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

Extinction Rebellion
Climate Change
Co-Housing, Co-operatives, Housing, Sustainable building
Recycling, Zero-waste, Plastics, etc
Nature, Food, Gardening, etc.
Year of the Environment 2019
The Brink
            Next to Nowhere
            Earth Moves
            Heartsong Willow
            2030 Hub

National Events
Local Events
Courses and Trainings
Local News and Comment
Vegetarian and Zero-Waste cafes
Green News
Arts, Crafts and Culture
Community Development
Money and Economics
New Thought
Science News
Artist of the Month

Transition Liverpool
Transition Café Wednesday 8th May - Plants and insects

This month there are three speakers who will look at some of the key climate related aspects of plants and insects.
  • Annie Moss will talk about her experience of setting up as a bee-keeper and will bring in some of the important climate risks for bees and for our crops.
  • Quaker attender Dennis Richards will be talking about plant and insect conservation - where are we now and what we can do to halt the decline in plant and insect diversity. Dennis studied Zoology at Oxford University in the 1970s and is a former editor of Green Christians. He now works in Liverpool as a therapist and tutor. We know very little about the distribution of insects on Merseyside.
  • Will Goodwin will talk about Plant mapping.
Transition Café begins with soup and "bring and share" vegetarian food at 6.30 and the presentations will begin around 7.15. It is held at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane. We look forward to seeing you there.
Follow Transition Liverpool on Facebook

Transition Soup of the Month

Spinach soup
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic
Large packet of spinach or six large handfuls of fresh picked
1 cup sorrel and/or watercress
2 cups chopped potato or cream/soya cream to thicken
Vegetable stock and seasoning including nutmeg if to your taste
Gently fry onions and garlic till translucent
Add 2 pints water, stock and potatoes and simmer till soft. I use vegetable stock cube and Marigold stock powder.
Add greens and simmer for a few minutes only 
Add a pinch of grated or powdered nutmeg and blend adding more water or milk/ vegetable milk to adjust thickness.
Add cream if used just before serving 
Gardening and Health Notes
“Perpetual Spinach “ and sorrel are very easy to grow in a small garden or large container and I have sorrel seedlings to share as well as seeds later in the season. Watercress is also easily raised and I will bring a few rooted stalks which you can grow on. They just need to be kept moist and don’t require running water. They self seed freely as well as spreading via roots in their stalks. I grow mine in the garden among the flowers.
Spinach contains Vitamin K, A and C, as well as folate, manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium. Studies have also shown that spinach helps maintain vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity. One cup of sorrel provides more than your daily requirement of vitamins A and C, along with high amounts of potassium and iron. Watercress contains potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and large amounts of K. It is credited with being  to be “superfood” and helps prevent cancer and heart disease.

Local Transition Groups

Transition Waterloo - on Facebook 
Meet them at lots of events in Waterloo and Crosby and at the Little World opening

Little World Market is on Dunning’s Bridge Rd, Bootle (very close to Switch Island) – Facebook page
Official Launch party tickets Sunday 26th May 2019 - £5 adults please book online

Transition St Helens - on Facebook 
West Kirby Transition Town - on Facebook 
West Kirby Programme for May – see their Facebook page for more info ……
5th – High Tidiers Litter Pick – West Kirby Beach
7th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
11th – Incredible Edible – Grange Park
14th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
16th – Creative Counsel / Give Mend or Take Away – Making Space
17th – Homegrown Bananas – Sweet Pea Café
18th – High Tidiers Litter Pick – West Kirby Beach
21st – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
23rd – Incredible Edible – Grange Park and Apple Avenue
24th – An Evening of Storytelling with Andy Johnson – St Bridget’s Church Centre
25th – West Kirby Farmers’ Market – St Andrew’s Church
30th – Inner Transition Reading Group – Making Space

Transition Northwich - on Facebook  
NW transition network - on Facebook  
UK National Transition Network - on Facebook  And main website

Extinction Rebellion
UK Parliament Declares Climate Change EmergencyBBC report
Though this is not yet government policy, it is a motion in Parliament proposed by Labour and passed without any opposition

