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Transition Liverpool Newsletter, September 2019

Transition Liverpool
      Transition Café
      Transition Symposium in October
      National Survey for Transition
      Local Transition Groups
Nature, Food, Gardening etc
Co-Housing, Housing, Building, etc
Our Favourites

      Million Stars
      The Brink
      2030 Hub and the SDG’s
      Make Liverpool
Climate Change and Sustainability
Waste and recycling
Local Events and News
National Events
New Thought

Transition Liverpool
poster for "Inhabit"
Transition Café
This is on Wednesday 11th September, Quaker Meeting House, 6.30 to 9pm. 6.30 for free soup (it’s a bonus if you bring some food to share - if you can) The film starts soon after 7pm.

Inhabit. In association with Scalarama, Transition presents the movie “Inhabit” which is a feature length documentary introducing Permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what’s possible – what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.

INHABIT – dir. Costa Boutsikaris – 2015 – documentary – 1h 32mins

This event is part of Scalarama Merseyside 2019 - a celebration of cinema throughout September across Merseyside - more info

Transition Gathering / Symposium
title:- Taking Action against Climate Breakdown
For your diary, it’s Saturday 12 October 2019, from 9:30am – 4pm, at Liverpool Quaker Meeting House

This is a Trnsition North West Gathering hosted by Transition Liverpool

Join the local Transition Towns community for our annual gathering, a chance to look at problems caused by climate change and encourage active participation in developing solutions.
During this day-long event we will:
  • Take a look at the likely impact of fossil fuel use on our coastline as the area becomes more severely affected by sea level rises and storm surges
  • Hear from local groups about their activities to give a picture of the important work collectively achieved during this Year of the Environment
  • Seek to support and inspire each other as we make necessary changes to our individual lifestyles
  • Discuss the steps we need to take to reduce emissions
  • Explore how can we work with politicians in our local region to tackle climate breakdown
A light lunch will be provided with vegan and vegetarian soup, and desserts
Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day
We will be accepting donations on the day towards lunch and the work of Transition Liverpool
Symposium link – Book now to reserve a place - also follow us on Facebook

National Transition Network.
The National network has been developing a funding bid to the National Lottery Community Fund for a 5 year programme developing regional and thematic networks in England, Wales and Scotland. As part of that bid, they have developed a survey to bring in as many voices from Transition across the Country as possible. The survey has gone out via a blog on and has been emailed to all the contacts in the Country on TN's database. However, it has become evident that that doesn't mean its reaching out deeply enough. So here's the details:

Survey link:
Please complete by: Saturday September 7th
Please share with your groups and networks and really encourage people to go through it.
The survey may look quite long, but many of the questions are multiple-choice or use a sliding scale and you can whizz through it. We hope that as many people as possible from your group will fill in the survey! We need multiple perspectives and different experiences. 
We undertake to report back and share with you an overview of the responses we receive.  And as an incentive we offer a prize draw for three copies of Rob Hopkins’ new book From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want – due to be published in October 2019.

Other Local Transition Groups
Transition Waterloo on Facebook 
Transition St Helens on Facebook
West Kirby Transition Town on Facebook
Wirral Earth Festival is on Saturday 21 September 2019 from 11:00-17:00pm at St Bridget’s Church, West Kirby – the best around – food and drink, bands, crafts and makers, stalls, poets, etc.
more details on Facebook
West Kirby events

7th – High Tidiers Litter Pick – West Kirby Beach
10th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
11th – Incredible Edible – Meeting – West Kirby Library
12th – The Making Space Group – Making Space
14th – Incredible Edible – Grange Park
17th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
18th – The Making Space Group – Making Space
21st – Wirral Earth Fest – St Bridget’s School Fields and Church Centre
22nd – High Tidiers Litter Pick – West Kirby Beach
24th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
26th – Incredible Edible – Grange Park
26th – Inner Transition Reading Group – Making Space
28th – West Kirby Farmers’ Market – St Andrew’s Church

Transition Northwich Have a very active Facebook page !!
NW transition network on Facebook
Nature, Food, Gardening etc
L - giant rooftop urban farm                R- dandelion in UV light
Mammal Identification workshop in Knowsley – Saturday 5th October, 10 to 12 am – Facebook event

Year of the Environment 2019 LCR
Still has lots of great events going on – see the website

Worlds Largest Urban Farm opens – on a Paris rooftop ! (Paris Expo Porte de Versailles) – Guardian report
Agripolis is the company operating it – French website

Flowers in UV light by David Aronson - on Facebook

Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest
The 30-minute video documentary tells the story of Hinewai Nature Reserve, on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson.

