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Transition Liverpool Newsletter, January 2019

Transition Liverpool
Transition Café
            Transition Meetups
            Other Transition Groups

Progress Report
            Co-Housing Links

Plastics, Zero-Waste and Recycling
Permaculture, plants, gardening, nature


The Brink
            Next to Nowhere
            Transition Waterloo

Events etc.
Climate Change
New Thought
Science News – global warming
Artist of the Month

(About Transition Liverpool + Newsletter Information at end)

Transition Liverpool

Transition Cafe
In Liverpool City Region, 2019 is going to be the “Year of Environment 2019”. This is part of the DEFRA national “Year of Green Action” which is also aimed at young people as the #iwill campaign.
Our regional Year of Environment has partly been a result of the “people’s plan” that was developed at the October 2017 Transition Symposium, which was then further developed and presented to the Metro Mayor.
At our January Transition Café you can hear more about the initiative from Nick Drew, who is the coordinator for the Year. This will include a discussion about howTransition Liverpool (and maybe other transition groups in the city region) can contribute to the Year. 
Just to clarify, the scope of the year is Liverpool City Region (i.e. Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, Halton, St Helens, Knowsley), rather than the whole of the North West. Its also important that its not just felt to be the Mayoral Plan - i.e. its an opportunity for all of us to shape the sort of things we'd like to see happening in 2019, against the backdrop of the environmental challenges we collectively face. 
Nick will also introduce some materials from a training event run by the national Transition Network in 2018.
This meeting is on Wednesday 9th January at the Quaker Meeting House in School Lane, meeting at 6.30pm when home-made soup will be provided (please bring vegetarian food to share if you can). The talk will start at about 7pm, and the meeting will finish before 9pm.
Transition Meetups
Come along and say hello, talk about transition, do networking – let us know what you are doing (or what you’d like to do), hear about similar projects, discuss how to do things better, ....... and we'll tell you what we are doing. Sometimes we also just have a cup of tea and chatter !
Everyone welcome ! (we may also talk about our pet topics of co-operatives and co-housing, but not quite all the time !)
Meeting each time at The Brink, 15-21 Parr Street, from 4pm to 6pm
        10th January
        17th January
        24th January
        31st January
        7th February
Other Transition Groups
Transition Waterloo - on Facebook
Transition Waterloo Community Meeting - on Facebook
Monday, 14 January 2019 from 12:00-14:00, Victoria Park Pavilion
Transition Town St Helens. Has just started - on Facebook

West Kirby Transition Town - on Facebook
Homegrown Bananas - Music and Performance will be back on Thursday January 10th at Lattetude, West Kirby starting at 6pm and finishing at 8pm. (Doors open from 17:30)
Grange Park Community Orchard Maintenance: Friends of Grange Park and Incredible Edible have raised this collection of fruit trees. We hope you enjoyed the harvest, and now’s the time to tidy up the trees and the surrounding ground for the winter. We meet in Grange Park cemetery, Lang Lane entrance, by the Scout Hut. Please bring gardening gloves, water against dehydration and suitable footwear / outdoor clothing. Thursday 24th January 2019: 1 - 2pm
The Mellow Yellow AGM (The Community Group that organises Homegrown Bananas, Wirral Earth Festival, the Annual Lantern Parade and other events) will take place on Friday January 25th at The Making Space, West Kirby from 7pm. Bring some food and we'll make it a party!
The High Tidiers - West Kirby Clean-Up Crew will be out on January 26th at Mariner's Column Litter Pick. They will meet at the Mariner's Column, on Column Road, West Kirby from 10am to 12pm.
West Kirby Farmers Market will be back on Saturday January 26th.
Transition Network – the main national website for Transition

Progress Report
Our Core Group meets fortnightly. We still feel the need to keep the group closed and work with the existing 9 Core Group members.
So far we’ve worked out our “Vision and Values” statement, and we’ve had a Consensus Workshop. We need to absorb that, and work out “our way” of running our meetings, and then press on with setting up the framework of agreements about how we will live, and how to move forward. When that is done, we’ll have a clear prospectus to show to potential new members (not to mention architects, funders, etc.).
Co-Housing Links
Forgebank 5 Years OnFacebook Event
Forgebank Cohousing in Lancaster is an ambitious attempt to find a way to live a lower impact lifestyle. Founder member Chris Coates asks the question; what did we say we would do & did we do it? He looks back over the first five years of the community and tries to assess how far the project achieved its original aims. Free entry. Bar available
Sunday, 13 January 2019 at 19:00, Halton Mill, near Lancaster
Forgebank guided tour Facebook Event
Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 14:00-16:00. Eventbrite Booking required, with a small charge
Leasehold and Community Led Housing - website
This article is a very important issue - from a newsletter by Wrigley’s Solicitors who specialise in Community Led Housing
Design for Shared Living - Article
architect and writer Hannah Wood explores what an uptake in shared living could mean for our mental health and collective wellbeing.
4 interesting Co-Housing projects in the USA - article
For Women, by Women: A Sisterhood of Carpenters Builds Tiny Houses for the Homeless
A mostly female crew constructs a village of emergency shelters in north Seattle, and finds camaraderie along the way. - article
How to build an adobe earthen floor with Sigi Koko – Low Impact Article in 3 parts Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
An exciting opportunity to develop a natural building design company with Barbara Jones of Straw Works – Low Impact Article

