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Transition Liverpool Newsletter, July 2019
 
Transition Liverpool
           
Transition Café
            Transition Soup
            Other Transition Groups
Co-housing, buildings, cooperatives, community, etc
            Land and Planning
            Cohousing and CLT’s
            Eco-Housing  
            Community
Nature, permaculture, food, etc
            Local news
            Permaculture
            Floral Meadows and Wildlife gardening
            Trees and Wilderness
            Agriculture and food production
Plastic, Waste, Recycling
            Zero Waste, Reduce waste
            Plastics
            Recycling
Our Favourites
           
SDG’s, UN news and 2030 hub
            Million Stars
            Power to Change
            The Brink
            Year of the Environment
Local Events around Liverpool
Events and Festivals elsewhere
Health and Wellbeing
Arts, Crafts, Culture, etc.

            Local
            Elsewhere
Climate Change
Energy
Sustainability
New Thought
          
Science News
Artist of the Month
Newsletter Information
 

Transition Liverpool
Transition Café
 
Soil Health is the topic for our next Transition Café on Wednesday 10th July 2019. The evening begins at 6.30 with free soup which is cooked by one of our members. It's a bonus if you are able to bring some food to share !
This is followed by two talks on soil, beginning soon after 7pm.
The first talk will be given by Bryan Irving about the work of a pioneering soil biologist, Dr Elaine Ingham, who describes what is known as the Soil Food Web and how 'dirt' can quickly be turned into fertile soil by understanding the role of micro-organisms. 
The second talk will be given via Skype from New Zealand. Stephen Tansey will present the work of his colleague, Andreas Kurmann. Andreas has studied some of the problems in farming in New Zealand caused by modern farming methods. The presentation will include solutions they hope to implement.
 

Transition Soup
This month’s soup at the Transition meeting will be White Onion Soup. The ingredients are
  • 1 cup potato chopped
  • 2 cups white onion chopped
  • Butter oil or or vegetable spread
  • Vegetable Stock ( I use low salt Marigold)
  • Herbs. Oregano and Bay. Grated nutmeg. Salt and black pepper.
  • Milk or vegetable milk to achieve your desired consistency.
Method
Gently fry onion in fat without browning. Add potatoes and herbs, seasoning, a small pinch of nutmeg and  water to cover. 
When done remove bay leaf, liquidise, add milk and reheat.
 

Other Local Transition Groups
 
Transition Waterloo on Facebook 
 
Community CANoodle, with CAN Waterloo and Transition Waterloo, 27th July at CAN Café 11 - 5pm – Facebook event


West Kirby Transition Town on Facebook 
The Transition West Kirby programme for July is:-
9th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
11th – Storyfest – Story performance night – West Kirby Library
11th – The Making Space Group (Creative Counsel) – Making Space
13th – High Tidiers Litter Pick – West Kirby Beach
13th – Incredible Edible – Grange Park
15th – Incredible Edible – Meeting – West Kirby Library
16th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
18th – Storyfest – Tales of the Earth storytelling workshop – Hilbre Island
23rd – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
25th – Incredible Edible – Grange Park
25th – Inner Transition Reading Group, Making Space
27th – West Kirby Farmers’ Market – St Andrew’s Church
28th – High Tidiers Litter Pick – Slip Road, end of Stanley Rd, Hoylake
30th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
 

Transition Northwich Have a very active Facebook page !!
Transition St Helens on Facebook
NW transition network on Facebook
 

Co-housing, housing, community, etc

Merseyside Cohousing report
Once again we have to say that we are working on things behind the scenes, but we are not ready to go public yet, and our new plan will emerge soon …..
 