Forest Gardening Roundtable and AGM (plus Promotions & Tour) – Saturday 28th September in Manchester – see Facebook event for more details

Regenerative Agriculture Is the Key For a Sustainable Climate and Food System, – internet article

Climate Change Food Calculator – how much does your diet impact on the environment ?? – BBC report

Rimrose Valley Calendar for 2020 available soon – visit their website

Getting started with fishing for food: Part 3 – Lobster pots - Low Impact article

Low-impact & the city 13: How to get lots of fruit from a small garden with no work - Low Impact article

The Good Food March is on October 5th in London organised by the Landworker’s Alliance – see the article for more information - Low Impact article

Volunteer Day at the Earth Moves Greenhouse, Saturday September 14th, 12 – 4 pm – Facebook event

UK's first commercial crop of chickpeas harvested in Norfolk Guardian article

Co-Housing, Housing, Building, etc
Homes in Community Hands, Liverpool – a workshop by CCH at the Harry Moncrieff Centre, , 90 Fulwood Drive, Aigburth, on Thursday 19th September, 13.00 to 16.00 - Facebook page

As part of the Homes in Community Hands programme a series of FREE regional promotional events are being organised during September and October. The Liverpool event will start at 1pm – come along and find out how your could be bidding for money to help explore the potential for developing new homes or refurbishing empty properties.

CAT - Green Renovation Courses
Fixing your Damp House - 21-22 September
Eco Refurbishment - 25-28 October
More courses to follow ……..
Visit the CAT website for more information


Top tips for tiny home living in a small timber building - Low Impact article

Tiny Houses – self assembly tiny houses for $ 3,600  (American site) – website link

Housing Co-ops – A landlord you can trust – news report

The co-operative movement in the UK and the US: The differences. Cath Muller of Radical Routes - Low Impact article

New planning developments might allow a lot more people to build their own home - Low Impact article

Scribing wood to stone: how to scribe a wood post to a stone foundation - Low Impact article

Shou sugi ban: preserving wood using fire with Ziggy of The Year of Mud - Low Impact article

Million Stars
Million Stars is very concerned about sustainable festivals, and in particular about the thousands of single-use tents that ae abandoned at evey festival - They have had a successful fundraising for their “Sew Intentse” initiative  - many thanks to all the contributors. This will make useful products from damaged tents recovered from festivals

180,000 tents abandoned. Last year, Michael Gove announced that 2019 would be the UK's 'Official Year of the Environment', however, August Bank Holiday weekend saw 3 of the UK's biggest music festivals; Creamfields, Leeds and Reading.  An estimated 180,000 tents will have been abandoned on Monday, along with non perishable food, clothing, toiletries and camping related items.
Quite simply, it's not ok to be ok with this amount of waste in 2019!

The Brink is on Facebook

Regular events open to all
Guitar Lessons – all standards – see Facebook page for full details
Men’s Talk – every Wednesday, 6.30 to 8pm
Yoga at the Brink – every Friday lunchtime – please book, limited space
Non-Violent Communication, every 2nd Wednesday, 4 to 6pm

2030 hub is on Facebook

SDG Workshop - Tuesday 17th September 2019, 8 to 10am, at LEP, Mann Island, aimed mostly at businesses – FREE, but Eventbrite booking required

Using Business as a Force for Good – introduction to B-Corp – FREE, Facebook event at the 2030Hub, 23, Argyle St. Tuesday, 10 September 2019 from 08:30-10:30

6 transformation pictures
The Sustainable Development Network has published “Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” which lays out an integrated framework for implementing the SDGs. No country is currently on track to implement the SDG’s.
This article introduces the report

The full report PDF can be accessed on the “Nature” website here

Samsung phones will now all carry a pre-installed SDG’s app  - internet report

IPPR thinktank suggests the UK needs a Sustainability Act to avert economic collapse – Guardian report