How to source timber – a joiners point of view – Low Impact Article
3-D printing a circular concrete houseFacebook video

Plastics, Zero-Waste and Recycling
L - Eco-brick workshops in Birkenhead    R - zero-waste food at Refill

Merseyside Plastics and Recycling - new Facebook group
This group is intended as a forum for the whole local sectors of plastics, zero waste and recycling, for all of Merseyside. Please especially add new projects, and if you need more help and support
I’ve made it a public group so that anyone can join and visitors can see all the posts
Zero Waste Wirral – Eco-Brick Workshops
in 2019
Up and coming Ecobricks workshops for next year – please don’t drop off any more Ecobricks to Birkenhead Park or to “Waste Not Want Not” as we're full. - Facebook page
Emily will let you know next year when you can drop them off again. If you want to come along to a workshop then book on with Birkenhead Park - spaces limited to 20 per session 0151 652 5197

Ecobricks Community North West - Facebook Page
This group now has 2075 members - up by about 90 this month
See the poster above for Eco-brick workshops in Birkenhead
Ecobrick poem by Steve Garland from
          “A horrible resource is plastic,
           It’s effect on the world is quite drastic,
           So don’t be a dick,
           Just make ecobricks,
           And the turtles will think you’re fantastic.”
Can you do better ???
Refill is a new zero-waste shop in South Liverpool - on Facebook 
Is at Windmill Wholefoods,  162 Aigburth Rd. (see picture above)
Making a large block of plasticFacebook video

Fantastic Plastic15-min video of recycling and Upcycling plastic at the Auroville community in India

Call for Liverpool FC to ditch single-use plasticonline petition
Zero Con – Zero Waste Conference in Liverpool, 26-27th January 2019, at Make, North Docks, Liverpool
Facebook Event  - website and tickets Free Tickets - booking required
 It includes a Zero-Waste Trade Fair and other workshops and events including:-
Make Natural Soaps from Native Plants, 26th January 2019, at Make, North Docks, Liverpool - Facebook event
How to repair clothes, 26th January 2019, at Make, North Docks, Liverpool - Facebook event

Zero waste co-op to benefit from Welsh government funding
Crest Co-operative will receive £1,020,000 to expand its reuse infrastructure in Conwy and Denbighshire - article
mostly re-uses furniture, run by SCOPE - website
Iceland (supermarket) introduces reverse vending machines and recycles over 310,000 plastic bottles in 6 months. It will spread to all their stores this year. Morrisons have a similar scheme - website

 Permaculture, plants, gardening, nature
L - Water remediation by Biomatrix         R - Tending the Wild

It's that time of the year - time to think about sowing seeds again

The Seed Cooperative3 min video on Vimeo of what they do
Real Seeds Company are highly recommended - website
The Organic Catalogue - formerly Chase Organic Seeds (?) - website
Diary of a Brussels Kitchen Garden - follow on Facebook
for good advice of when and how to start your seeds.
Neil & Dina from Patch of the Planet – interviewed by Rob Watson on permaculture, building community & homeschooling
audio podcast – 90 mins
Difference Between Organic Farming and Permaculture – the Same Goals, Different Energy Flows - article
Aanandaa Farms in India: The joy of growing a food forest using Permaculture Farming – 10 minute YouTube video  Forest Permaculture in India
Burscough Community Farm have some great courses coming up, many of them about permaculture - website
Greenslate Community Farm, in Billinge, has received 50 assorted fruit trees from the “National Fruit Collection”. donated by Skelmersdale business Stackright Ltd – report
Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment (Unlike a Globalized Food System) - article
Use a large leaf and a small stick to create a seed planter Facebook video
How to Build a Hot Bed or Cold Frame - article
India planted 66 million trees in 12 hoursFacebook video
Mother Earth a 6 min video about Jane Goodall
Ecosystem Restoration Camps6 min video
Pocket parks plus: supporting parks and public spaces
We are inviting applications from community groups interested establishing a new pocket park or refurbishing an existing park. - £1 million funding available from the UK Government
RSPB big day out – Crosby beach, (Hall Road) 9 to 12am, Sunday 6th January – Facebook event
Tending the Wild: Weaving Community. 15 minute YouTube video of Native American basket weaving (see photo above)