Land and Planning
 
After urging land reform I now know the brute power of our billionaire press Guardian article about “Land for the People” by George Monbiot

It’s time for communities to take control of Britain’s land – recommendations for Labour’s “Land for the Many: report – internet report

Comments on the Labour report by the director of the CLT network 

Victory on Leasehold and Ground rents - The Government has announced it will exempt all community led housing development, including CLTs, from the forthcoming ban on leasehold houses and ground rents. In a huge victory for the CLT movement, this will mean that communities can continue to use the leasehold system ethically to provide and protect affordable houses, and to steward land for community benefit. – CLT Network website
 

Empty Shops. Towns across the country will benefit from a new scheme which will see landlords turn their empty shops into vibrant community hubs open to the public.  - .GOV report
 

New Government advice for Local Councils about how they deal with planning applications for older people’s housing / co-housing, and also how to include provisions for it in their local plan. .GOV site

Cohousing and CLT’s
 
Towards a new kind of municipalism – a blog on the way CLT’s and cohousing can help with the housing crisis – CLT Network website
 

Three simple tools to build a productive relationship with your council CLT Network website
 

Transnational community land trust peer to peer held in London – a blog by one of the organisers as folk from across North-West Europe came together to exchange their CLT knowledge and experience. – CLT Network website
 

Eco-Housing
 
Swedish couple surround their house with a greenhouse so they can grown food and keep warm all year
- internet report

 

Beyond Retro – A couple have implemented hundreds of eco-innovations in their Victorian house in Manchester, making it one of Europe’s most efficient buildings - Positive News article

Community
 
Project Q – proposed new eco-village based on Quaker principles, near Penzance - see their website for more info
 

Auroville community in India is now 50 years oldweb report
 

Buy latest issue of the Findhorn Eko Currencyvisit this webpage for more information

Key to a happy retirement? fun housemates – BBC report on retirement house-sharing
 

Community Potential ?? Abandoned development in Turkey of fairy tale “princess” castles – 1 min video

Food, gardens, etc
L - Floral roadsides in Rotherham              R Floral Meadow at the World Museum
Local news
 
Squash Nutrition won the BBC Food & Farming Award for Best Shop 2019!
Visit their website and/or get their newsletter to find out more

 

Netherton Community Garden – Feelgood Factory is on Facebook
Netherton in Bloom 11th July - please help !
August 8th – Grand Summer Fair on Facebook 

September 7th Flower and Produce show on Facebook 
 

Refill are looking for a little shop of our own in the South Liverpool area...please help us if you can. They are a zero-waste food supplier ….. Please visit them on Facebook for more information and if you can help
 

Permaculture
 
National Permaculture Convergence is in Oxford in September – see the site for advance info
 

Urban Shift is putting on a 5 day intensive exploration of the practical, social and economic applications of urban Permaculture - short course from Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9am to Sunday, July 21, 2019 5pm in Bristol. - see their website
 

Floral Meadows and Wildlife gardening
 
Rotherham have planted 8 miles of road verges with wild flowers (see photo above). There is more information on their council website about the scheme
 

Wildlife Gardening Forum on Facebook
 

Trees and Wilderness
 
Wild Imagination, by Geneen Marie Haugen – internet article
“Go forth onto the land”—and reanimate the world

 

Planting Trees as Resistance and Empowerment: The Remarkable Illustrated Story of Wangari Maathai, the First African Woman to Win the Nobel Peace Prize – internet article with great illustrations by Aurelia Fronty (see Artist of the Month)

Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest – website report
 

Can planting billions of trees save the planet? - Organisations from around the world are reforesting at an unprecedented rate – Guardian Article
 

Tree-planting in England falls 71% short of government target - New figures show 1,420 hectares were planted in year to March 2019 against target of 5,000 - Guardian Article

Agriculture and food production
 
Triodos Bank calls for complete overhaul of our food and agriculture systems - see their website report

Food, Farming and the Climate Crisis – Landworkers Alliance Report – PDF download
 

Fleet Farming volunteers go off on bikes to do small-scale local farming – people donate the use of their gardens for intensive gardening and get a share of the crops – they hope to spread their model …. Facebook video
 

Getting started with fishing for food: - Part 1 – gear – Low Impact article
Part 2 – When and where? = Low Impact article
 