Scalarama is a national film festival that has loads of great film showings in Liverpool this month, including
Transition Liverpool – Inhabit – Wednesday 11th September, 7pm
The Ralla – Protest ! on Saturday 8th September, 2pm

            Hits Like a Girl and Real Steel – Thursday 19th September 6pm
Kitty’s Laundrette – Peggu Su – Thursday 26th September 6.30pm
            My Beautiful Luandrette – Saturday 28th September 7.30pm
For the full program and locations please see their website 


Make Liverpool  main website is here  and on Facebook
Email for more info and costs of any of these, or sign up for their newsletter

Maker Meetup – Thursday 26th September, 6pm, Make North Docks

Make Hamilton Square – Volunteer days in the Millennium Garden - Wednesday 18th September and Wednesday 2nd October

Classes –
Introduction to Pyrography (burning patterns on wood) – Saturday 7th September – Make North Docks
Life Drawing – Thursday 12th September - Make North Docks
Introduction to Woodwork, Saturday 14th September, Saturday 28th September - Make North Docks
Introduction to Prosthetic Makeup (zombies, etc) - Saturday 21st September - Make North Docks
Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy - Saturday 28th September - Make North Docks

Climate Change and Sustainability

I'm sure you all know about the bad news - fires raging in the Amazon and in Siberia, and we know little more than that, so won't repeat it. However, progress is still being made, including more information being spread - even the Daily Express and the Liverpool Echo have had articles on the sea level rises that we can expect !

How the coastline of the USA is vanishing, and how beautiful some of it is from aerial views - fascinating 2 min video – BBC video

University of Liverpool will divest all investments from fossil fuels – internet report
This is partly as a result of Guild of Students campaigning – well done !!
The page also has links to the University’s ethical investment policy statements

Extinction Rebellion court cases in London interesting article. Nearly all the people arrested are being taken to court (and sent to prison)

A glacier in Iceland has disappeared – this is the first one to “die” and there has been a ceremony and memorial plaque – News report

Climate Change Training for Teachers – Cool Planet – 20min BBC podcast

It’s the Traumacene era, not the Anthropocene ! – internet article

How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics Guardian article by George Monbiot

Surging Seas app
An interactive map of land flooding due to sea level rise. Just put in the link to any city and adjust the sea level rise. Download from this link

Even the Daily Express is talking about the sea-level rise ! - link

and the Echo too - it has an article and maps on sea-level rises for 2’ and 4’

How Copenhagen plans to reach carbon-neutral status in just six years internet article

Sustainability in the NW Region - Edge Hill University Public Event: 6th November 2019 – website for details

London Tube line to heat up homes in winter Guardian article

Prioritize Pedestrians And Cyclists Over Motorists, Urges U.K. Parliamentary Report – news report

Waste and recycling
Plastic Tactics are on Facebook
The next Plastic Playgroup should be on Sunday 15th September at DoES, from 1 – 4pm, but check on Facebook for more details


Glass Onion - another Zero-Waste café has opened at 13 Allerton Rd – see their Facebook page for more info

Tusk Baltic have been named the first carbon free dining restaurant in Liverpool - As a result of Tusk’s commitment, they are now responsible for the planting of 100 trees per month. – see their Facebook for more info

Refill Zero Waste shop are on Facebook
Refill Zero Waste shop will start going to markets with their stall soon – they were donated a car ……. Times and places to follow !

Get the Refill water bottle refill app from their website for places when you can refill your water bottle free
Refill South Liverpool are on Facebook

Please help them develop the refill system locally – they have just added 4 more locations that offer free refills, and they are looking for more

Innovative uses of Cardboard – festival tents, flatpack furniture, cardboard art
Read more in the Positive News newsletter and website

Why China killed recycling – China is not taking plastics for recycling anymore. The video criticises them for this and complains in a way that seems unfair, as if China should be responsible for all our waste, but there are some very interesting shots in the film.
8 minute YouTube video


Stockpiled electronic gadgets – millions are stuck in drawers and need recycling – BBC feature

Extinction Rebellion Liverpool – Sustainable Fashion swap – Ropewalks Square, every Saturday beginning 7th September till 28th Sept - Facebook event

