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Transition Liverpool Newsletter, June 2019
 
Transition Liverpool
           
Transition Café
            Transition Soup
            Other Transition Groups

Co-housing, buildings, cooperatives, community, etc
           
Community and Building Policy
Nature, permaculture, food, etc
Local Events
Permaculture
Food and Farming
Ideas
Transport
           
Cycling
            Trains
            Ideas

Favourites
           
Year of the Environment
            The Brink
            2030 Hub
            Earth Moves
            Merseyside 5G
            Extinction rebellion

Festivals
Events
Courses and Workshops
Culture
Plastic, Waste, Recycling
Climate Change
Green movement
Politics and current affairs
           
UK news
            UN Report on poverty in the UK

            World Reports
Newsletters
Economy and money
New Thought
           
Science News
Artist of the Month

 
Transition Liverpool
Transition Café

Animals and Insects - Transition Cafe will discuss the crisis facing the animal and insect populations and explore what steps we can take as individuals or groups to halt the current phase of extinction.
  • Ben Deed of Merseyside Biobank will talk about the network of volunteers who record sightings of wildlife in our parks and green spaces.
  • Benjy and Peter from Extinction Rebellion will offer their perspective on the loss of animal and insect life and the repercussions of this on our own lives.
Climate  Breakdown and human exploitation of the planet’s natural resources are causing the 6th great extinction of plants, insects and animals. The future survival of the human race depends on preservation of healthy and diverse plants and animal life yet giant international corporations continue to destroy enormous areas of forest, wetland, moor and ocean in pursuit of profitable commodities.
The meeting is on Wednesday June 12th, at the Liverpool Quaker Meeting House, School Lane, meeting at 6.30 for food and about 7.10 for the meeting - please bring some vegetarian food to share if you can !
 

Transition Soup
Soup of the Month - Beetroot soup (this will be served at the Transition Cafe !)
Ingredients 
2 cups peeled and finely diced raw beetroot
1/2 cup peeled and grated beetroot 
1 cup finely diced carrot with leek and/or celery as optional additions
1 cup finely diced white cabbage as optional addition
1 cup finely diced floury potato 
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic
Vegetable stock cube or Marigold powder
Allspice 1 bayleaf and dill to flavour
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional dollop of sour cream, double cream with added lemon juice, soya cream to serve
Method
Gently fry onion in butter or oil for a few minutes adding garlic towards the end. Add diced vegetables, water, stock and seasonings and simmer for 10 minutes till vegetables are nearly tender.Add cabbage if used and grated beetroot and simmer for further 5 minutes.
Note
I’ve used allotment beets stored from last autumn’s harvest and still perfectly preserved. Mounds of earth called clamps were used before refrigeration but I store the beet inside boxes in layers of slightly damp wood chip and kept in the dark. This extends the harvest all year round.


Other Local Transition Groups
 
Transition Waterloo is on Facebook
 

Crosby Beach Clean, hosted by Eco-Cleaning Fairies Sunday June 9th - 3 – 5pm – Facebook event
 

Transition St Helens is on Facebook

West Kirby Transition Town is on Facebook
 

Wirral Earth Festival 2019 begins with a Fundraiser on Saturday 8th June at St Bridget’s Centre. It’s  a taster of what might happen in September. Doors open at 6pm - bring a friend and all the family! Tickets £8 / £4 (under 16). A limited number of family tickets (2 adults 2 children under 16) are available
 

Programme for June - TT West Kirby events
8th – High Tidiers Litter Pick – West Kirby Beach
8th – Incredible Edible – Grange Park
8th – Wirral Earth Fest Launch Night and Fundraiser – St Bridget’s Church Centre
11th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
13th – Creative Counsel – Making Space
15th – Storyfest – Introduction to storytelling workshop – St Bridget’s Church Centre
18th – High Tidiers Litter Pick – West Kirby Beach
19th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
22nd - High Tidiers Litter Pick – West Kirby Beach
22nd – Storyfest – Further storytelling skills workshop – St Bridget’s Church Centre
22nd – West Kirby Farmers’ Market – St Andrew’s Church
25th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
27th – Creative Counsel – Making Space
27th – Incredible Edible – Grange Park
29th – TTWK Community Day - Gilroy Road Community Allotments
 

Transition Northwich is on Facebook  - they have a very active Facebook page !!
 