Jonathan Pie XR video report

Police Stretched by Climate ProtestsBBC report

Trio charged over train protest and are denied bail - Guardian Report

At the start of the week, when it was “hot news” - BBC Report

Gradually, it dropped from the headlines and down the BBC news page day by day, rising again briefly with Emma Thompson and Greta Thunberg and the Banksy mural. That’s the “News” for you.  About 1100 arrests, but I can’t find an exact figure now

Main Links

Extinction Rebellion main Facebook page
Extinction rebellion – new main website to subscribe to their excellent newsletter
Tends to have meetings at short notice – please follow your local group on Facebook !!

XR Liverpool on Facebook
XR Wirral on Facebook


International Mother’s Day march in London, May 12th  - on Facebook
XR Circle of Counsel – a time to reflect, May 12th - on Facebook 
Power Beyond Borders: Mass Action Camp, July 26th to 31st, SE England with “Reclaim the Power” - on Facebook 

Discussions and Articles

Jem Bendell’s Opening Speech at Extinction Rebellion, London, 15 April 2019 – video and transcript
“Today is the start of a broader rebellion against business as usual.”

Extinction Rebellion Scorecard – what did it achieve ?in the Guardian

“Die-in’s” around the globe - in the Guardian

The Naked Truth good article by one of the House of Commons naked protestors

Only Rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse by George Monbiot in the Guardian
Climate Change
UK Parliament declares Climate Emergency !! (however, strictly speaking this does not legally compel the government to act) – BBC report

Greenpeace Online Petition to declare a climate emergency - online petition

Scotland will declare Climate Emergency – Nicola Sturgeon states at SNP conference – internet report

Merseyside Environment Trust website
Climate Change and the Media, panel discussion/debate - Thursday 6th June, 7.30pm-9.15pm @ Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool City Centre (The Fifth Annual Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate), featuring
  • Helen Pidd, North of England Editor, The Guardian [Chair].
  • Kevin Gopal, Editor, Big Issue North.
  • Dr Neil Gavin, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Liverpool.
Please visit the website to book, and also book for Green Drinks before the meeting

Greta Thunberg’s full speech to the UK Parliament video with transcript
24 minute interview with Greta - online video

Climate Change and Consciousness. Daily Video reports from the recent Findhorn conference on this webpage

What will you say to your Grandchildren ? by Jeremy Lent – online article

Campaign for Merseyside Pension Fund to divest from fossil industries please contact your councillor to take action about this - four of the local councils have £387 million invested in fossil fuels by their pension funds !! Organised by Fossil Free Merseyside

Climate Warning from Legal & General Investment Management which manages £1 trillion worth of UK pension fund investments.
Its climate warning was the top of a list of concerns about the way companies are run. "Legal & General insist that it is not just virtue signalling." - BBC report


Co-Housing, Cooperatives, Housing, Sustainable building

Our co-housing is still becalmed – different people have different ideas, but there is not much movement at the moment – we’re trying to send out a newsletter, and we’ll get there eventually ……… sorry for the delay !

Diggers and Dreamers is a good site if you are looking for places in communities, etc.
They have recently reported on two large properties for sale, suitable for communities – one in Broadstairs, Kent, one near Lampeter West Wales

Want to learn about straw-bale building? More news on the ESBG 2019 (European Straw Bale Gathering) In Todmorden, 15-18th August – Low Impact article

The Street in Bicester – this is a Channel4 “Grand Designs” documentary  on 10 households who embark on an epic five-year mission to construct their own homes, creating a brand-new street in Britain's biggest self-build project.  We hear it’s very good !!