The Wool Journey Part 15: the final wool yarn package and packaging – Low Impact article
 

The Mushroom Guide Part 7: preparing mushroom spawn (2) – Low Impact article
 

Why farm hedge trimming needs to change Low Impact article
 

In the meadow: rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary – Low Impact article
 

Most 'meat' in 2040 will not come from dead animals, says report. Consultants say 60% will be grown in vats or plant-based products that taste like meat – Guardian article
 

Plastics, Waste, Recycling
L - the problem       R - some of the first Plastic Tactics recycled coasters

Plastics, Zero Waste and Recycling group meeting. Join our Facebook group. We are having a meeting at DoES on Thursday 11th July at 7.30, at 1st Floor, The Tapestry, 68-76 Kempston St (behind TJ Hughes up London Rd)
This is a repeat of the successful Transition meeting we had in November 2018, and we hope the speakers from then will give progress reports
  • Arthur Rowland from Plastic Tactics (plastic recycling machinery)  on Facebook
  • Julie Ann Parker from Million Stars (sustainable events and tent recycling after festivals)  on Facebook 
  • Emily Gleaves (Waste Not Want Not plastic free shop, Eco-Bricks, water refill app) main Facebook page
We hope people from some other projects can come along too to create mutual support and help build up a network
 

Zero Waste, Reduce waste
 
Our main local projects are:-

Waste Not Want Not plastic free shop in Birkenhead Market main Facebook page
Refill at Windmill Wholefoods on Facebook
Little World cafe on Dunnings Bridge Road, Bootle – on Facebook
CAN Café in Waterloo on Facebook
Please let us know of any other waste free shops or businesses
 

Plastic Free July – try the challenge – visit their website
 

Can you detox your plastic life and smash the MCS Plastic Challenge? – Low Impact article

 

Refill Waste-Free shop is looking for a little shop of our own in the South Liverpool area...please help them find one if you can – on Facebook
 

Plastics
 
Plastic Tactics is  on Facebook
They have been busy building new crushers and injection moulding machines, and doing stalls at Africa Oye and Makefest. They are going to move to a refurbished container soon --- follow them on Facebook or watch this space
 

Reciprocity Wirral is on Dock Rd Birkenhead - they do paint recycling, sell part-used tins of paint, sell slightly damaged kitchen and bathroom equipment, all at super-bargain prices - follow them on Facebook for special offers
 

Turning plastics into paving blocks (with tar ? probably illegal here ?) – Facebook video
 

City to Sea is a plastics campaign based in Bristol - they produce a good newsletter too – Facebook page
 

River Mersey is more polluted with microplastics than any other river in the UK, claims a study into the problem. – BBC report
 

What happens to our waste plastic ? – full BBC series episode 1 - War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita
 

How you're recycling plastic wrong, from coffee cups to toothpaste. If you don’t clean your recycling, it can harm more than it helps. And that icon with the arrows is virtually meaningless – Guardian report
 
Canada to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021
BBC report
 

Humans have made 8.3bn tons of plastic since 1950. This is the illustrated story of where it's gone – Guardian illustrated article
 

Great Pacific garbage patch: giant plastic trap puts to sea again
Floating boom is designed to trap 1.8tn items of plastic without harming marine life – but it broke apart last time – Guardian report

 

Recycling
 
John Lewis launches in-store returns for containers from beauty products – internet report
(Bodyshop and others may do this too !?
 