NW transition network is on Facebook 
 

Co-housing, building, cooperatives, community
 
Our co-housing has made a bit of progress, but need to do more consultations before we send out any information – please wait patiently a bit longer …… email info@merseysidecohousing.org.uk to go on our mailing list and potentially get involved
 

Placed Academy is starting again soon – they need a few more students and sponsors – get in touch via their website (limited extra places have just been announced)
PLACED Academy is a new programme based in Liverpool to inspire the next generation of place makers from the North West about the built environment.
This programme is for people entering year 10, 11 or 12 in the academic year 2019-20. We’re also offering a limited number of places for students going into year 13.
Our programme of fun events and professional development activities will help to develop your skills, make your CV stand out from the crowd, build your confidence and get you ready for your next steps.
 

Off-Grid Living. Online set of videos on off-grid living using wind and solar – see the website
Includes about 15 videos of all elements of off-grid living such as battery storage systems, etc.
 

LILAC co-housing from a permaculture perspective in Leeds - Excellent video and article

Building a wooden house with a Lego-type system – YouTube video
This is the French Brikawood system
 

Develop skills at the Hillyfield barn-building project on Dartmoor this summer – Low Impact article
 

The pros and cons of second-hand stoves: what to consider before you buy - Low Impact Article
 

3-D printed house can be built in a day and runs off-grid - BBC video
 

Wood Campus is a wood industry free information site about using wood
Whether you’re a specifier, a builder, working in a merchant’s or into DIY, you’ll find the information, inspiration and learning tools you need to use more wood – the most sustainable of materials.
 

Tiny House Community starting in Bristol -  Facebook page
We have started the long and challenging road to building our first tiny house community, on a privately-owned 1.5 acre site in Stapleton, Bristol. It's very early days, and there are more challenges with this site than most, but our model, values and vision actually play into many of the policies that currently surround this site, so we are hopeful.
 

Community and Building Policy
 
Land for the Many - A report to the Labour Party, June 2019
Land for the Many- trying to change the way our fundamental asset is used, owned and governed is an independent report commissioned by the Labour Party.
This report aims to put land where it belongs: at the heart of political debate and discussion. It proposes radical but practical changes in the way land in the UK is used and governed.
Download the PDFE or read online on the Land for the Many website
(this has been ignored by the media – how odd !)
 

New Framework launched to deliver net-zero built environment – web report
From 2020 all new build in Liverpool City region should be net-zero, otherwise we're going to have to upgrade them and replace their energy systems within the next 30 years.
 

“Unleashing Community Power” Cooperative Party Annual Conference in Newcastle, Sat 8th June - website

Minister of Housing launches £8.5 million fund to help communities deliver discounted homes - .GOV website
Support package will be open to volunteer groups to apply for funding from Monday 13 May 2019.
 

Councils sell over 200 sites to community led housing groups – news report
Research shows that a third of local authorities in England are now supporting community led housing development
 

Labour reveals plan to fit solar panels to 1.75 million homes – Guardian article
 

Nature, permaculture, food, etc
Local Events
Fundraising for Forest Gardening in Crosby
Crosby High SEN School is a secondary level special school with 130 pupils, we are keen to involve our pupils and their families in outdoor learning to help them develop life skills such as using tools, improving communication, developing social skills as well as increasing their physical activity levels and provide therapeutic learning for their mental well being.
We have some woodland areas in our school grounds already, but these are not accessible for our pupils, some have learning disabilities, some have limited mobility and sensory impairments so we want to make these areas safe– this would include undertaking tree safety works, cutting back vegetation removal of rubbish tipped over the neighboring fences, bringing in natural seating of differing heights for our pupils and creating better wildlife habitats including bird boxes and habitat piles as well as making pathways for our wheelchair users. For more info see the Go Fund Me page
 

Incredible Edible in Childwall Valley - they now have an initiative – see their Facebook page
 

Roscoe Lecture by Pam Warhurst of Incredible Edible is speaking at Liverpool John Moores University on Monday, 24 June 2019 from 17:00 to 18:30 (BST) – free but Eventbrite booking requested
 

Squash Nutrition Visit their website and subscribe to their newsletter
 

Community food market - Every Monday 11am-2pm,  St Michael in the City Church, Upper Pitt Street, L1 5BD - visit their website for more info
Very cheap store cupboard food is available, so that for every £1 you spend you get £5 worth of products – the food comes via Fareshare and the market is run by MICAH
There is also a pay as you feel community meal from 11.30-12.30 to accompany the market - donations welcome but not essential. This is a healthy 2 course meal  and a great place to meet new people.
 

