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Transition Liverpool Newsletter, November 2019.
Transition Liverpool
         Transition Cafe
         Report on Transition Gathering
         Transition sea level rises
         Transition Energy Group
         Local Transition Groups
Climate change and XR, etc
Nature, Food, etc
Local Council Campaigns
- New Feature
Local Events
New Books and other Gift Ideas
New Initiatives and Websites
Transport News
Green News
New Thought, Spiritual Thought
Science news

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Transition Liverpool
the picture above is a panorama of Liverpool made for the recent gathering
Transition Cafe
The next Transition Café is from 6.30 to 9 pm on Wednesday 13th November at the Quaker Meeting House, School Lane. All are very welcome to attend this free event and enjoy our bring and share food including home-made soup and puddings from 6.30 to 7pm, and then presentations.
The Transition Café is on every second Wednesday of the month.
This meeting is a follow-up from the Gathering (see below for a report on this)
Five of the small topic groups from the gathering are continuing and will make presentations at the Transition Café. Their topics are:
  • Increasing Awareness of the impact of climate breakdown on our personal lives and learning more about how to encourage and support behaviour change
  • Establishing School Solar Champions in local schools to develop solar and other zero carbon energy production
  • Developing a higher level of Social Inclusion in the environmental  movement by outreach into under-represented communities.
  • Tree Planting and preservation of wildlife habitat in the Liverpool City Region
  • Training in small-scale video making, phone-filming and editing and larger scale high quality film production, empowering and enabling green groups to generate content.
We hope the meeting will help them develop their ideas further and support them in taking action.
Report on the Gathering
Transition Liverpool recently hosted a day long meeting "Taking Action against Climate Breakdown" with a focus on encouraging active participation in developing local solutions. We heard from a oceanography researcher about the causes and likely patterns of flooding across the Liverpool City Region, and learned more about the actions proposed by the Labour and Green parties and the Metro Mayor's office. Two young speakers from the School Strikers movement came to talk to us and show slides of their latest Friday march.
The afternoon was devoted to exploring local projects which would lessen the impact of Climate Breakdown and participants formed small groups to take these proposals forward. Some of these groups will come to the next Transition Cafe meeting to present their work and receive further feedback and support. The topics are given above in the meeting section.
The Gathering was well attended with 67 people for the morning session and 38 staying to work on projects.
Transition sea level rises
Some people queried the 7m sea level rises quoted at the October meeting
Dr Jason Kirby, subject head for Geography and Environmental Sciences at LJMU, has explained this:
“There are two ways in which sea level could rise by 7m.
One is if all of the ice on the Greenland ice sheet melted and the water went back into the ocean. That would raise global sea level by the equivalent of 7m.
The second way comes initially from climatologist Dr Tom Matthews, who chose to show the effects of a seven-metre rise in sea level because at the Paris climate summit in December, governments agreed to work towards a long-term goal to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. In the past, when the global temperature has been 1.5°C higher than today’s temperature, the sea level was seven metres higher.
What does a 7m rise mean ? The Strand is the most vulnerable part of Liverpool.  On old maps there was an inlet where the Liverpool One bus station, the Old Dock and John Lewis are, with a small creek up Paradise St and Whitechapel. These, the Albert Dock, and all the other docks would be completely inundated in this 7m scenario. The water depth would change because of the tide, so at some low tides it would be dry, but as the tide comes in it would be potentially quite deep water.”.
Much of Liverpool is on hills, but to the north, the railway from Crosby to Southport is little more than 5m above sea level, however, the sea may continue to deposit sand in this area, as it has done for a long time already.
On the Wirral, Wallasey would effectively become an island, while Hoylake and lower-lying parts of West Kirby would be affected. There would be an inlet all the way from Meols, over Bidston Moss and through to the Birkenhead Docks, and several other parts of Birkenhead could be affected.
The Transition Liverpool Energy Group is re-starting – if you are interested in getting involved please visit the group’s webpage and email
The page now includes two new articles:-
Net Zero in Housing
This article is about the challenge we face in eliminating carbon for heating our homes, to achieve Net Zero.  It considers the alternatives to natural gas, and reviews the Government’s Future Homes Standard with its ban on gas boilers in new homes from 2025. For more information please see this page
A National Retrofit Programme
This paper, written by Graeme Moore of the University of Liverpool in 2015 on behalf of and in collaboration with Geoff Cunningham of the Transition Towns Energy Group, argues that over a 30 year horizon, a national retrofit programme would pay for itself if tax revenue, fuel savings and healthcare benefits were taken into account.  The cash benefits would accrue to both the individual householder and to society as a whole.  Read the article here.
Local Transition Groups
Transition Liverpool on Facebookwebsite - enquiries email
Transition Waterloo on Facebook 
Transition St Helens on Facebook
West Kirby Transition Town on Facebook
Transition Northwich -  Have a very active Facebook page !!
NW transition network on Facebook
West Kirby November Programme
9th – Incredible Edible – Grange Park
10th – High Tidiers litter pick – Gilroy Nature Park
11th – Travelling Light Lantern Peace Parade – meet at Coronation Gardens
12th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
18th – Incredible Edible – Meeting – West Kirby Library
19th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church
21st – Homegrown Bananas – check Facebook for venue
23rd – West Kirby Farmers’ Market – St Andrew’s Church
24th – High Tidiers litter pick – West Kirby beach
26th – West Kirby Drop In – United Reformed Church + Lantern Making Workshop
28th – Incredible Edible – Grange Park
28th – Inner Transition Reading Group