Sunlight and Seawater - Desalinating water and growing hydroponic crops – Facebook video
Biomatrix Water Facebook Page  (see photo above)
Provide a range of services for the natural regeneration of water and water-based ecosystems using natural methods.
The Brink on Facebook
Welfare advice, every Monday, 12noon to 3pm
Meditation at the Brink – every Friday, 9am to 10.
Peace, quiet, calm, silence. Meditation every Friday 9am. Make that special bit of time for yourself to come away from the compulsive, unhelpful thoughts. Sets you up for the weekend
Guitar Lessons, various standards on different days
Next to Nowhere  - website
Every Saturday from 12noon – vegan kitchen, good food by donation
Also People’s Kitchen is Friday 18th January
Transition Waterloo on Facebook
Transition Waterloo Community Meeting - Facebook event
Monday, 14 January 2019 from 12:00-14:00, Victoria Park Pavilion
New Discount Railcard for people aged 16 to 30 - £30 a year gives 1/3 off most fares - BBC report
Arrive Happy ! – please join in this online survey
The Liverpool City Region Transport Partnership is leading the development of the Liverpool City Region Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, an ambitious strategy that sets out the long-term vision for cycling and walking in our city region.
We want a better, safer, more enjoyable network of paths and pavements to help everyone become an active traveller, and this 10-year plan is going to help us achieve it!
Two thirds of all journeys across the Liverpool City Region are less than 5km in distance, but half of them are made by car!
300 Bikes event – meet at St George’s plateau, at 11am - Sat 2nd Feb 2019 - Facebook event
Our aim is to get 300 cyclists together for a show of strength and unity, and to highlight the desire for improved cycle safety and infrastructure In Liverpool.
Liverpool, Knowsley and Halton have the worst cycling and pedestrian cycle deaths for under 18’s in the country. Why would the city want that accolade!!!
Join us at St George’s Hall, Liverpool at 11am - Sat 2nd Feb 2019. We will meet up at St George’s plateau for interviews and photos and then cycle to Mann Island via Liverpool Town hall. Please spread the word and invite your cycling friends.
L - fish to collect plastic waste                      R - China and solar power
Refugee Tents That Collect Rainwater and Store Solar Energy - invented by an inspiring woman - article from Egypt

Adelaide puts food, not development first at the top of the city-fringe menu - report

From the largest known cosmic scale to the smallest quark, and all the steps in between – Facebook video
Tesla Gigafactory to produce batteries and cars – is this the future ? - Facebook video
China installs enough solar panels to cover a football pitch every hour of every day – Facebook video
Regenerating Liverpool
New images of the proposed pedestrianisation of Lime Street “a major redesign to create a world class “gateway experience” that includes a new public square outside Lime Street station and an expanded plateau outside St George’s Hall.” - report
Save Rimrose Valley – please help by stating your preferred option in their survey

Twin your Toilet – a worldwide water and sanitation charity - website
Help someone in the developing world improve their life by having a better toilet ! Many countries to choose from !
Events etc
Mersey Waters Update – Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters are two mega-projects
Representatives of the developers will speak at this Civic Society event
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 from 17:30-19:30
At RIBA North - National Architecture Centre, 21 Mann Island, L3 1BP Liverpool
Eventbrite ticket required, costs £2 - Facebook event
Humanist Ceremonies: The Importance of Stories in Our Lives
Thursday, 31 January 2019 from 19:00-21:45, Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, L1 3BT - Facebook event
Art Club meets at Lady Lever Gallery on Sunday 6th January at 2pm to see the Quentin Blake exhibition together, and then to discuss it - Facebook event
Community Wealth Building: A new approach for Liverpool in 2019
Quaker Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT
Saturday, 23 February 2019 from 09:30-16:00. Free – Facebook event - Eventbrite registration required (this event is fully booked at the moment !!)