Permaculture
Permaculture Magazine is really good this issue - it's the 100th edition (you can get a free trial ! – visit their website)
All the links below are taken from it !!
 

African Women Rising has made good progress with South Sudanese refugees in Uganda, helpiing theem to make Permagardens - website
 

Stunning photos by Sarah Fretwell of development work in Africa (including the ones from Uganda) – from her website
 

Teaching Permaculture in Refugee Camps - they often have grey water available for cultivation, and time and enough space .... – good website
 

Mexican crops that grow in a garden in Holland - website
 

Food and farming
 
The Mushroom Guide
Part 3: harvesting shiitake mushroom blocks – Low Impact article
Part 4: preparing fruiting substrate for shiitake mushrooms – Low Impact article
Part 5: inoculating fruiting substrate – Low Impact article
Part 6: preparing mushroom spawn – Low Impact article
 

The Wool Journey Part 13 & 14: single versus plied yarn and the bulking of wool – Low Impact article

Ecological Land Cooperative AGM 2019 on 29th June in Sussex - you’re invited to attend – Low Impact article

9 month internship at Pentiddy Woods are you interested in joining there family for an immersive internship ? – Low Impact article


Getting started with fishing for food: Part 1 – Gear – Low Impact article
 

Ideas and debates
New version of “Wind in the Willows” our world has changed since 1910, so this is an updated version of the classic book. You can see a trailer on the Wildlife Trust website

Garden Organic has an excellent newsletter on organic gardening (of course). They were formerly the Henry Doubleday Research Association Read it and subscribe here

The effects of what you eat on climate change – New York Times webpage
 

Rewild a quarter of UK to fight climate crisis, campaigners urge – Guardian article
 

Ecological Consciousness have a good Facebook page with an excellent graphic of species loss,
plus other good stuff
 

A path to wellbeing: the growing world of gardening therapy Guardian article

Heartsong Willow spring newsletter can be viewed online
 

Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared. – see their website for more info
 

Video of using the iNaturalist app 1 min YouTube video
 

Transport
L - Merseyrail Bike + Go scheme    R - 300 bikes demo in Liverpool
 
Cycling
The Tour of Britain Cycle Race is starting and finishing in Birkenhead (and going all around the Wirral and into North Wales) – Wednesday September 11th
News report
 

300 bikes meet again at St Georg’s Plateau, Sunday, 7 July 2019 at 11:00 – Facebook event
Cyclists meet up at St George’s Hall for a show of support for better cycling safety and infrastructure. Followed by refreshments at Smithdown Social.
 

Bike and Go – Bike hire service at many local train stations – you don’t need to own a bike to be a cyclist - Facebook page
 

Trans-European cycling route from the Atlantic to the Black Sea – 40 sec video
 

Cycling to school could become mainstream – but better transport planning is desperately needed – Independent article
 

Cycling Utopia in Holland – huge bike park - Facebook video
 

Trains
Liverpool and Manchester Metro Mayors call for Northern Rail to be taken over by the Government
Northern Rail performance has still not improved ….. smaller trains and timetable delays, etc - BBC report
 

First train from Wrexham to Liverpool for over 40 years was on the 20th May This is due to re-opening the Halton Curve - Campaign to expand the rail network – Facebook page – Campaign for better transport (formerly Transport 2000)  Website and survey on rail reopening
 

Ideas
Battery Life in Electric Cars - Interesting web article
How to get the best life from your eCar batteries - rapid charge is expensive and shortens the life of the battery, but extends the range if you need to go that extra hundred miles one day - a home charger pod is fine 95% of the time.