Confederation of Co-operative Housing (CCH) annual conference is on May 10th to 11th in Kenilworth Warwicks, with excellent speakers. Facebook event

Chapeltown Co-Housing in Leeds has started building !! ChaCo are open to investers too
See their website for details of the terms for this


Community Housing Fund – apparently they are disappointed with the number of applications receive – perhaps it would be good to contact Homes England, even if it’s only with an expression of interest - main .GOV site for information

Masonry Stove construction course in Suffolk, July 9th to 13th Facebook event

Integral City. Marilyn Hamilton talks to Alex Howard about her book Integral City and the relationships between city life and inner work. 25 min YouTube video
She catalyzes city well-being through living, evolutionary, whole systems approaches. Generating courageous community dialogue, deliberation and design, she helps people discover invisible options for complex issues, using interdisciplinary actions, ideas, relationships and systems.

Birmingham Anchor Network gets under way – trying to do Community Wealth Building at 6 key anchor institutions – online report

Community Led Homes for all - 10th & 11th May 2019 CCH Annual Conference in Kenilworth – website for booking

Enabler Hub Grant fund is now open – see the Community Led Homes - CLH website

Church of England launches commission to find sites for affordable homes - report

Hartwyn free natural building course: 2019 applications now open – Low Impact article
In Suffolk, June 1st – September 23rd 2019

The UK 2070 Commission event in Wigan. They are conducting an inquiry into spatial inequalities across the country. Briefly speaking, spatial inequalities are the social, economic and environmental consequences of uneven city and regional development, which result from inadequate spatial planning and management. The overarching objective of the inquiry is to move towards a sustainable and ‘people-centred’ national framework to tackle long-standing problems of inequality and create change for the future.
Inequalities are clearly experienced differently across the country. Therefore, we are running a series of small discursive events around the country, including this event in Wigan. We want to hear from local organizations such as Merseyside Co-housing, to understand the different perspectives on spatial inequalities.
The event is on 10th of May, 2.30-4.30pm at The Edge conference centre in Wigan, please email for more information

Intentional Community: The Art of Living & The Science of Life 60 min video about Braziers Park, a community that was founded by Quakers involved with the pacifist camping movement in Britain between the wars. This is the a documentary about it – it’s Britain’s oldest intentional community (though some monasteries might disagree)

Recycling, Zero-waste, Plastics, etc
L - Plastic Tactics raw material and piranha clips            R - Reciprocity recycled paint, £5 for 5 litres
Plastic Tactics on Facebook
An extract from their new newsletter - if you like what we're up to and would like to support us more, here's what we're struggling with at the moment:
  • Container: We would like to deck out the shipping container and get it ready for public access - let us know if you would like to help design the layout, join the weekend build, or find equipment donors - ask me for the list of stuff that we're putting together this week :)
  • Cash: Take a look at our services and see if you can think of anyone who might benefit from them, or consider a monthly pledge of £5 or more on Patreon.
  • Attention: Let people know what we're up to. Word of mouth is our oxygen - bringing us up in conversation or boosting us through comments and shares on social media goes much further than you might think. If you see one of our posts on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, taking a moment to leave a relevant comment is surprisingly valuable and I really appreciate it!
Million Stars have a new website and are on Facebook too – Their wonderful new Intentse fashion and the Eco Fashion Hub arriving soon !!
Million Stars Sustainable Events have a wide selection of tents, camping chairs and BBQ's available for hire across Northern England as well as an official camping licence (enabling us to facilitate pop up, temporary campsites)
"Our award winning business recovers waste from the hospitality industry and repurposes it to 'as new' standard, helping to divert 1000's Tonnes of waste from landfill, each year.
When it comes to sustainable events, here at Million Stars, the sky really is the limit !"

Waste not Want Not – Zero Waste Shop - on Facebook
Take your own container for your dry foods, and buy exactly the amount you need.
They have wonderful new ranges of beauty products, toothbrushes, etc. Well worth a visit at Birkenhead Market !! Plus eco-brick campaigns, water bottle refill campaigns …….

Refill at Windmill Wholefoods – Zero Waste Shop - on Facebook
Dry beans and so on in the exact quantity you want – take your own container
Also organic veg at Windmill – fresh veg delivery comes in every Wednesday

Reciprocity Wirral always has loads of useful stuff in stock at bargain prices (slight seconds or overstocks from hardware giants) including recycled paint in all sorts of great colours and finishes – Facebook page

Zero Waste Collective is the Facebook page (and app) to connect with zero waste shops

Tyre recycler / sculptor in Lagos BBC video

Attenborough Effect leads to 53% drop in single-use plastic in 12 months - news report

Nature, Food, Gardening, etc.