You are invited to join this day-long conference on Community Wealth Building, held by Liverpool, Sefton and Halton branch of the Co-Operative Party, working in partnership with Inclusive Economy Liverpool.
Following on from the perceived successes of the Cleveland Model of economic development in the USA, and the work done by Preston Council and CLES in the UK, there is increasing interest in how local regional areas can build their own economy, off the back of the spending power of large institutions that are rooted in the local area. That is what Community Wealth Building is all about.
We want to help build up a head of steam around the Community Wealth Building agenda in the Liverpool City Region. So come along on the day to learn more, listen to our keynote speakers, and take part in action-based breakout workshops throughout the day, all with the intention of giving you the skills and knowledge that will equip you to help us all grow the local economy again from the ground up, in a way that benefits the working people of the local area.
Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Co-Operative Party, this event is free for attendees, and your ticket includes a light lunch.

A full agenda is to follow in early February 2019, along with announcements of keynote speakers.
Keep Cheshire Frack Free Rally – Chester Town Hall, 9 – 11am Tuesday 15th Jan – Facebook event
Zero Con – Zero Waste Conference in Liverpool, 26-27th January 2019, at Make, North Docks, Liverpool
Facebook Event   -   website   Free Tickets - booking required
It includes a Zero-Waste Trade Fair and other workshops and events including:-
Make Natural Soaps from Native Plants, 26th January 2019, at Make, North Docks, Liverpool
How to repair clothes, 26th January 2019, at Make, North Docks, Liverpool
Wirral Food and Arts Market
Applications are open for our next market in Hoylake on 9th February and we are supersizing the food options and workshops! - on Facebook
300 Bikes event – meet at St George’s plateau, at 11am - Sat 2nd Feb 2019 - Facebook event
Our aim is to get 300 cyclists together for a show of strength and unity, and to highlight the desire for improved cycle safety and infrastructure In Liverpool.
Liverpool, Knowsley and Halton have the worst cycling and pedestrian cycle deaths for under 18’s in the country. Why would the city want that accolade!!!
Join us at St George’s Hall, Liverpool at 11am - Sat 2nd Feb 2019. We will meet up at St George’s plateau for interviews and photos and then cycle to Mann Island via Liverpool Town hall. Please spread the word and invite your cycling friends.
Community Environmental Volunteering - Free Four Week Course
at New Brighton Community Centre, 1 Hope Street, CH45 2 Liverpool
Wednesday January 30th, 1pm, and for the following 3 weeks too at some different locations - on Facebook
The course will teach basic skills for growing food plants from germination to cropping. We will identify a variety of wild plants in the local area. We will discuss how best to work in a team on gardening and environmental projects. On this course, we will explore the fundamentals of community environmentalism and how to volunteer in that sector.
The course is by Earth Moves in collaboration with Wirral Life Long Learning.
Earth Moves will supply a certificate for those completing all four sessions.
Involve Northwest “involving communities and inspiring change” - on Facebook
Whether your focus is on returning to workplace, on seeking advice and guidance for your family or making positive steps to change your life, Involve Northwest can help. We absolutely love helping you achieve your goals, whatever they may be, and we have the right people on the job to guide, advise and mentor you to success. They put on many events and courses.
Audio Portraits: Tales from the City – WEA Course starting in February, 6 sessions - booking online
On the Audio Portrait's course you will create still and moving images, audio and text to produce short compelling stories all made on a mobile phone. You will be using a combination of photography, video, audio and text in order to produce your portrait. We will take our inspiration from exhibitions at Tate Liverpool and will discuss, develop and storyboard ideas about the city we live in and how this affects and shapes our lives. This is a practical course which uses photography, video making, audio interviews and other digital story telling methods to create a finished piece.
WEA – Wonderful list of courses staring soon - website

Climate change
Climate Change & Consciousness conference at Findhorn - website
This will be live-streamed more or less continuously over the week of the event (April 20 – 26, 2019) from 09:00 – 22:00 BST daily. All streaming will be recorded and archived for later, on-demand viewing. We envisage different sizes and types of groups taking the streaming at different prices and levels of service. Subscription needed – various rates

Fantastic Plastic15-min video of recycling and Upcycling plastic at the Auroville community in India