Traffic free day in Guadalajara, a major city in Mexico closes many of its major roads every Sunday, – Facebook video

Amsterdam is going to cut 1,100 parking spaces a year for 10 years, releasing space for cycle parks, pedestrians and trees. They will also increase parking charges – Facebook video

You can travel for free in Holland if you show a book instead of a ticket  (for a week) - Facebook video
 

Our Favourites
Year of the Environment - on Facebook
There are now too many events in their program to copy them all over – please look at their calendar of events to find a good one near you


National Picnic Week continues from now until June 9th
 

The Brink on Facebook
 

Addiction Awareness Week is 10th to 16th June – many events – see Facebook event page for details

Men’s Talk Liverpool – every Wednesday from 6.30 to 8pm at the Brink – Facebook post A group where men can share safely
 

Qi Gong classes at the Brink, 10 week course
Taster Presentation Wednesday, 19 June 2019 from 17:00-18:30 - on Facebook

 
The Brink provides services of all types to people in recovery and their families, including their famous dry bar
The services include welfare advice, legal advice, family support, open mic. sessions, guitar lessons, football training, NVC workshops, and more – call in or check their Facebook page for details.
 

2030 Hub
Subscribe to the 2030Hub newsletter
 

Voluntary National Review of the SGD’s Government website
How can you contribute to the Voluntary National Review?
The Government is committed to ensuring the Voluntary National Review is inclusive and transparent. The Sustainable Development Goals are for everybody and we want to hear from a wide range of stakeholders either through our Voluntary National Review website or directly through a variety of events that will take place across the country. The Government encourages any group, organisation, or individual contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK to share what they are doing.
 

‘Ground-breaking innovation’ needed in cities, where battle for sustainable development will be won or lost, says UN agency chief – UN news report
 

World falling short on SDGs' clean energy agenda – internet report
 

UN report: Financial systems must change or SDGs will fail – web article
 

Earth Moves
 
Mesolithic Echoes: Living like the Ancesters – check the Facebook event for details
 

Free Environmental Volunteering Workshop, Weds  June 19th, 11- 5pm, New Brighton Community Centre – Facebook event
 

Free Meditation for Improved Health and Stress Reduction, Thursday, 20 June 2019 from 19:30-21:30 – Facebook event
 

Merseyside 5G - is on Facebook
 

Trafford rejects 5G – news report
Trafford Council has today said that they have no plans to let any mobile network install 5G antennas or masts on lamposts or buildings in the borough.
 

From Wirralleaks about 5G – local blog site
……… 5G is NOT an upgrade to 4G. 5G phased array, beam forming small cells will be everywhere and will forcibly expose everyone to hundreds of times the radiation levels that we have already been exposed to by 2G, 3G, 4G, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth devises. As a reminder the ONLY safety testing that the ICNIRP guidelines expect Councils, Government and Industry to work to is if one single devise does not heat up a fluid filled dummy head by 2 degrees over a short c. 6 minute exposure. There is and never has been ANY biological safety testing on continuous exposure and to multiple frequencies and devises. Many people are already unknowingly suffering from radiation related exposure health issues such as anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, tinnitus, behavioural issues, rashes, memory loss, infertility as well as increased levels of autism, dementia and cancer to name a few. Birds and insects continue to decline unable to withstand the radiation fields. Mature trees and hedges are felled to remove signal obstacles.
 

Microwave warfare expert Jerry Flynn on 5G and EMFs – YouTube 5min video
 

Opposition to 5G increases in Switzerland with a 1000+ protest in Bern – news report
 

Extinction rebellion
XR Liverpool is on Facebook
 

Visit the new main national website to subscribe to their excellent newsletter

Festivals
L - Makefest is on soon          R -  Waterloo Beach Clean

Liverpool Makefest – our local makers always have great new stuff to show – Saturday 29th June all day at the Liverpool Central library, William Brown St - see their website for more details

"What might life be like in 2049".  Ignite Liverpool invites you to speak at Liverpool Makefest on Saturday 28th June. Can you speak for 5 minutes on this set topic - There are some more details on the website

Fabric District Festival is this weekend, 7, 8 and 9th June – events in multiple venues (the fabric district is the streets behind TJ Hughes on London Rd) – register on Eventbrite for more info

Wirral Earth Festival 2019 begins with a Fundraiser on Saturday 8th June at St Bridget’s Centre. It’s  a taster of what might happen in September. Doors open at 6pm - bring a friend and all the family! Tickets £8 / £4 (under 16). A limited number of family tickets (2 adults 2 children under 16) are available
 

