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Transition Liverpool Newsletter, April 2019
 
Transition Liverpool
           
Transition Café
            Report on the Last Meeting
            Transition Soup
            Other Transition Groups
Co-Housing, Cooperatives, etc
       
     Co-Housing Links
            Co-operatives
            Sustainable Buildings, etc
Plastics, Zero-Waste and Recycling
Permaculture, plants, gardening, nature
           
Merseyside BioBank
Community Development
            Power to Change        
Year of the Environment 2019
Favourites
           
The Brink
            Next to Nowhere
            Earth Moves
            2030 Hub
Major Events
Local Events, News and Comment
Courses and Trainings
Climate Change          
 
           Extinction Rebellion
            Climate Emergency
            Other News
Green News
Good Newsletters
Arts and Culture
New Thought
 
Science News
Artist of the Month
 

Transition Liverpool
 
Transition Café
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 18:30, Quaker Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool

This month’s theme is personal energy use. Transition core group leader Margaret Smith will present some background information about individual energy use, setting it in the current climate. She will also give a demonstration of some energy calculators.

This will be followed by a presentation by John Garrett who will give us a five year retrospective picture of what he has learned from retrofitting the Eco Offices in Ullet Road (
website for more info). This futuristic building is an incredibly important example of sustainable building practices, using passivehaus principles and a number of renewable energy gadgets including heat reclamation, high-tech insulation, repurposed and upcycled material and good old-fashioned elbow grease.

The evening will begin at 6.30 with soup and “bring and share” food. The presentation of the evening’s topic will begin at 7.15. We look forward to seeing those of you who can make it.
 
Action Steps
Firstly, here are some energy footprint calculators
1. Domestic appliance calculator – this provides an easy to use calculator on a small range of products.
2. This is a more comprehensive energy calculator that has a wider range of domestic appliances. It also looks at environmental aspects of some appliances.

3. The UK National energy calculator is here
4. For those who are interested in solar energy there is a calculator on this iwebsite

 
Secondly, we can share the calculators in this presentation with friends
Thirdly we can develop a Transition Streets programme in our local area.

 

Transition Twitter Account @TT_liverpool is our new Transition Liverpool twitter account.
 

March Meeting Report
Kay Bailey from Liverpool City Council Recycling Improvement Team gave us the latest information on the City Region’s current practices and future plans regarding waste disposal and recycling. We had a lively discussion with many questions from those present and some sent in by people who couldn’t come on the night, and this is clearly a topic of great interest to transitioners. The most important point she made, as always, was to refuse or avoid plastic packaging and non-recyclable hard plastics coming into your home in the first place. This isn’t always easy and we would love to hear from you about your own strategies and successes. Contact us on transitionliverpool@gmail.com. It emerged that a large proportion of our waste is incinerated to produce energy. Far from clean, this emits CO2  and noxious gases according to a report in the inhabit newsletter (inhabit.com) and is no more environmentally friendly than burying it in landfill.
We’re thinking about a visit to Gilmoss Recycling Discovery Centre in August and a visit to the Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre Liverpool 13, which has an adjacent charity shop which takes items for resale, disappointingly, only if they’re brand new and boxed.
 

WEBSITES
https://www.veolia.co.uk/merseyside-and-halton/education-community/recycling-discovery-centre
 
https://climateseries.com/lectures/35-lecture-4-rosemary-randall-climate-psychology-conversation
 

Transition Soup for April – Balanced Soup adapted from the Tassajara Cookbook (classic 70’s vegetarian cookbook)
 

The idea of this soup is to eat a balanced diet, in particular to eat equal amounts of seeds, roots, and plants
  • Seeds for soup – lentils, other pulses, beans, barley and other grains
  • Roots – carrot, parsnip, potato, swede, celeriac (buy organic carrots, or you must peel them)
  • Plants – onion, leek, butternut squash, peppers, tomato, brussels sprouts, etc. (don’t use cabbage)
Plus some spices and herbs for vitality.
 