view their current newsletter online
Homegrown Bananas, West Kirby open stage session– Thursday 21st Nov, 6 – 8.30pm, - Facebook event
also on Thursday 5th Dec, at Sweet Pea Café, 6 – 9pm, - Facebook event
Transition Northwich monthly meetup is at Greenbank Community Hub, Monday 16th Dec
Co-Housing etc.
Merseyside Co-Housing group - on Facebook - newsletter
Co-Housing Report
So, we are finally moving into action
On our main “Community Building” direction, we are having
Co-Housing Meetup’s – on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 4 to 5pm in the Central Library Café
That is, November 20th , December 4th and 18th
We are working on other meetings – Jazz night, Meal at Egg Café, etc – the more we meet each other, the more community will develop, and we will see where that leads us .....
In the “Structures and Admin” direction, there are 2 main things we are looking for –
  • a nice 10-bedroom house that we can eco retrofit,
  • and / or a good plot of land for a PassivHaus development
We are talking with an architect about how we can work together on this, and we are beginning to think about what type of help we can get and what we need to do to develop the project(s) quickly and well
We hope to send out another newsletter early next week – to subscribe to this visit the last online newsletter or our Facebook group
Pavilion in Timber: Potential of Density – RIBA event – Eventbrite booking
Wed, 13 November 2019 12:00 – 16:00pm in Birkenhead Park

Co-Housing: Sharing the Future Positive News article

Student Co-Op Homes – new national body to support this - website
They are doing a share offer to begin transforming this sector from the present exploitation of most students by landlords.
PassivHaus Council estate wins RIBA Stirling Prize – BBC report

Completing the Cycle at Tamera eco-village, especially solar - 10 min YouTube video
Community Led Homes are doing a survey on solo-living in the world and in community
Please email to be involved
Guide to claiming back VAT on a self-build – internet article
Ecology Building Society Newsletter read it online
How to put scaffolding round a tall chimney – Fred Dibnah YouTube 10 min video

How to Plaster Straw Bale Walls with Clay – second coat – Low Impact article
Family “waiting for the end of time” found in basement of Dutch farm – BBC report