Nice video about recycling tyres1 min Facebook video

 

Revive Eco in Scotland is making products from coffee waste to replace palm oil – coffee oil is very useful. A part of the new circular economy – see their website
 

What happens to our recycling after it’s been collected by our Council ? – 3 min BBC video
 
Our Favourites
2030 hub, SDG’s,  UN news 2030 hub on Facebook
 
Impact Investing for the Local and Global Goals, 2 to 4 pm on July 11th at the Hope St Hotel
Organised by the 2030Hub – it’s a workshop on investing (your) money to help achieve global and local goals. Supported by the Department for International Development, who are running the Investing in a Better World project. Free, Eventbrite booking requested

 

NGO Network Analyzes UK’s Contribution to International Achievement of SDGs web report, full PDF can be downloaded
  • The Bond network analyzes the impact of UK official development assistance, other UK international policies, and the international footprint of its domestic policies on global achievement of the SDGs.
  • The report highlights examples of policy incoherence, such as the UK’s continued fossil fuel subsidies alongside its support for countries in the Global South to move to greener models of energy production.
  • The report calls on the UK government to promote national and local ownership of the SDGs domestically and through its aid policies.
8 Reasons to be Cheerful (about the SDG’s) internet article by the director of UKSSD
 

Global Risks Report 2019 by the World Economic Program visit the website for a summary and download
 

UN high Level Political Forum runs from the 9th to 18th July and includes  the 3-day ministerial forum.
This is the main world forum for implementing and reporting on the SDGs
. UN website
The theme will be "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". Six of the goals will be reviewed in depth this year.
The Cycle of Conferences is a world-wide citizen meditation and study group that runs in parallel to the UN conferences = see the Lucis Trust website if you are interested
 

A Million Stars - on Facebook
  • Urban Bee-keeping program
  • Provides the camping equipment for mini-festivals of all types – hen, stag, birthday
  • Sustainable events workshops
 
Introduction to Sustainable Events (in Manchester) on July 16th, 6pm – Facebook event
 

Family Summer Camp in Tarleton, Southport, July 26th to 28th Facebook event
 

Power to Change
Power to change is the main national organiser and funder of community and “change” at the moment
 

Next Generation Community Energy Programme - Grants of up to £100k for community groups to work on new energy business models - see their website
 

More than a Pub - Expert advice plus grants and loans for community groups who wish to take ownership of their local pub - see their website
 

Community Wealth Building Centre of Excellence has been launched by CLES and Power to Change, as our economy is failing to work for everyone.- see the CLES website
 

The State of the Community Energy Sector – annual report has just been published - see their website
 

The Brink - on Facebook
 

“Thai Boxercise”  Tuesday evening’s at 7pm A fitness class that collaborates the basics of Thai Boxing and fitness. This is a FREE class for anyone to join in with.
 

NVC at the Brink – July 10th and every second Wednesday

Men’s Talk – every Wednesday from 6.30 to 8pm
 
Plus lots more, including legal and benefits advice, family support, football training, non alcohol bar – visit their Facebook page for details
 

Energy work, dreams and fairy tales in our relationships. Evening workshop at the Brink, Thursday, 25 July 2019 from 17:30-19:15 - Facebook event
 

Year of the Environment
 
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
Calendar of general activities on their website

Greenspace and Wildlife activities and events list - on Eventbrite
 

Refill - on Facebook
 

Water Bottle Refills.  Do you run a venue or outlet in South Liverpool and have the capacity to offer water bottle refills? – please contact Refill who are trying to get his going in the area
 

Refill Waste-Free shop is looking for a little shop of our own in the South Liverpool area...please help them find one if you can – on Facebook
 

Local events around Liverpool
 
Women’s Festival of Cycling – Wirral Bike ride is on Saturday 3rd August, 9.30 to 4pm. Free, Eventbrite Booking requested
We‘d love you to come and join us for a free day of cycling around the Wirral Circular Trail. The ride will be done at a steady pace with café stops to rest and eat cake! The route covers a relatively flat 35 miles along the Wirral coastline and the Wirral Way, mainly on good off road tracks or quiet roads. What’s more, our network of female Ride Leaders will guide you along the trails and roads so you can just pedal away, make new friends and enjoy the ride. Visit the link for full information.