“City Nature Challenge” Weekend. Merseyside achieved over 2.500 observations of nature for the Greenspace and Biodiversity “City Nature Challenge” weekend – ahead of Manchester (which is the important thing) and catching up London on 3000. Thanks to everyone who joined in – see the special Facebook page for this
Merseyside Biobank is on Facebook for more events and news

Why you should turn your lawn into a meadowGuardian article

Sikhs aim to plant a million trees by November as a gift to the planet - news report
They plan to plant more than 1,800 small native forests throughout the world with the help of Afforestt, an organization that trains people to design and build small and fast growing sustainable forests,

Edible Seaweed - Happen Films – their latest newsletter is now online
Especially interesting for a good video on foraging for edible seaweed

The Mushroom Guide Part 1: why grow shiitake mushrooms? – Low Impact article
Part 2: fruiting shiitake mushroom blocks – Low Impact article

Be part of a living, working countryside: apply for a small farm lease with the Ecological Land Cooperative – Low Impact article

Squash Nutrition – it’s the first birthday of their building on 4th May
Lots of celebrations going on, and they will be on radio 4 in a few days –  plus lots going on in the kitchen and garden
Windsor St Party on Light Night too.
Visit their website
and subscribe to their newsletter, or follow on Facebook

Growing Sudley is a community group building a therapeutic gardening project at Sudley House. They are having a twilight singing and campfire session 6-8pm on Thurs 16 May, to celebrate Power To Change Community Business Weekend, and the optimism of Spring! Bring a camping cup, dress appropriately and if it’s raining with commitment, the gathering will be cancelled. – see their website

Want to learn about straw-bale building? More news on the ESBG 2019 (European Straw Bale Gathering) – Low Impact article
In Todmorden, 15-18th August


A forest garden with 500 edible plants could lead to a sustainable future – 3 min video from National Geographic (!!)

Permaculture design online course (it’s American and you have to pay) – website for more info ?

Major Cycle Race in Birkenhead – OVO Energy British Series, Tuesday 21st May - main tour website
Activities all day centred on Hamilton Square with 1.5km circuit (some roads are closed !), racing starts 3.15, elite women’s race 5.30, elite men’s race 7.00, highlights on ITV tbc.

We are Cycling UK Liverpool City Region – Facebook page

Scottish mountain biking expansion gathers speed – BBC report

Big Bike Revival is back. Keep an eye on this website for local events and activities delivered by our local partners and friends.

Chinese city makes all public transport all-electric – this is feasible now – Facebook video

Year Of the Environment YOE 2019
                                                    RH photo - Path in Court Hey Park
Please visit the calendar on their site for full details
Major regional, national and international events (in date order)
International Dawn Chorus Day  - May 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Compost Awareness Week - May 5 @ 8:00 am - May 11 @ 5:00 pm
World Migratory Bird Day - May 11 - May 12

EU Green Week Partner Event - May 13 @ 8:00 am - May 17 @ 5:00 pm
International Day for Biodiversity
- May 22
Mersey River Festival 2019 - May 31 @ 8:00 am - June 2 @ 5:00 pm
National Picnic Week, June 1 @ 8:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm

Local Events (in date order)
Taylor Park Clean up - May 5, 10:00 - 12:00 pm, Grosvenor Road, St.Helens, WA10 3HX
Taylor Park Conservation Group - May 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, St.Helens, WA10 3HX
St.Helens Cemetery & Crematorium Open Day - May 11, 10:00 - 2:00 pm, Rainford Road,
Wirral Walk for Wildlife - May 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Fort Perch Rock, Wallasey,
Sutton Park Fun Day - May 11, 12:00 - 5:00 pm Marshalls Cross Road, St.Helens
Crosby Beach Clean - May 12, 10:30 am - 12:30, Crosby Leisure Centre, Mariners Rd,
Wallasey Village Health Walk - May 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Wallasey Village Library,
Sankey Valley Park Health Walk - May 14 @ 1:30 - 3:30 pm Blackbrook Road, St Helens.
West Lancs. Wildlife: Mountain Hares - May 15 @ 7:00 - 10:00 pm Edgehill University
Court HeyTwilight Session – May, May 16 @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm Merseyside BioBank,  Huyton
Wirral Environmental Network Spring Open Day - May 18 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Sandon Building, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER
RSPB Nature Walk; Marshside (Marine Drive, Southport) - May 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marine Awareness Day - May 18 @ 1:00 - 5:00 pm Crosby Leisure Centre, Mariners Rd, 
Northern Stone and Peat Smoke art exhibition - May 20 @ 9:00 am Kirkby Gallery, Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Liverpool, L32 8XY
Siding Lane Nature Reserve Health Walk - May 20 @ 1:30 - 3:30 pm Rainford, St Helens
RSPB Nature Walk- Wirral Way - May 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Hooten Train Station
Dave’s Nosey Nature Pootle - May 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Sands Lake, Ainsdale, Southport PR8 2QB
Willow Park Craft and Nature Day - May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 14 Southworth Road, Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 0GB
Billinge Health Walk - May 28 @ 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Bankes Park, Main Street, Billinge
Childwall YOE Health Walk – May  - May 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Childwall Neighbourhood Health Centre, Queens Drive, Liverpool, L15 6UR
Ten Acre Pits Pet Show - May 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Acacia Avenue, Huyton, L36 5TW
Court Hey Park Pet Show, Huyton  - May 31 @ 1:00 pm, Court Hey Park,
Sankey Valley Park Litter Pick - June 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Sankey Valley Park, Blackbrook Road,  St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0AB
Printmaking workshop at Kirkby Gallery - June 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm, Kirkby Gallery, Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Liverpool, L32 8XY
Victoria Park Butterfly Survey - June 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Also June 6th, 10 to 3.30pm and June 7 @ 10:00 to3:30 pm City Road, St.Helens, Merseyside WA10 2UB
Taylor Park – World Environment Day - June 5 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Taylor Park, Grosvenor Road, St.Helens, WA10 3HX
West Lancs. Wildlife: Farming and Conservation: A farmers perspective - June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Edgehill University Ormskirk, L39 4AL
The 5th Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate - June 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm. also Green Drinks from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Adelphi Hotel Liverpool, L3 5UL Please book both of these events on Eventbrite
Pond Dipping at Sankey Valley - June 8 @ 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Sankey Valley Visitors Centre, Blackbrook Road, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0AB
Early Morning Bird Walk through Sankey Valley Park - June 9 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am, Blackbrook Road, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0AB
Taylor Park Clean up - June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Grosvenor Road, St.Helens
Sankey Valley Park Health Walk - June 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Sankey Valley Park, Blackbrook Road, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0AB
Bat Night at Halewood Environment Centre - June 14 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Okell Drive, Halewood, L26 7XB
Our Favourites