Climate Change, XR, etc
Liverpool City Region Climate Action Group Meeting
The next LCR CAG meeting will be on Tuesday 19th November, 6.30-8.30pm, in meeting room 1, Folk, Tempest Building, Tithebarn Street, L2 2DT.  The venue is free but has no disabled access - sorry. For more information contact
  • Welcome to new people
  • In area groups eg Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, we will look at Friends of the Earth's analysis of how climate friendly is your area.
  • A climate action plan for each area.
  • Skills analysis
  • Next steps
Responding to the Imperatives of Climate Change – Public lecture by Dr Jane Fisher, Senior Lecturer at CAT, at the University of Chester, Weds, 27th Nov, 7.30pm – Facebook event
XR - Climate Change: Heading for Extinction (And What To Do About It) -  DoEs Liverpool, 1st Floor, The Tapestry, 68-74 Kempston St, L3 8HL | Monday 18 November, 18.30-20.30
Black Friday Global Strike for Climate may be on Friday 29th. Youth Climate Strike, Extinction Rebellion – check on Facebook for details of these closer to the date ???
The climate and animal emergency 3 min XR video
83 year-old glued himself to a tube train 80 sec XR video
Friendly critique of XR strategy internet article
Fracking halted after government pulls support BBC report Apparently it’s a moratorium, not necessarily a "final end"
Meet the victorious activist ‘Nanas’ of Lancashire Guardian Article
It looks as though fracking in Lancashire may have completely stopped, thanks to these ladies

Jonathan Pie tells it like it is 7 –min video

Climate Emergency Support Programme for local authorities. The Centre for Sustainable Energy has developed this programme
Copenhagen’s race to be the first carbon-neutral city Guardian Report
Green growth and ‘hedonistic sustainability’ have helped keep the public on board as the Danish capital seeks to reach its goal by 2025 – and so far it’s all going according to plan
This must be the climate crisis election Guardian article by Ed Miliband
Having a few ‘green policies’ is no longer enough. Ask yourself: what will your next MP do to save the world?
Climate crisis affects how majority will vote in UK electionpoll article in Guardian
'It's a crisis, not a change': the six Guardian language changes on climate matters – Guardian article
SUVs second biggest cause of emissions rise, figures reveal – Guardian article
If SUV drivers were a nation, they would rank seventh in the world for carbon emissions
Fossil fuel big five 'spent €251m lobbying EU' since 2010 – Guardian article
'I don't know another council that does more than us' - Hackney's environment chief on the climate emergency – news report
The big lie we’re told about climate change is that it’s our own fault – internet article
Divest Parliament1 min Facebook video
300 MPs have called on their own pension fund to drop fossil fuel investments. It’s now clear: Parliament is calling time on fossil fuels.
Following two and a half years of incredible grassroots organising, MPs from every political party in the UK have backed the Divest Parliament campaign in their droves.
Google made large contributions to climate change deniers Guardian article
Firm’s public calls for climate action contrast with backing for conservative thinktanks
Leading in a Climate Changed World 40 min interview with Dr Scilla Elworthy

Indigenous Knowledge Has Been Warning Us About Climate Change for Centuries – internet article

Nature, Food, etc
L - Utrecht bus stop for bees - R - Hedge-laying in progress

Permaculture Design Course 2020, 18-19th Jan in Leeds and a weekend every month for 6 more months – Facebook event

Mersey Forest: The Natural Health Service - Tue, 12th November 2019, 17:30 – 20:00pm at The Sherrington Building, Main lecture hall, University of Liverpool - Booking requested
Focuses on the work by Mersey Forest Trust over the past 25 years (it is their special anniversary year) including the development of the Northern Forest – from Chester/Liverpool in the west across to Hull in the East. Sponsored jointly by Mersey Forest Trust, Merseyside Environmental Trust and The Duncan Society.
YOE 2019 LCR - Lots of events still going on for Year of the Environment – visit the website calendar

Pocket parks: helping communities transform unloved, neglected or derelict areas into new green spaces .GOV website
Invitation to community-led organisations in partnership with local authorities to apply for funding to create new pocket parks and refurbish existing parks.
Seed Saving – great 3 min Facebook video