Local Events and News

Festival of Maintenance 2019
Is on Saturday September 28th from 9am to 5pm at the Fashion Hub in Gildart St. This is a major national event, and has a wonderful range of speakers and topics, and is partly organised by DoES. Tickets cost £15 for the day – booking required - see the Facebook page for more updates about the speakers 

Wirral Earth Festival is on Saturday 21 September 2019 from 11:00-17:00pm at St Bridget’s Church, West Kirby – the best around – food and drink, bands, crafts and makers, stalls, poets, etc. see Transition West Kirby Facebook for more details

Global Climate strike, 20th September - website
Adults join Student Strike - website

Liverpool City Region Listens is an exercise in bringing devolution to life, to ensure that local people have the opportunity to influence genuine local decision-making – online survey by LCR Metro Mayor, with a number of public consultation events (lower down the page)

Car-free Wavertree High Street - it will hold its first car-free day in September in a move aimed at showing the city is serious about tackling climate change - while also promoting local businesses and community spirit. On 22nd September from 11 to 3 – it’s World Car Free Day – Echo report

Volunteer Day at the Earth Moves Greenhouse, Saturday September 14th, 12 – 4 pm – Facebook event

Rimrose Valley Calendar for 2020 available soon – visit their website

Mindful Writing Course – begins Sunday 8th September at Liverpool Wellbeing Centre, 39 Rodney St. See the Facebook event for full details

Woodcarving for Beginners at Ness Gardens, Sat and Sun 12th-13th October – Facebook event to register and for details

Liverpool SOUP – hopes to see you at their next event, Thursday 3rd October at Tusk in the Baltic Triangle. If your project needs funding, please get the application form from here
People who go to the meeting pay £10 for their bowl of soup, and 4 or 5 projects present what they are doing, and the one with most votes walks away with all the soup money (nearly £500 at the last one)

Sustainability in the NW Region - Edge Hill University Public Event: 6th November 2019 – website for details

Explore more Groups – Liverpool Meetup lists more than 100 social groups and special interest groups within a 25 mile radius. Meetup website

Sparks of Hope – Regenerating North Liverpool on the Liverpool Long Reads website

Extinction Rebellion Liverpool – Sustainable Fashion swap – Ropewalks Square, every Saturday beginning 7th September till 28th Sept - Facebook event

Artivists Together group on Facebook
Mostly on the Wirral, they are trying to do better art and posters for a range of green issues

Belly Dance Course – begins 14th September, 7 to 8pm at the Bluecoat, subsequently in Wallasey. Booking required due to limited space – Facebook event
Artivist campaign against chemical spraying on Hoylake beach
National Events
Living the New Story Now: Sacred Ecology, Sacred Economy – live-streamed co-creative workshop from Findhorn, lasts 6 months with streamed presentations, Zoom sessions, etc, begins 12the Sept to 2nd April, variable cost. - see their website 

Conscious Camp – Dee Valley, 6-8th September, see event page for details

New Thought
Innovate! The policymakers' board game – can be downloaded free from the NESTA website

Networking small businesses and co-ops to replace corporations: Micky Metts on the new economy - Low Impact article
The Turchin model of long waves applied to Brexit – internet article

Nationalism in England is not just a rightwing nostalgia trip Guardian article

What is Regenerative Culture ? internet article

CTRLshift video from the summit this year – 2 min YouTube video

Digital Dependency – Dialling it down new closed Facebook group for Merseyside

Programmable ball an unusual input for percussion tracks - Facebook video

How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics Guardian article by George Monbiot

It’s the Traumacene era, not the Anthropocene ! – internet article
Community, connection and localism, web article from the Ecologist by Helena Norberg-Hodge -
Two nice pictures to end with

About Transition Liverpool
The main Transition Liverpool event is the monthly “Transition Café” which is on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. There is an Energy Group, and every October we put on a full-day Symposium. Our main concerns are to help create a “soft-landing” rather than a crash as fuel supplies fall and demand rises, and also as the effects of climate change increase. Transition is a development model for “advanced” societies to help us create better and more fulfilled lives for all, while using less resources.
We are part of the Transition Network, and Transition Town West Kirby are also very active. Our local Liverpool website is here, and our Facebook page is here. 
Some of the main Transition publications are available online for free download - the original Transition Handbook, and the more recent Essential Guide to doing Transition .
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