Hawkwood’s Seed Festival: Planting Big Ideas 2019 on 19-21 July in Stroud celebrates courageous climate leadership, creative expression and innovation, in harmony with our natural world.
 - Eventbrite booking
 

Events
 
The Time is Now. Join us in London on June 26th from 1 to 4pm for The Time Is Now, a mass lobby for climate, nature and people. Thousands of people will come together to send a message to politicians - it's time to end the UK's contribution to climate change and pass ambitious laws that create a healthier environment for nature and people. – see the Soil Association site or the  Climate Coalition website
 

Waterloo Beach Clean, hosted by Eco-Cleaning Fairies Sunday June 9th - 3 – 5pm – Facebook event
 

Community food market - Every Monday 11am-2pm,  St Michael in the City Church, Upper Pitt Street, L1 5BD
Very cheap store cupboard food is available, so that for every £1 you spend you get £5 worth of products – the food comes via Fareshare and the market is run by MICAH
There is also a pay as you feel community meal from 11.30-12.30 to accompany the market - donations welcome but not essential. This is a healthy 2 course meal  and a great place to meet new people.
Also, every Monday in June there are free afternoon cooking or craft sessions, from 12 to 2pm. These are free drop in sessions. The activities are seasonal and focused on saving money, reducing food waste, creatively, up-cycling and learning new skills - no experience necessary – all equipment and ingredients provided ! - See their website

 

100 years of  Birkenhead Corporation buses – Saturday 20th July 11am to 5pm event at Wirral Transport Museum, featuring a cavalcade of all their collection of Birkenhead buses, parade of trams, memorabilia stalls - Facebook event for more info
 

The Tour of Britain Cycle Race is starting and finishing in Birkenhead (and going all around the Wirral and into North Wales) – Wednesday September 11th
News report

 

300 bikes meet again at St Georg’s Plateau, Sunday, 7 July 2019 at 11:00 – Facebook event
Cyclists meet up at St George’s Hall for a show of support for better cycling safety and infrastructure. Followed by refreshments at Smithdown Social.
 

Introduction to Running Sustainable events, with Million Stars - Eventbrite tickets Thursday, 18th  July 2019, 6 to 8pm
Our mission is to make sustainable events accesible and affordable to all, not just large stadia and festivals! This event is ideally suited for bars, restaurants, event venues, hotels, etc.
 

Roscoe Lecture by Pam Warhurst of Incredible Edible is at Liverpool John Moores University
Monday, 24 June 2019 from 17:00 to 18:30 (BST) – free but Eventbrite booking requested

 

“Unleashing Community Power” Co-operative Party Annual Conference in Newcastle, Sat 8th June - website
 
OPEN 2019 Community Gathering – Decentralised Collaboration - 27th and 28th of June at the University of London in Holborn, London.- see the website for more details
 

What goes around, comes around: Towards a Circular Economy of Materials, 13th June. This event is part of Circular Economy Week London, 10th to 14th June 2019 – Facebook event
 

Courses and workshops
 
An Introduction to Sustainable Events in Argyle St Liverpool - Thu, 18 July 2019, 6 – 8pm, Please book – few spaces remaining
(in Manchester) Tuesday, 16 July 2019 from 18:00-20:00, 56 Oxford St, Manchester – Facebook event
Our mission is to make sustainable events accessible and affordable to all, not just large stadia and festivals! This event is ideally suited for bars, restaurants, event venues, hotels, etc.
 

Effective Collaboration Conference in Bristol 11 Jun at 09:30 – 12 Jun at 17:30 – Facebook event
 

Stir to Action workshops - great series of workshops, mostly in the South of England - website
 

Citizen Participation University in Hungary, July 1st to 5, looks great – see their website
 

Participatory Budgeting workshop in Manchester 16th July – see the Shared Future website for more details
 

Eden Project Communities – FREE online workshop on ABCD - Asset-Based Community Development. Thursday, 13th  June 2019 from 12:00-14:00 and the same again on Thursday 15th – Facebook event page for more details
 

Free seminar in Spain for youth workers in Llerena, Spain from 2nd - 8th July 2019
The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative and it creates opportunities for young people between 18-30 to volunteer or work in projects around Europe. These projects benefit communities or people and they are run by organisations that have been checked and authorised to run ESC projects. - see their website
 

Culture, Arts, etc.