Designing No-Work Food GardensPermaculture website
Synthetic nitrogen destroys soil carbon, undermines soil health - New research - internet article
Putting Carbon back in the Soil7 min YouTube video by Max Purnell
‘Magical' mushroom mix to boost regrowth of lost Scottish forests – Guardian article
Most of the old Scottish forests had companion fungi in the tree roots !
Nitrogen Fixing Species for Agroforestry Systems Permaculture Association website
Silvoarable systems - internet article from the Agroforestry Research Trust
In Silvoarable systems agricultural or horticultural crops are grown simultaneously with a long-term tree crop to provide annual income while the tree crop matures. Trees are grown in rows with wide alleys in-between for cultivating crops.
Northern cities back plans for a Northern Forest from Liverpool to Hull – news report
Bus stops in Utrecht designed to benefit bees Positive news
More than 316 bus stops in the Dutch city of Utrecht have been installed with green roofs to help meet the city’s requirements for healthy urban living. These help to capture fine dust and rainwater and encourage biodiversity by providing ideal conditions for bees to thrive.
Turning Paris's underground car parks into mushrooms farms BBC 2-min video
Floating farms on the sea Facebook 90 sec video
Why hedgelaying makes a better hedgeLow Impact article
New threat of hidden GMOs in your food – event in Skelmersdale
2:30pm Saturday 16th November, at the Maharishi Golden Dome, Woodley Park, Skelmersdale WN8 6UQ
RethinkX: Disruption. Implications. Choices. RethinkX is an independent think tank that analyzes and forecasts the scope, speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its implications across society - see their website  You can download the PDF report on Food and Agriculture from there.
The Bowl Gathering – steps to preserve the ancient craft of wooden bowl making – Low Impact article

Local Council Campaigns - New Feature
In these newsletters we provide lots of new ideas and information about the problems faced by humanity, and also about the attempts to resolve these that are going on locally and elsewhere. But, it's all wasted if it is never fully implemented here ! This is usually done by local Councillors making proposals to the council - these make the local council change its policies and behaviour. In fact, one of the local councillors spoke at our recent gathering, and mentioned that they were making good Green proposals to Council, but these were not being supported enough by the other councillors to become policy.
Perhaps this is because the other councillors don’t understand the strength of support for Green policies. Our Transition Newsletter could help with this by passing on information about proposals that are coming up, so that local residents could let their own councillors know their opinions. Councillors are supposed to take note of the opinions of their local Ward residents about council decisions.
We may be chasing behind with this at the moment because of lack of co-ordination, but the recent campaigns have been as follows, and some of these may still be “live”. These are from the Environment and Climate Change Select Committee. If they are passed at that Committee, they then go to the full council for ratification, and then become policy:-
Liverpool City Council
(all of these motions mention the unanimous vote for a climate emergency, and the commitment to reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2030. )
  1. Creation of an Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Plan.
    Council requests the Mayor and senior management team to progress the creation of an Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Plan to replace the Inclusive Growth Plan by spring 2020. 
  2. Plant Trees for the Environment and Wellbeing
    Council recognises that there is a need to urgently press on with policies which begin to address the Climate Emergency now. In this regard, increasing the number of trees in the city is important for the following reasons:
    1. Trees are the best way to absorb and sequester carbon from the atmosphere which contributes to the harmful effects of climate change.
    2. Trees remove pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxides, ozone, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from the air, thereby improving air quality.
    3. Trees create ecosystems that provide increased biodiversity for birds and other animals.
    4. Trees help control rain run-off, improve water quality and reduce flooding.
    5. Trees also have many mental health benefits for residents, providing a sense of wellbeing.
  3. Pilot Food Waste Collection Scheme
    UK households throw away an estimated 8.3 million tonnes of food a year. It would be a much more efficient use of this resource to compost it for use as fertiliser. 
    Council notes that many other local authorities have introduced food waste collection, but that Liverpool has not yet rolled out such a service.
    Council requests that the cabinet members for Neighbourhoods and for Climate Change work together to design a suitable pilot food waste collection project with a view to rolling this out across the city.
  4. Throw Marine Life a Lifeline
    Plastic waste is a major problem and scientists are now discovering the full extent of land and sea pollution caused by the many materials that we dispose of daily, from plastic bags, to drinking straws, to plastic bottles, to cigarette butts.
    Birds and sea creatures are inadvertently mistaking bits of plastic for food and as a consequence are dying through choking, starvation or poisoning. Micro plastics are entering our own food chain.
    As a major port, Liverpool's heritage is founded on access to the sea. The city has an important role to play in the preservation of the coastline and keeping our sea and river water clean and free from plastic waste.
    Council therefore agrees to join other coastal cities in supporting the GreenSeas Trust by contributing to the #BinForGreenSeas Project and installing a #BinForGreenSeas at a prominent location on the river side, and by creating opportunities for GreenSeas Trust to offer their education programmes in the city.
We may be too late to help with supporting these, but they show the type of change councillors are continually trying to achieve