Women's Festival of Cycling - Puncture Repair & M-Check Workshop – July 17th, 6.30pm, £10 – Eventbrite booking needed
 

Local Welcome is starting up in Liverpool – once a month you pay £5 for your own meal and a meal for a refugee – help needed, see their website
 

Netherton Community Garden – Feelgood Factory - is on Facebook
Netherton in Bloom  is on 11th July - please help !
Grand Summer Fair - Facebook event is on August 8th
Flower and Produce show - Facebook event is on September 7th
 

Raising the Ralla Guided Tour, July 12th and 13th, 3 – 5pm both days, includes other local sites Facebook event
 

Bootle Music Festival – 6th and 7th July – at the Lock and Quay – Booking needed
 

Sefton Young Advisors are now recruiting – see their website
Sefton CVS wants to appoint new members to its team of Young Advisors, who help local organisations to understand the interests of young people, and how to get their message across to them in a more youth-friendly way. These are paid positions for 15 to 21-year-olds,
 

Community CANoodle, with CAN Waterloo and Transition Waterloo, 27th July at CAN Café 11 - 5pm – Facebook event
 

Jospice Garden Party (St Joseph’s Hospice), Saturday 13th July – see their Facebook page or their website
 

Birkenhead Priory has a special exhibition on until 22nd September - “Forest” in collaboration with the Open Eye Gallery – see the website for opening times
Forest looks at the modern practice of moving ancient trees into new places, or planting trees in climates that do not welcome them. In recent years, developers in China have been transplanting old trees into new leisure developments, in an attempt to create a feeling of ready-made authenticity. The trees often die in the process of being moved, or adapt poorly to their new climate.
 

Art Club visits 'Rembrandt in Print' in the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on Sunday 7th July, 2pm to 3.30 - see the Facebook page.
 

Woodside station scale model –how Woodside was before the station closed and everything changed –  80 sec Youtube video of some great model-making !!
 

Croxteth Community Garden – has got the use of some land and needs lots of help - follow them on Facebook
"We are currently in the process of creating a Community Garden in Croxteth where people will be able to grow fruit and vegetables, help out, and take what they need. We are waiting to finalise the location, but we are starting from nothing so really need the community to help get us off the ground. Please get in touch if you can volunteer your time or skills, or if you have garden equipment to donate to us." - (see the advert in a later section)
 

Refill Zero-Waste shop are looking for a little shop of our own in the South Liverpool area...please help us if you can. They are a zero-waste food supplier ….. Please visit them on Facebook for more information and if you can help
 

Events and Festivals elsewhere
 
Open Credit Network. Come and visit this Low Impact public event on the July 18th in London -– Low Impact article
 

Decentralised collaboration, Paul Mason and more: see you at OPEN 2019 ? – Low Impact article
 

Global GeneralClimateStrike - September 20th Facebook event
The UK Student Climate Network is calling on everyone to join us in a global general climate strike. We will be joining people all around the world in what's set to be a massive day of climate action.
 

Northern Rebellion, from 30th August to 3rd September, organised by XR Manchester with trainings, talks, etc. – Facebook event
 

Our Money, Our Planet – Free workshop in Manchester, July 16th, 10.30am – Eventbrite booking requested
 

Living the New Story – online workshop from Findhorn -  book on the website, variable costs
The eight-month journey from 12 September 2019 to 2 April 2020 is made up of 8 live sessions, session videos, study guides, private Facebook group, free Zoom connection to self-organise. Much more info on the website
 

Health and Wellbeing
 
"Our mental health and well-being is not what it should be", stated NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Interesting video about their Well-being program to reduce high rates of suicide and homelessness – video on Facebook

 

Wellbeing should replace growth as 'main aim of UK spending'. Ex-civil service chief says spending review is an opportunity to focus on health and happiness – Guardian article
 

Women’s Festival of Cycling – Wirral Bike ride is on Saturday 3rd August, 9.30 to 4pm. Free, Eventbrite Booking requested
We‘d love you to come and join us for a free day of cycling around the Wirral Circular Trail. The ride will be done at a steady pace with café stops to rest and eat cake! The route covers a relatively flat 35 miles along the Wirral coastline and the Wirral Way, mainly on good off road tracks or quiet roads. What’s more, our network of female Ride Leaders will guide you along the trails and roads so you can just pedal away, make new friends and enjoy the ride. Visit the link for full information.
 