The Brink is on Facebook
TUESDAYS - 13.00 – 14.00 FAMILY LAW ADVICE With Levin’s Solicitors. This is for help with all legal issues surrounding family, children, relationships, divorce, childcare, custody and anything similar.
FREE drop in service - every other week. phone appointments available. Please call 0151 480 5777
17.00 – 19.00 – BACK FROM THE BRINK – OPEN MIC
A brilliant, in-house weekly event. Sing, play, perform, jam, help out, get together with the other artsists and musicians. A fantastic Tuesday evening.
WEDNESDAYS 15.00 – 17.00 OPEN MIC – acoustic only
Simply rock up, plug in and give us a few ditties. The stage awaits!
MEN’S TALK LIVERPOOL – various times – watch the Facebook page or ask !!
A new group which offers a space for men from all walks of life to share a space, talk, listen, be heard, support and be supported. We are aware of the growing numbers of men having hard times with negative mental health, depression or suicide. Having a non-judgmental space to be in and share has worked in other places with similar groups so we’re doing one here. Donation based group.
NVC– Non-Violent Communication workshop - Every 2nd Wednesday of the month 4-6pm:.
A group for anyone affected by a loved one’s misuse of alcohol or drugs.
A weekly meditation group to get your morning and whole weekend off to a more blissful start. Free.
12.00 – 13.00 SMOKE FREE LIVERPOOL - Learn how to stop smoking or cut down.
Join our trophy winning football team! We have a 5-aside kickabout every sat at The Pitz/Powerleague. We also arrange 11-a-side games and tournaments with other recovery related organisations.
GUITAR LESSONS: MON intermediate TUES advanced  All lessons £5.  18.30 – 20.00pm.
Call Rob Cunliffe 07964739769
YOUNG MUSICIANS SHOWCASE (monthly event) An opportunity for U18’s to PLAY LIVE!
Check the Facebook for the next one, or ASK !!

Next to Nowhere
Food from Nowhere. Every Saturday from 12 noon – vegan kitchen, good food by donation - check their website
Also People’s Kitchen is Friday 17th May 6.30pm

Earth Moves
Green Networking - Friday, 24 May 2019 from 19:00-22:00 – Facebook event
Mesolithic Echoes: Living like the Ancesters – check the Facebook event for details

Heartsong Willow
Living Willow Taster Courses,
Burscough Community Farm, Tuesday 14th May – Facebook event also in Burscough on 11th July,
John Archer Hall, Toxteth, Wednesday 22nd May. Please book online at the WEA site

2030 Hub
Green Goals Programme Wednesday June 26th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - see their website
The Green Goals Programme is our new six-month collaborative programme, created and delivered by 2030hub Director Stephen Sykes, to provide support and guidance in the development and implementation of your organisation’s Environmental Management System (EMS).
Student Member Mentoring, Wednesday June 5th, 12 – 2pm, 23 Argyle St. – Facebook event

National Events
L - Campfire Convention       R - Little World logo

CTRLshift Summit 8-10th May, Stoke on Trent. Booking is still possible – see their website

Off-Grid Festival has now announced speakers and workshops – Tapely Park, North Devon, 8 – 11th August – see their website for more details

Campout 2019 announces first speakers for August 28-September 1, Frome, Somerset – see their website

Local Events
Little World Market is on Dunning’s Bridge Rd, Bootle (very close to Switch Island) – Facebook page
Official Launch party is on Sunday 26th May 2019 - book tickets £5 adults
"We are celebrating the launch of Littleworld Market- it’s a zero waste eco store and health food cafe. We have loads of local musicians with the awesome 'Beans On Toast' headlining. We will also be looking to host some eco workshops and talks and yoga earlier on in the day. This is effectively a free event as we will give you the £5 ticket price back upon entry in Littleworld credit to be spent on Drinks or food."

Liverpool Makefest is on Saturday 29th June – website
The event takes place at Liverpool Central Library, it’s completely free to attend, and it’s a jam packed with fun things to do for all the family!

Major Cycle Race in Birkenhead – OVO Energy British Series, Tuesday 21st May - see the tour website
Activities all day (some roads closed !), racing starts 3.15, elite women’s race 5.30, elite men’s race 7.00, highlights on ITV tbc.

Merseyside Environment Trust website
Climate Change and the Media, panel discussion/debate - Thursday 6th June, 7.30pm-9.15pm @ Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool City Centre (The Fifth Annual Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate),

LightNight - main website
LightNight is Liverpool's free one-night arts festival, shining a spotlight on the city and celebrating our world class cultural offer. Over 100 organisations collaborate annually to create an inspiring trail of events with talks, workshops, performance, live music and more.
.......... We'll be back for our tenth festival on 17 May, and this year’s theme is “Ritual” ! The full programme is out now on the website

for the full list of events
 “Not Just Collective” is at the Central Library on the 4th floor, but there are numerous events throughout the library and at many other locations, including Tate, FACT, in fact, almost everywhere you go !