World leaders singing “Imagine” - doctored images in video – 2 min Facebook video
 

Greta Thunberg being submerged in glacier water -  mural appears in Bristol – YouTube video

Primary school boy from Syria helps with translations – BBC report
 

Blind Autistic boy has huge musical talent - Facebook video
 

Nigerian boy makes working models from scrap parts - BBC video
 

Research into fireflies improves LED lighting BBC report
 

Mind over Matter Podcast channel has now started with a 90 min podcast of Phil Shepherd talking about embodied intelligence - YouTube video
 

Do Good Podcasts – great series of podcasts from Rob Watson – main website page
 

Wellbeing Budget in New Zealand promises billions to care for most vulnerable. Widespread praise for ‘world-first’ budget tackling mental illness, family violence and child poverty – Guardian article
 

Qi Gong classes at the Brink, 10 week course
Taster Presentation Wednesday, 19 June 2019 from 17:00-18:30
- Facebook event
 

Plastic, Waste, Recycling
L - Great result, eco problem in Liverpool     R - Mural in Bristol of Greta Thunberg
 
The Scottish bottle return scheme has set the cost of deposits on bottles at 20p (recoverable when you return the bottle). The scheme will begin in about 12 months – BBC Report
15 billion plastic bottles are sold every year in the UK. 7.5 billion are “recycled”
 

Morrisons to scrap plastic packing in fruit and veg aisle – news report
Waitrose pilot scheme in Oxford to stop the use of plastic – BBC report
 

'Ground-breaking': Viridor plans £65m plastics recycling plant powered by waste – website (sorry, difficult to read more on this)
 

20-foot high mountains of 'recycled' British rubbish found in Malaysia
……… plastic waste that should have been recycled but was dumped in Malaysia instead – news report
 

Waste is turned into Heat – what they do in Sweden – Independent report and video
"Sweden’s heating network is not without its detractors. They argue that the country is dodging real recycling by sending waste to be incinerated. Paper plant managers say that wood fibre can be used up to six times before it becomes dust. If Sweden burns paper before that point it is exhausting the potential for true recycling and replacing used paper with fresh raw material."
 

Plastic drinking straws will be banned in England from next year – news report  The ban will also apply to plastic stirrers and cotton buds in a government push to protect marine life. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed a ban on the supply of the items from April 2020 after a consultation revealed "overwhelming" public support for the move.
 

Radioactive waste from Fukushima will be released into the sea – news report The waste is mostly tritium (we hope), as they say all the other elements have been removed. Tritium is an emitter of weak beta radiation.
 

Food waste creates more greenhouse gases than plastics in Scotland – BBC Report
Zero-Waste Scotland reports that methane and CO2 emissions from food in landfill are a bigger problem than plastics
Their research found that 456,000 tonnes of food waste was collected in Scotland in 2016, compared to 224,000 tonnes of plastic waste was collected that year. Although neither figure is at all good, for these quantities, the effect of the food is worse.
 

Microplastics Found in 90 Percent of Bottled Water internet report
 

Plastic Tactics is experimenting with a Plastics Playgroup where people can come to the workshop and work the machines to recycle plastic themselves. Because of the machinery, this is a closed group at the moment till all the safety challenges are ironed out.
 

Merseyside improves recycling - You'll shortly be able to recycle 'non recyclable' waste at a Household Waste Recycling Centre in Liverpool.
The Old Swan Household Recycling Centre will shortly be accepting camping waste (tents, camping chairs, awnings, groundsheets, caravan upholstery items), wet suits, advertising banners and inflatables.
Every years, thousands of Tonnes of camping waste is sent to landfill. Until now, there was no recycling provision for these items. We're delighted to announce that Million Stars will be accepting donated items, even if they are damaged and will be upcycling them into new products! Many thanks to Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia for piloting this groundbreaking initiative!!
 

250,000 tents abandoned every year at festivals – Say NO to single use tents – YouTube video
 

Climate change
 
Climate Action Liverpool launch event - Thursday, 20 June 2019 from 18:30-20:30, Liverpool Quaker Meeting House – Facebook event
 

Climate emergency declared for Liverpool City Region. - announcement
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said “ ……. after consulting with the other members of the Combined Authority, I can announce that we will declare a climate emergency in the Liverpool City Region.”
“This action demonstrates that we understand the pressing threat of climate change and the urgent need to act and we will ask officers to prepare a paper for the next Combined Authority meeting providing further detail of the commitments the CA is making on this agenda.”
 
