Talbot currently presents a series of regional interest for ITV Granada, such as Lock and Quays, occasionally reports for Granada Reports and regularly appears on CITV's Prove It!
Fred received his honorary degree at the MMU Science and Engineering Graduation Ceremony at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Friday, July 20.
Accepting the honour he said: "This award is a wonderful surprise to me and has even prompted a part in my honour at ITV!
"Ever since I began to popularise science and environmental study, I hoped my and others' messages about the wonderful world we live in would influence a generation. You as science graduates can make a difference and play a huge part in how we live and how we look after our Earth."
Notes: MMU has a national and international reputation for Environmental and Geographical Sciences, with a strong portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including degrees in environmental management, ecology and conservation and sustainable development. The department which gained a 4 (out of 5) in the last UK Research Assessment Exercise is home to the acclaimed Centre for Air Transport and the Environment.
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