Wirral Council
At a recent council meeting the Wirral Greens proposed a motion to ban the use of glyphosate and, even more recently they brought forward a motion on a work place parking levy to finance green transport. 
We will try to get more information from them about future campaigns
What you can do
  1. Every council has a web page listing their councillors and their email and other contact info. For Liverpool, Councillors and committees are listed here
  2. Use this to find out who are your own Ward Councillors. For Liverpool, the Ward Councillors are listed here
  3. Most of the “green” motions will begin on the Environment and Climate Change Select Committee. Their latest meeting was on 6th November, and the agenda for that is here
  4. Councillors should have “surgeries” for people to come to if they need help or otherwise to meet the councillors. It’s good to meet your councillor in person and let them know what you think !
  5. You can also send them emails – keep them short and simple – e.g. I am writing about X issue, and please do Y and Z about it (they don’t like long emails)
  6. If you send emails to councillors in other areas, but they may ignore them – they represent the people in their own Ward, and have no great obligation to listen to “outsiders”.
1. While the Transition movement is non-political, we also want to help with more rapid change to a more sustainable and ecological future. The campaigns we have mentioned here are all proposed by the Green Party – we support the campaigns but not the Party. If other parties are proposing climate change and sustainability policies, please let us know and we include those also.
2. It would be great if we could find a ways of co-ordinating this better and getting ahead of the game, so that the information is spread much quicker and better !!

Local Events
Defend Liverpool's Green Heritage. 
Vital Protest Meeting from ‪4pm to 6pm, Liverpool Town Hall, Wednesday ‪13th  November 2019.
The attempts by our Council to build on green land, ignoring the wishes of the local population and their own declaration of a climate emergency endlessly continue.
  • Bixteth Gardens has gone,
  • legal battles are raging over Calderstones Park and the Green Wedge,
  • attempts were made to sell on parts of Walton Hall Park.
  • The Save Oglet Shore Group are campaigning  to stop the road closure and development of the land around the airport.
  • We are currently protesting to try to stop the building of a dual carriageway along Jericho Lane, Riverside Drive and Sefton Street. 
The same theme occurs across Merseyside. The current government continues to support putting a dual carriageway through Rimrose Vally Park in Sefton.
Which climate emergency were the Labour councillors thinking of?
We recently held protests, supported by local residents, to stop the Flat Iron in St. James Place from being sold off for “development” —more greenspace and trees gone. The council is proceeding with offering it for such development and will discuss this at the council meeting on the ‪13th November.
We need a large and noisy protest around the Town Hall ‪4-6pm, Thursday, 13th November, so that councillors can hear that many people are against the continual attempt to destroy green space, in effect ignoring the climate emergency.