Ingredients for 4 medium bowls- medium parsnip, carrot, onion and leek, 4 small potatoes, 12 brussel sprouts, 2 handfuls of red split lentils, 1 teaspoon each of stock concentrate, oil, curry paste and herbs.
(there is very little spice - you barely taste it, but you miss it if it's not there)
 

Instructions
1. If the pulses or beans will take longer than 20 minutes to cook, then cook them in advance. (split red lentils take 20 mins)(use the cooking water in the soup)
2. Chop all the ingredients in sizes that you like.
3A. Classic Method. Fry the spices in the oil, add onions and fry them, put in main pan. Then fry the other veg, and put in pan. This creates the stock. Add all the other ingredients.
3B. Lazy shortcut. Put everything in the pan together. (the curry paste is cooked already, and we use a stock – I like Vecon, and a mix of biryani and Madras paste. Any herbs you like – basil and thyme ?)
4. Cover the ingredients with water and bring to the boil.
5. Simmer for 20 minutes – all the ingredients will be cooked (test them if you want)
6. If you want to add special stuff – broccoli, tinned broad beans or peas, sweetcorn,  add these 2 to 5 minutes before serving.
This soup improves with age – store in a cool space or fridge. When you reheat, simmer for 5 to 10 mins


West Kirby Transition Town - on Facebook
 
Home Grown Bananas next meeting for songs, poetry and music is Thursday, 11th April: 6pm start at Lattetude, Dee Lane, West Kirby. (8pm finish)
 

Grange Park Community Orchard
More hand grafted apple trees have now been planted in this collection of fruit trees.
Join Incredible Edible and Friends of Grange Park for a session of maintenance. Meet us in Grange Park Cemetery, Lang Lane entrance, by the Scout Hut. Our next sessions are –
Saturday 13th April 3-4 p.m.
Thursday 25th April 1-2 p.m.
Saturday 11th May 3-4 p.m.
 

High Tidiers Litter Pickers
Saturday 6th April 10.00 am - 12.00pm. Thurstaston Common (Meet at the car park on Telegraph Road)
Sunday 21st April 10.00 am - 12.00pm. West Kirby Beach (Meet at Hilbre Tides Notice Board)
Sunday 5th May 10.00 am - 12.00pm. West Kirby Beach (Meet at Hilbre Tides Notice Board)
Saturday 18th May 10.00 am - 12.00pm. West Kirby Beach (Meet at Hilbre Tides Notice Board)
 

SAS Big Spring Beach Clean, Liverpool,
Crosby Beach, Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 11:00-14:00 – Facebook event for more details
https://www.facebook.com/events/1473671399441601/

 
Local Transition Groups on Facebook

Transition Liverpool https://www.facebook.com/transitionliverpool/
Transition Waterloo https://www.facebook.com/Transition-Waterloo-480154592483998/
Transition St Helens https://www.facebook.com/TransitionTownStHelens/
Transition Northwich https://www.facebook.com/groups/transitionnorthwich/
NW transition network https://www.facebook.com/groups/1943548482525833/
 
 

Co-Housing, Co-operatives, Sustainable Building
 
Meeting Postponed – we announced a public meeting for our co-housing group in the last newsletter. Unfortunately this has been postponed ………

“Difficulties have arisen in the Liverpool Co-Housing Core Group, both in its internal workings and because of members having to drop out or scale back their involvement for personal reasons.  Discussions are ongoing on the way forward but are likely to involve the recruitment of new core group members from those who’ve expressed interest in living in the community.   It may also involve the establishment of a larger group who are interested in joining but who currently do not have the time to commit to its development.”


Co-Housing
 
Confederation of Co-operative Housing (CCH) annual conference is on May 10th to 11th in Kenilworth Warwicks, with excellent speakers. - Facebook event
 
Free online 10 week Training for cohousing facilitators by McCamant & Durrett Architects – see website for details
or their Facebook page

Coming of age in cohousing - Growing up communally brings exposure to the world of adults—and lessons in interdependence - Internet article

Events Calendar at Tamera eco-villageon their website

Reflections on the first UK Community Land Summit online report
 
Community-led housing – what’s different about mutual home ownership societies (MHOS): interview with Paul Chatterton of LILAC

Types of Community Led Housing - internet article

Community-Led housing – on Facebook 
National CLT Network - on Facebook and main website

 
Co-operatives

Building better co-operative businesses
The Hive is a support programme for co-operatives delivered by Co‑operatives UK If you are looking to set-up a co‑operative, or you're from an existing co‑operative with ambitions to grow, you could benefit from up to 12 days bespoke support, training and mentoring. - visit their website
 

'It's going to be our little paradise': can co-ops solve the housing crisis?
For many people, bouncing between shoddy, overpriced house-shares is a fact of life. But there is a ready-made answer: the humble housing co-op – Guardian article

 
Swansea Council adopts co-operative housing policy
The new policy allows groups of people to set up their own co-operatives – internet report
 
A new breed of co-operatives is looking to redefine local media Guardian article
 
Coffee co-operatives championing grassroots sustainability in Nicaragua Guardian article
 