Tales of the Earth on Hilbre Island – July 18th - Facebook event
Set off at 9am, stay on Hilbre Island over the high tide, listen to and tell stories, and return to West Kirby at 5pm – come well equipped !!

Bootle Music Festival, July 6th at the Lock and Quay – Facebook event

Waterloo Festival,  2019 15th&16th June at the Marina – Facebook event
Raising funds for the friends of Crosby beach. 22 bands on 2 stages over 2 days. Community arts and dance demonstrations, great food and drink. 1 fantastic weekend.

Marine Awareness Day, Crosby Beach,  Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 13:00-17:00 - Facebook event
Find out more about local marine wildlife or how dunes form, see "plastic fossils" collected by beach cleaning groups in Sefton and get practical advice how to make your everyday life less reliant on single use plastic (SUP). We will have nature walks, dune mapping presentations and the folks who recently completed a survey at Hall Road. There also will be sea-themed crafts and activities. (Best Station for visitors is Blundellsands and Crosby)

Courses and Trainings
Fabulous Fascinators – an introduction to wearable tech for beginners on Sunday afternoon June 9th – please book Eventbrite tickets
A fun beginners workshop on adding lights and electronics to your wearable items, £25 at DoES Liverpool

Economy Crash Course in Manchester, May 15thEventbrite event, free, booking requested
Economics Crash Course is designed for people with little to no background in economics who would like to know more about decisions that affect them. If you think economics isn’t for you, then this course is! “What do we mean by ‘’economic growth?”, “why are houses so expensive?”. Come and explore these and other topics through games and discussion and discover new ways to understand how the world around us really works.

Big Lunch 101 – zoom online call to help people organise Big Lunch events, Wednesday 8th May, 1 – 2pm – Facebook event

Local News and Comment
Merseyside 5G
Have deep concerns about the dangers to health and life from the 5G phone systems that are being introduced. Learn more on their Facebook page.

The fight for Rimrose Valley blog site
Save Rimrose Valley
18 minute video with the CEO of FoE

Kitty’s Laundrette in Anfield is opening soon follow them on Facebook

Reciprocity Wirral always has loads of useful stuff in stock at bargain prices (slight seconds or overstocks from hardware giants) including recycled paint – Facebook page

Uncover Liverpool – new website with what’s on in Liverpool

Liverpool’s secret underground world. Apart from the obvious ones, this internet article lists some lesser-known tunnels, including rail tunnels that linked to Wapping and also one to the northern docks

Rail Map Online. Great site with maps of previous railway lines (all of them ever ?)

Vegetarian and Zero-Waste cafes
There are two wonderful cafes on St John’s Rd Waterloo

Caz’s Kitchen - on Facebook For wonderful gluten-free cakes, and garden seating

Can Café - on Facebook - Zero-waste café, plus various workshops and pop-up events

Little World Market is on Dunning’s Bridge Rd, Bootle (very close to Switch Island) – Facebook page
Official Launch party is on Sunday 26th May 2019 - book tickets £5 adults
"We are celebrating the launch of Littleworld Market- it’s a zero waste eco store and health food cafe. We have loads of local musicians with the awesome 'Beans On Toast' headlining. We will also be looking to host some eco workshops and talks and yoga earlier on in the day. This is effectively a free event as we will give you the £5 ticket price back upon entry in Littleworld credit to be spent on Drinks or food."

Squash Nutrition – it’s the first birthday of their building on 4th May
Lots of celebrations going on, and they will be on radio 4 in a few days –  plus lots going on in the kitchen and garden. Visit their website and subscribe to their newsletter
Windsor St Party on Light Night too.