Please come if you can. Bring drums, vuvuzelas, placards, banners whatever, and make your objections heard
Global Social Economy Forum - European Policy Dialogue (GSEF EPD) is being held here in Liverpool on Monday November 18th, hosted by the Heseltine Centre.
The theme for the event is Building diversity and inclusion through the social and solidarity economy and the venue is the Women’s Organisation, St James Street.
Initial details can be found here where registration for the event can be confirmed. 
The Global Social Economy Forum are an international organisation, with previous global conferences held in Canada and Spain, and the last EPD held in Madrid.  More details on GSEF can be found here.
The day is being planned to involve people from France, Poland, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Spain, people from other parts of the UK and of course, from local representatives of social economy organisations.
The structure of the day is to examine the institutional practices to advance inclusion through the social economy, to look at inclusion through innovative work-integration practices and policies and how we can enable a diverse approach to encouraging future leaders through the social and solidarity economy.
Responding to the Imperatives of Climate Change – Public lecture by Dr Jane Fisher, Senior Lecturer at CAT, at the University of Chester, Weds, 27th Nov, 7.30pm – Facebook event
XR - Climate Change: Heading for Extinction (And What To Do About It) -  DoEs Liverpool, 1st Floor, The Tapestry, 68-74 Kempston St, L3 8HL | Monday 18 November, 18.30-20.30
Repair Café at DoES on October 27th was great again !! – we are hoping to have another one at the end of this month – please watch the Transition Facebook page for details as they emerge
Little World Warriors
– Sunday Nov 17th at Little World, from 10am to 3pm – Facebook event
Join us for an inspirational day of talks, workshops, activities and live music specifically aimed at young people and families who want to help make the world a better place.
2030 Hub Christmas Party, Dec 19th = free, but Eventbrite Booking needed
Make CIC have a HUGE program of events on their Facebook page ……
Including – make your own little black dress, woodwork, sewing, make a silver ring, life drawing, prosthetics, macramé, jewellery, pyrography, sourdough starter, winter wreath, Christmas candles – and that’s just to the end of November !!
Winter Arkade on 1st December in Regent St, L3 – lots of great stalls (with the Incredible Wind Factory also !) – Facebook event
Make Some Noise, Liverpool – 27th  November at Make CIC North Docks – have a look at the Semble website
Want to get your story heard but not sure how to get it out there? Semble is running a one-day workshop where you can connect with community-minded people and upskill your storytelling with local magazine and newspaper editors - for Eventbrite tickets

Christmas at Baltic Market Facebook event

Meditation Course for Health and Lifeskills with Earth Moves – Monday 2nd December, 10.30 to 3pm at Vale House Cafe & Tea Rooms, New Brighton – Facebook event
Lantern Peace Parade, 11th Nov, .30 – 8pm, Coronation Gardens, West Kirby – Facebook event
Make your own beauty products, £20 per session
1. Sat Nov 16 2019 - 10:30am – 12.30 in the Refill space at Toxteth TV
2. Weds 27th November, 5 to 7pm at Bean There Coffee Shop, 376 Smithdown Rd – for both sessions see the website for more details

New Books and other Gift Ideas
Regenerative Agriculture - From the Ground Up – 13 min video about the work of Charles Massy in NSW – he also has a book out

The SIMPOL Solution: A New Way to Think About Solving the World’s Biggest Problems (another new book too) – internet article
SIMPOL – Simultaneous Policy – check their global website
Switching off the autopilot: An evolutionary toolbox for the Great Transition (guess what, another new book) - internet article

The Promise of Buddhist Economics – by Berkeley Economist Clair Brown (who has a new book out !) - internet article

Radical Tea Towels always have lots of gift ideas
Shared Earth have some great Fari Trade gifts
News from Nowhere Why not order the books you need from them ?

New Initiatives and Websites
Every so often there is a crop of new initiatives – we just found some - maybe they will turn out to be important and an improvement !!
Rapid Transition Alliance – The climate is changing faster than we are — how do we speed up? Visit their website - they look like a really good new organisation
Overview Page  Rapid transition shows examples of evidence-based hope for change whose speed and potential scale will steer us towards staying within those boundaries and which advance social justice.
Meet The Members – include Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology
Edgeryders – interesting online community for wellbeing in Europe whihc looks really good - website
This looks really good for changemakers, innovators, activists, etc
Eco and Beyond is a new online community for all things eco – like zero waste shops, etc - website
RethinkX: Disruption. Implications. Choices. RethinkX is an independent think tank that analyzes and forecasts the scope, speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its implications across society.  Visit their website
You can download their PDF report on Food and Agriculture from their site
Project Drawdown  – Workshop at Findhorn from 2nd – 9th November with Pachamama Alliance trainer (quite expesive, but bursaries available ?)
web page (and there is also a book of the same name !)
Transport news
Pedal Press Autumn 2019 – excellent local cycling online newsletter for Merseyside – visit their website to download PDF
Includes calendar of cycling events locally , and “Report a Pothole” link for each borough
Plans for Princes Boulevard 7min YouTube video of the plans