92 year-old goalkeeper - all about the benefit of playing walking football as you get older – 3 min video
 
Art, craft, culture, etc
L. el Autobus - free show at Tate North -     R. Politicians discuss global warming sculpture
Local
'Evolution' is a new exhibition at RIBA North by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, 26th June to 3rd August – see their website for more details
 

Art Club visits 'Rembrandt in Print' in the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight on Sunday 7th July, 2pm to 3.30 - see the Facebook page.
 

MAD Summer Workshops – Merseyside Academy of Drama – see the website for details
 

Birkenhead Priory has a special exhibition on until 22nd September - “Forest” in collaboration with the Open Eye Gallery – see the website for opening times
Forest looks at the modern practice of moving ancient trees into new places, or planting trees in climates that do not welcome them. In recent years, developers in China have been transplanting old trees into new leisure developments, in an attempt to create a feeling of ready-made authenticity. The trees often die in the process of being moved, or adapt poorly to their new climate.
 

Woodside station scale model –how Woodside was before the station closed and everything changed –  80 sec YouTube video of some great model-making !!

El Autobús by Sol Calero – new installation has opened at Tate North – it’s immersive and colourful and free – Tate webpage 
 

RIBA North offers 5 different walking tours of the architecture of the city – see their website
 

Elsewhere / Online

Tyre Recycling / Works of ArtFacebook video
 

Bristol Cloth – a revival of cloth–making in Bristol – Positive News article
 

Massive sand pictures on a beach – 3 min Facebook video
 

92 year-old goalkeeper - all about the benefit of playing walking football as you get older – 3 min Facebook video
 

Boris Johnson tries to explain what he does in his spare time ! - it’s making model buses from cardboard boxes – 1 min Facebook video

Climate Change
L. Refill you water bottle             R. Croxteth Community Garden needs some help
 
The Climate Crisis: What Next in Wirral ? – put on by the Cool Wirral Partnership, on July 10th. There are 2 short workshops, in the afternoon and evening - both events are at Hulme Hall, 23, Bolton Rd., Port Sunlight
Afternoon event 2 to 4pm, Eventbrite booking 

Evening event, 7 to 9pm, Eventbrite booking 
 

1 million women – is a group for green and climate change issues - Facebook page (Australian based)
 

Infographic of sea-level rises needed to submerge some major world cities – from Information is Beautiful website
 

Food, Farming and the Climate Crisis – Landworkers Alliance Report – PDF download
 

Newcastle Hospitals declare climate emergency  - news on their website
 

UK citizens’ assembly on climate emergency announced
MPs launch assembly plan but environmental activists say its conclusions must be binding – Guardian report

 

Liverpool announces £2m boost for cycling and walking routes BBC report
The announcement follows a report to the city council by the authority's cycling champion Simon O'Brien.  Mr O'Brien, who recommended a network of routes connecting Liverpool's green spaces, said cycling tackles key social issues like "climate change and obesity".
 

Car-free day in London to tackle air pollution - Event will take place on 22 September across 18 boroughs, with road closures and events - Guardian report
 

Global GeneralClimateStrike - September 20thFacebook event
The UK Student Climate Network is calling on everyone to join us in a global general climate strike. We will be joining people all around the world in what's set to be a massive day of climate action.
 

Northern Rebellion, from 30th August to 3rd September, organised by XR Manchester with trainings, talks, etc. – Facebook event
 

Croxteth Community Garden – has got some land and needs lots of help - see the list above - Facebook page
We are currently in the process of creating a Community Garden in Croxteth where people will be able to grow fruit and vegetables, help out, and take what they need. We are waiting to finalise the location, but we are starting from nothing so really need the community to help get us off the ground. Please get in touch if you can volunteer your time or skills, or if you have garden equipment to donate to us.
 