Immunity to Climate Change - How to Overcome Humanity’s Immune Reaction to Acting on Climate Goals and How to Craft a More Inspiring Story - article
COP24 from CAT – we have agreed the rules, now let’s make a plan that works! - Blog from CAT
Teresa Ribera, Spain's minister for the ecological transition, interviewed at COP24
(why don’t we have a minister for the ecological transition ??)
Ten Things The World Learned At The COP24 Climate Change Negotiations - article
London mayor unveils plan to tackle 'climate emergency' - Sadiq Khan accuses government of dragging its feet and calls for investment to avert catastrophe – Guardian article
Only These 7 Countries Are Actually Living Up to the Paris Climate Agreement - article
Paul Allen from CAT talks to the UN - 130 models from across the world show that we can stop catastrophic climate change with technology that exists today – YouTube 7 minute presentation
Windy weather carries Britain to renewable energy record
Windfarms supplied third of UK’s electricity in the last week in Novemner, with output hitting 14.9GW high – Guardian article
Wales commits to a fossil-free future for sake of the planetreport from FoE Wales
New Year Solutions - meat, cars, clothes, water - @bbcradio4 available on listen again.
This week long radio 4 series looks at what we can individually do to reduce our carbon footprint. It has startling information e.g each meat eater uses up 4 football pitches worth of land a year to sustain a western meat eating lifestyle while vegans only use up 4 penalty boxes. The series offers some very useful facts to help convince ourselves and others to make incremental changes and to show how these add up to significant improvements. – Powering Parks campaign
Heat pumps in parks can be used to generate low carbon heat. A heat pump is a cunning device for collecting the ambient heat all around us - in the air, the ground or bodies of water - concentrating it, and pumping it into spaces we need to warm. - website
Not only does this help tackle climate change by replacing the burning of gas in boilers, but councils can save money on their heating bills and reinvest the cash to make the parks even better.
Parks are one the last places left where all sections of society mix, so it’s really exciting to be able to work with them to demonstrate what is possible in creating climate solutions.
(they did a pop-up solar park in Parliament Square !!)
New thought, new era
L - Global Extinction Rebellion demo          R - Mount Etna erupts

Transformation can be achieved without huge investment, intervention or tech – article by May East
The Hidden Promise of Our Dark Age – a talk by Joanna Macy – Online video
The Community of Living Ethics in Italy - website
Findhorn – a  movie of the founders, the garden and the guidance – 10 minute YouTube movie
Huge Mural honours indigenous women in the Andes 3 minute video
The Challenge of the Sixth Planetary Extinction by Eduard Müller (Costa Rica) - webpage
The Global Extinction Rebellion Begins - webpage
24 cognitive biases that are warping your perception of reality - article
Kick ‘em all out! Citizens’ Assemblies and the next democratic revolution - article
Brexit: stage one in Europe’s slow-burn energy collapse - The Brexit fiasco and French riots are accelerating symptoms of Europe’s earth system crisis - article
Antifragile by Nassim Taleb – animated book review - 7 min video
Triodos Bank's director of strategy explains the new UN Principles for Responsible Banking. - article
The Beginning is Near: The Marriage of Science and Spirituality - article
Take Heart: 9 Encouraging Signs A New World Culture Is Being Born - article
How to build a paradise for women. A lesson from Iceland - article
The suburbs are the spiritual home of overconsumption. But they also hold the key to a better future – article
Paper promises: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70 – New Internationalist article

We should be much more worried about an ecological crash than a financial crash Low Impact Article
Part 2 What do we do about the coming ecological crash ? – Low Impact Article
How do we grow the community-supported agriculture sector? Maresa Bossano, co-ordinator of the UK CSA Network – Low Impact Article
Can we build a platform co-op to challenge Über? Interview with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation – Low Impact Article
Sociocracy – can this help communities make decisions
What do intentional communities struggle with in their decision-making? How can sociocracy give relief to communities? - 30- minute webinar video
Global Debt hits new record $184,000,000,000,000 (an average of £84.000 per person) - article

Science News – Climate change
New Scientist reports the latest information about climate change (22/29 December issue, p 31)
To stand any chance of reaching the limit of 1.5’C warming above pre-industrial levels, greenhouse gas emissions need to start falling immediately.
However, they are still increasing – they rose by 3% in 2018, and look set to have the same rise in 2019.
The amount of energy from renewable sources is rising fast, but worldwide only ¼ of the rise in energy usage in 2018 was met by renewables.
So, renewables need to grow much faster just to match the rises in energy use, and we are nowhere near to turning the corner and decreasing the amount of stuff that we burn every year.
This is composed of oil, gas, coal, and also wood.
Wood burning is a problem that no-one is tackling – it is all very well for people who live in woods and forests to use wood as their main fuel – you can’t really argue with that. However, we are importing huge amounts of wood into this country to use in wood-fired power stations. 1 ton of wood emits the same amount of CO2 as a ton of oil, and it “dirtier”.
We need to stop doing this too !
Artist of the month
This month is Daria Hlazatova - her website
Daria Hlazatova is an artist and illustrator based in Ukraine, whose passion lies in drawing and creating handmade collages.
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 recent Essential Guide to doing Transition .
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