Highways England’s “Commonplace” survey on Rimrose Valley – follow the details the on Rimrose Valley website
(This survey is all about how people use Rimrose Valley, not about the proposed road itself.)
German Air Travellers Get 6-Month Buffer Before Climate Levy news report
How to open up cycling to disabled peoplenews report
Bristol could become first city in UK to ban diesel cars as officials eye plans for daytime restrictions to cut air pollution – online article
Sefton Council to target buses, lorries and taxis in clean air bidBBC report
(personal note - there are some disgraceful vehicles on Merseyside. There is the technology to do automatic emission detection from exhausts, but it isn’t implemented)
LCR urged to follow Manchester and take control of its bus servicesEcho report
Alternative Fuels: Environmental & Sustainability Conference 2019, Wednesday, 4 December 2019
13:00-17:00, Manchester Metropolitan University – explores alternative fuels in the transport economy
Booking essential – MMU webpage

Green News
Greta meets Chief Arvol Looking Horse - Solar-powered desalination in Kenya
YOE2019LCR – you can still make pledges to save energy and help with conservation !! – visit their website
Steve Rotheram announce up to £5M support for the social economyPower to Change website
Contribute to forming and developing SDG policy - .GOV Follow-up on the UK’s Voluntary National Review process and next steps for cooperation on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - .GOV website
Solar-powered desalination system can turn salt water into fresh drinking water for 25,000 people per day. It could help address the world’s looming water crisis. – online article

Five green initiatives in the Arab world online article
Levi's found a way to make hemp feel like cotton, and it could have big implications for your wardrobe – news report
Retired sculptor in Stonehaven making beautiful work from steel – 4min Facebook video
Binman on the Isle of Mull has made viral video - Facebook 90 sec video
New Thought, Spiritual Thought
Happiness in Every Breathinternet article by Thich Nhat Hanh|
The Promise of Buddhist Economics – by Berkeley Economist Clair Brown (who has a new book out !) - internet article
 “The main task in the coming era is a radical renewal of our sense of responsibility”. How Havel + the Velvet Revolution echoes our present – internet article

Creating the Future: Doughnut Economics for the 21st Century – 20 min video by Kate Raworth
Dispelling the Mystery of Debt - Charles Eisenstein in Conversation with Zack Geist – 1 hour video
There Is Infinite Hope, But Not For Us80min podcast with Barbara Cecil & Dahr Jamail

Design for a Circular Economy downloadable PDF from the Mayor of London (and his team)

Understanding the Value Flows Model, Part 1 – Low Impact article
Science News – Indexing the earth
New Scientist on 2nd November 2019 had an interesting article about satellites, photography and the Earth
It is now possible to index every large object on earth, in real time.
Google Earth is good, but for a variety of reasons, what it shows is usually 3 or 4 years old (and therefore of little commercial value). New firms are springing up offering up-to-the-moment services, almost to the extent of creating a search engine for the surface of the earth (if you pay, of course).
Some valuable commercial information is there:-
  • Counting the cars near stores every half hour – the firm can use this to evaluate promotions, but their rival can do it too, as can stock-market investers !
  • The sudden appearance of roads in forests can be detected, as can the progress of logging
  • The width of rivers (and so their flow) can be monitored every hour
  • Shipping traffic can be speeded up or slowed depending on spaces in ports
  • The amount of oil in every storage tank can be detected form the length of it’s shadow and the time of day, as the tanks rise when more oil is pumped in
  • The Allen Coral Atlas already maps every patch of coral in the world, and changes in the images can be investigated (illegal fishing boats could be detected
The potential is huge, both for positive and negative results
special photos of birds in flight
About Transition Liverpool
The main Transition Liverpool event is the monthly “Transition Café” which is on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. 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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Data Protection
Transition Liverpool only has the following information about you:- your name and your email address. We are not gathering any other information, and we would not give or sell our database to anyone else. However, we are using this free and very convenient emailing program, MailChimp, and they supply us some information that we are not really very interested in, such as which are the most popular links in each newsletter.
We don’t know what information Mailchimp is collecting on people, and what use they may be putting it to – they are not intrusive, and there is no advertising. It seems they may be similar to Google, Facebook and the others, however, it’s relatively easy to “Unsubscribe” if you are concerned about this – click the link in the footer at the end of this email.

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Best Wishes and Happy Transitions,   George
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