Joro is a vegan café on Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, The Basement, 47-48 Hamilton Square,, Wirral CH41 5AR – on Facebook

Green News

The Green New Deal is getting cross-party support – Guardian article

Why a Green New Deal is what Britain needsweb report

Green Gas (biomethane) now supplies 1 million UK homes Guardian article

Chicago commits to 100% clean energy by 2040web report

CAT Report – can we reach zero-carbon by 2025 ? – CAT website

Norway’s giant oil investment fund dives into renewables Guardian article

Flatpack candidates – lots more independents in the local elections ! – online article

What can we learn from the Greater Manchester Green Summit ? internet article

UK’s National Grid operator gets ready for 100% renewables by 2025 web article

Ban Glyphosate (Round-Up) from use by local councils – online petition

Nesta Newsletter is online – excellent stuff about the implications of advances in technology

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

Costing the Earth - Dash from Gas - @bbcradio4 - listen again

Arts, Crafts and Culture
80 years on – Blitzed – new exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool Life shows photos of the devastation and resilience from the Blitz years – short report with photos

Repair & maintain: how to keep your beloved clothes in your life for longer – Low Impact article

Selfmade Furniture in an Industrial Style - website

Hungarian Wooden Post carving looks good
3 min video and also a 30 min video

Art in Liverpool online magazine - looks really good - website
"Culture Declares" statement is online
- this has been agreed by all the main British Galleries and Museums

Freedom of Zstyle produce 100% upcycled clothes (they are on County Rd) – Facebook page
They handmade 100% upcycled clothing, fully embracing a Circular Economy

Mersey Sunrise YouTube slideshow with Van Morrison
YouTube slideshow with Bach - Photos by George 

RIBA North have some good exhibitions on at the moment

Don't forget LightNight ! It's on 17 May, and this year’s theme is “Ritual” ! The full programme is out now on the website

Community Development
Power to Change
The Power to Change 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

Can I Borrow some Sugar ? – borrowing from neighbours strengthens society – online article

Seaside Towns Desperate for Reinvention BBC report

London Boroughs drive forward progressive interventions in New Municipalism website article

Money and Economics
Open Credit Network – is now running and has concluded its first trading loop – online report

Developing local entrepreneurs and keeping out giant corporations: Jay Tompt of the REconomy Project – Low Impact article

Global Debt is now $164 Trillion, but who do we owe it to ? (it’s a strange system !) – internet article

The role of the state and the market in building the new economy: interview with Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper – Low Impact article

Test of no-money living in Brussels using the local currency and other local trading systems – is it possible to live without the national currency ? – a few people are trying it in a one week experiment from May 6th to 12th internet article
"The Zinne, a local Brussels currency, has been in circulation since mid-March and there are countless local services exchange systems (Sel), frigos solidaires (supportive fridges), donation centres, kitchen garden collectives, Repair Cafés, mechanisms for the collection of dead stock, as well as book collection boxes."

The Open Credit Network launches website and conducts first trades – it's a moneyless trading system for the UK: - Low Impact article

New Thought
The Iron Triangle –useful project management tool (in this case applied to Brexit) - internet article

Inner Ecology—Thinking Through the Mess by Nora Bateson and Gil Friend – 90min YouTube video

Capitalism is destroying the Earth. We need a new human right for future generations, by George Monbiot – Guardian article

The only way to halt climate change is to challenge the logic of capitalism - We need to break with a system in which the value of everything is determined by how much money it can make for the wealthy. - New Statesman article

Science News

Two interesting short articles from New Scientist on 13th April

Cats know their names ( (p. 19)
Cats may appear to ignore you when you call their name, but researchers have closely observed cats and how they move their ears, heads, feet and tail while a series of words similar to their name was spoken (in a recording of their owner) Their attention diminishes as other words are spoken, but increases at the sound of their own name. However, the researchers still don’t know why cats ignore you when you say it !

Heart Synchronising  (p. 16)
Heartbeats may help with co-operation. Even when we make very small movements, we tend to time them so that they end in the middle of a heartbeat. This synchronisation also occurs when we watch someone else doing the same thing ! This helps our bodies align our actions with others.
Previous work showed that we sync our heartbeats with walking speed, but this test was done with much finer motor skills such as moving a small object to another location on a table. Scientists question if there is a feedback loop between the heart and the brain which enables this synchronisation.

Artist of the month
Artist of the month is Monica Carvalho
This is a good article about her work
and another article

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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