There is still a petition for all the individual councils to also declare an emergency, which none of them have done yet. – please sign the petition

 

UK Parliament declares Climate Emergency !! (however, strictly speaking this does not legally compel the government to act)  - BBC report
 

Committee on Climate Change report. Here is a link to the full report which is available online. (We've posted quite a lot of secondary reports about this here and in the newsletter, but we haven't posted the actual link before) – from the CCC website
An academic is quoted in New Scientist  "make no mistake, this report is the most important of our generation ........ If the meticulous expert advice here is heeded, it will deliver a revolution in every facet of our lives, from how we power our homes and travel to work, to the food we buy." (David Reay, Edinburgh Univ.)

 

Glasgow and Edinburgh fight to become the UK's first 'net-zero' city BBC report
 

What do we know about climate change mitigation in cities?internet article
 

Climate Emergency Action Plan please sign CAT’s petition to demand a proper plan !
 

Are the Public Ready for Net-Zero ? – downloadable report from the Climate Outreach website
 

New Framework launched to deliver net-zero built environment – web report From 2020 all new build in Liverpool City region should be net-zero, otherwise we're just going to have to upgrade them and replace their energy systems within the next 30 years anyway.
 

What would a climate emergency plan look like?internet article
 

Green bio-gas reaches milestone as it supplies 1m UK homes - Guardian article There has been a thirteen-fold rise since 2017 in use of biomethane, which is made from farm and food waste
 

Can Greta’s Movement Bring Moral and Financial Responsibility Into the Climate Conversation? – internet article
 

Green movement
 
Rob Hopkins article - Why the next 12 years could be the making of us – webpage article
 

Preston’s novel solution to austerityweb article
 

Green New Deal is a policy beyond growth - Ecologist article
 

Politics and current affairs
Birkenhead election result - it would be good if the rest of you would catch up

UK news
Land for the Many - A report to the Labour Party, June 2019
Land for the Many- trying to change the way our fundamental asset is used, owned and governed is an independent report commissioned by the Labour Party.
This report aims to put land where it belongs: at the heart of political debate and discussion. It proposes radical but practical changes in the way land in the UK is used and governed.
Download the PDF or read it online 
(this has been ignored by the media – how odd !)
 

Labour reveals plan to fit solar panels to 1.75 million homes Guardian article
 

Modern Slavery and Ethical Supply Chains - Fifty Eight partners with organisations and individuals throughout the value chain to achieve work that enhances quality of life, free from exploitation. (And is based in Liverpool) - website
 

Newly elected Green MEP was a refugee, and hast a message for the far right, by Magid Magid – Guardian report “We are truly building a common world, rooted in the aspirations of the young and set to deliver lasting change for all.”

UN Report on poverty in the UK
UN expert criticises “tragic” UK povertyBBC report
The UK's social safety net has been "deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos", a report commissioned by the UN has said.
 

Hammond: I reject idea millions live in dire povertyin BBC report this week He said the government should be ensuring the market was "delivering in the way that the textbooks tell us it will work.”
According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1.5m people experienced destitution in 2017 - meaning they had less than £10 a day after housing costs, or had to go without at least two essentials such as shelter, food, heat, light, clothing or toiletries during a one-month period.
 

UN expert responds to criticism by UK MinistersGuardian report
 

World Reports
Citizen Assembly - Ireland's efforts to break a political deadlock over its de facto ban on abortion inspired a bold response - the creation of a Citizens' Assembly to tackle on the issue. – 16 min YouTube video
 

Helsinki's radical solution to homelessness – Guardian article

Grants are available from the Co-op Local Community Fund
The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects that make a difference to local communities near to our stores and funeral homes. – apply on the website by 16th June
 

Action Network looks impressive, but it’s American – see their website
This is the toolset our movement deserves. We're like you: a mission-driven organization dedicated to building online power for the progressive movement. We don't have clients – we have partners.
 