UK climate emergency: What does it mean for how we live? BBC Wales report
 

What will it take for the UK to reach net zero emissions? - We will have to change almost everything, from our homes to our meals – Guardian report
 

Joining the dots of the climate crisis with Matthew Slater– Low Impact article
 

Fossil Free is a global organisation which produces a great bite-sized newsletter – visit their website and
sign up for the newsletter

 

Investors with $34 trillion demand urgent climate change actionReuters exclusive report
 

Canadian Permafrost melts 70 years earlier than expected news report
 

Anchorage Alaska temperature reaches 90’F for the first time in recorded history – news report
 

Energy
 
Pioneering energy clubs are being created in and around Brixton, south London, to deliver cheap, green electricity to low-income households on pre-payment meters who struggle to afford their power bills. They hope to roll this out around the country.
Article from Permaculture Magazine
 

Fiddlers Ferry Power Station will close soon  -it's near Warrington . This is one of the last coal-fired power stations still running. BBC report.
 

38’ petition to prevent VAT rises on Solar and Storage productsplease sign !!
 

Clean electricity overtaking fossil fuels in Britain BBC report
 

.GOV Petition - Convert fossil fuel subsidies into subsidies for renewable energy - please visit the site and sign it
 

Sustainability
 
Donate your out-grown Wirral school uniforms to Wirral FUSS and reduce textile landfill – see their website
 

10 Tips for Going Zero Waste in Your Officeweb article
 

St Helens Council has a great page of water bottle refill locations - see their website
Refill Wirral has a mobile phone app with full listing of all Refill locations in Wirral, and a Facebook page with news as new listings are added

Sustainable Living Brands delivered record 75% of Unilever's 2018 turnover growth – web report

6 ways to be sustainable at Festivals this summer – Independent article

New Thought
 
Which behaviours fuel an innovative culture in government? NESTA toolkit
 

Will Facebook’s Libra coin conquer the world ? Low Impact article
 

Reflections on the CTRLshift gathering – an emergency summit for change, by Dave Darby – CTRL-shift website
 

Happy Museum Project has produced “The Story of Change” which is a workshop approach to planning and reviewing the difference your group wants to make and how ! see their website
 

The world is broken—and human kindness is the only solutioninternet article
 

The new left economics: how a network of thinkers is transforming capitalism – Guardian article
 

Activism Revisited: Conscious Participation and Collective Intelligence internet article
 

6 Steps for Designing Healthy Citieswebsite article
 

How to take over your town: the inside story of a local revolution – Guardian article about a range of new initiatives in local politics

Science News
L.  Windy.com map of the local weather on Friday      R. Marine Traffic map from Friday of boats in port

Wonders of the modern world – Real-time global mapping

Weather websites this new site called "Windy"  shows satellite mapping of all the main features of the weather – wind, rain, temperature, thunder, etc. A friend tells me that the circles on the map that extend out after a lightning strike exactly match the arrival of the thunder - I look forward to seeing this for myself
Perhaps this is even better than my former favourite Lightning maps
 
Marine traffic maps - website
Air Traffic map - website 
 
For the air and marine sites, in each case you can click on the ship or plane and get all the information about them, so you can find out where that plane overhead has come from, where it is going, how high it is, and you can see the planes move in real time. Obviously the boats are slower !!


GPS satellite positions on this site plus lots of other brilliant stuff
Heavens Above also has lots of similar amazing stuff on their website
 
For species mapping (plans, birds, animals etc). the NBN Atlas website seems to be the core resource (National Biodiversity Network)
 
The MAGIC database is being developed by DEFRA - visit the site
The MAGIC website provides authoritative geographic information about the natural environment from across government. The information covers rural, urban, coastal and marine environments across Great Britain. It is presented in an interactive map which can be explored using various mapping tools that are included.

Solar Flare “rains” material back into the sun – great 1 min Facebook video

Artist of the Month
Aurelia Fronty trained in Paris, and is a well-known illustrator – see the Purple Rain website for more information

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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