Newsletters
Newsletters seem to be multiplying …….. or perhaps we're just discovering ones that were there all the time
 

The latest Green Bullet has a huge amount of information about current climate related actions and events and  we do need to sign post this newsletter again and include a link. I’ve picked up on this which we could highlight.
“Climate Coalition are organising what they hope will be the largest mass lobby for climate and the environment the UK has ever seen on June 26th. Tell them, your MP, and your friends that you’re coming by adding your name alongside thousands of others to the interactive map, and see how many others in your constituency will be joining you! And / or join Friends of the Earth’s Groundswell in Manchester, bringing people together across the country to step up the mission to stop climate change and get the inspiration and tools you need to act”
andyyuille@gmail.com email this address to subscribe or contribute.
 

Positive News Newsletter - to see the latest one and to subscribe

Squash Nutrition - Visit their website and subscribe to their newsletter
 

Extinction Rebellion Visit the new main website to subscribe to their excellent newsletter
 

Nesta Newsletter - see a version online and subscribe – excellent stuff about the implications of advances in technology
 

Ethos Magazine – they have produced a new newsletter which you can also read online
 

Power to Change
Their newsletter is very good – visit this page to subscribe and to see the latest newsletter
Power to Change help community groups and other small organisations connect with the help they need from the Government and other funders – Power to Change can often help with forms and applications and other technicalities
 

Electricity NorthWest has an interesting newsletter
 

Guardian Newsletters – the Guardian produces a huge range of newsletters – visit this page to see them all !!
 

Network of Wellbeing – visit their main page to sign up
 

Garden Organic has an excellent newsletter on organic gardening (of course). They were formerly the Henry Doubleday Research Association Read it and subscribe here

Economy and money
 
Enough Campaign in Scotland – De-Growth, A Call for Radical Abundance – blog article
 

Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age (peer-to-peer systems) – article and launch of new book by Ellen Brown
 

Switching the UK on to mutual credit - A new project is setting out to change the way businesses trade, and redefine 'money' as we know it. - website for more details

Revisioning postcapitalism: 10 questions for Paul Mason’s ‘clear bright future’ – Low Impact article
 

Moving towards post-capitalism, or: why I’m working on mutual credit – Low Impact article
 

New thought
 
Escaping extinction through paradigm shift. ‘Rebellion’ is not enough. We need to build new systems from the ground up, right now – website article
 

A vision of 2040: everything we need for a sustainable world already exists – Guardian article
 

Ecologies of healthy UK social movements – looks very good – web article
 

Why Aren't the Systems Changing? - Charles Eisenstein – 4 min YouTube video

10 stories of Transition in the USAfree download
 

The ‘Preston Model’ article by Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation – Low Impact article

Introducing One Planet Cities: sustaining humanity within planetary limits – Low Impact article
 

Social Dreaming: A Method for our Times – Symposium at UCLan for the launch of a new department and two new books – website, booking also needed
 

Science news
 New Scientist has some interesting information about new technology and detecting fish (18th May 2019, p. 8)
Normally aquatic life is measured and identified by taking samples – catching fish, dredging the floor of the pond, lake or river. Obviously this is damaging for the ecosystem and for the individual fish.
These techniques could soon be replaced by a DNA detector – taking a water sample and analysing the DNA found in it.  This environmental DNA (eDNA) comes from the skin cells, waste and blood of organisms.
Because of advances in what we can detect, and our increasing knowledge of the DNA of each living species, the technicians can now, for example, tell if there is a pike in any particular pond, or if a river has trout. This can also be done for other species which are the key indicators of river health, without all the time and trouble need to find and catch them. However, it may not yet be able to measure (say) the number and extent of trout inhabiting a river system, but perhaps that will follow.
A recent study in Lake Windermere identified the DNA of 14 of the 16 fish species that have ever been recorded there, including pike and eel. Normal detection methods usually only find 5 or 6 species, as some fish avoid nets and don’t take bait. One of the scientists said “Fish are great because they are slimy and release eDNA all the time”.
This technique can also provide an early-warning system for invasive species, including the 4 main problem species – quagga mussel, zebra mussel, killer shrimp and demon shrimp.

 
Artist of the Month
Alexandra Dvornikova is from Russia and loves the forest – she now lives in North London - see this site for a short biography

About Transition Liverpool
The main Transition Liverpool event is the monthly “Transition Café” which is on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. We also have a Meetup every week at the Brink on Thursdays from 4pm till 6, which gives more space for discussion and connecting in a more personal way. 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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