Fishing co-operatives offer a more sustainable catchGuardian article
 
Towards a Co-operative Commonwealth free online course from the USA
 
How do we grow the ‘co-operative commonwealth’? Interview with Pat Conaty - Low Impact article
 
Lessons from Finland: building a co-operative economy Guardian article
 
Sustainable Building
 
Ty Pren has volunteering opportunities from 1st-5th April and the 8th-13th
Learn how to make watttle and daub walls - You can learn the techniques of creating the woven wooden screen (or wattle) and the correct quantities of clay, sand and straw for the cob mixture (the daub). Also learn a little bit about roundhouse/Mandan/ general Roundwood Timber Framing construction (photo above)  - see their Facebook page

 
The European Straw Bale Gathering is coming to Yorkshire for 2019 - Low Impact article

3D printed concrete roof sections have great potentialFacebook 1 min Video
 
Integral City have a range of courses and publications about new ideas for the integral city - website
 
Vertical car parking machine – car parks don’t have to cover the earth ! – 1 min Facebook video
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=982524445270458&t=2
 
How to build a low-cost, high-performing living green roof - Low Impact article
 
Plastics and Recycling
 
Wirral’s “Little Collector” wonderful video puts all of us to shame
 
Plastic tactics Follow on Facebook
New video of how they recycle “Quality Street” tubs into piranha clamps (here in Liverpool)
New on their site – their first plantpots made from recycled plastic - see photo above
 

A Million Stars   Follow on Facebook
New products coming soon made from tents abandoned at festivals  –
  • paracord 'survival' bracelets made from guy ropes,
  • shopping bags made from old tent groundsheets
  • waterproof clothing made from damaged tents
Watch this space for more news !
 
Waste Not Want Not
Has set up  Refill Wirral – has lists of where you can refill your water bottle  FREE while you’re out and about, and saves you buyin single-use plastic bottles - on Facebook
 
Wirral Council Recycling Guide (see photo above) – you can get a free copy at Waste Not Want Not in Birkenhead Market (while you buy your zero-waste food ……. ) - see Facebook for opening times
 

Cloth recycling in India with hand technology – 2 min Facebook video
 
New Greenpeace video criticising Sainsbury’s attitude to plastics - 90 sec video on Greenpeace website

Good video on Plastic waste from Greenpeace Facebook 2 min video
 
461 communities nation-wide that have signed up to Surfers Against Sewage's plastic-free initiative – 49 of those are fully certified as plastic-free. You can see them on the map on this website
 
Sustainable Fashion is a Fashion Revolution –
an exclusive one night only screening of 'THE TRUE COST' Documentary in Liverpool. Tuesday, 23 April 2019 from 18:00-21:00, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock – Facebook event
 
Supermarkets urged to stop stalling over glitter sales ban Guardian Article
Big retailers must back customers’ wishes and phase out microplastics, campaigners say as petition is launched

 
Food, Gardening, Nature, Permaculture, etc
 
Permaculture Teacher Training course at Applewood Permaculture centre, 11 Jun at 15:00 – 20 Jun at 16:00 – Facebook event for more info
Also Forest Gardening Weekend, beginning 18th May – Facebook event for more info

Merseyside BioBank.
2019 City Nature Challenge. This April, cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2019 City Nature Challenge – their website. For the first time, the Liverpool City Region will be joining in, so it would be great  if we all give this a try, especially from 26th – 29th April.
It uses the iNaturalist app – see below


Could you try using the iNaturalist app ? – we can all be biological recorders with any mobile phone, and  wherever we are –  in our own gardens and allotments, or in the park or nature reserve !
iNaturalist breaks down many of the barriers that prevent you. It captures the necessary information to create a species observation, including photo or sound evidence, and makes this very easy. It is available on any mobile device and on a website so it’s very accessible.
More importantly however it has local feedback built into it. If a user wants to they can see live wildlife observations added by others. They can query a species, a general area or a specific boundary such as a park. If you go out into nature (or in your garden), please give it a try !! And, it gathers all the information from multiple observers.
There is an online community of helpers to check and assist with species identification. Education is a key part of iNaturalist and fundamental to it's success and continued engagement. If you have any queries or need support, please contact ben.deed@merseysidebiobank.org.uk
You can download iNaturalist from their website
 

Merseyside BioBank. These efforts are organised locally by Merseyside BioBank, the Local Environmental Records Centre for North Merseyside, which supports volunteer effort in collecting information on local wildlife that is then used to shape conservation locally. More details of their role and what they are trying to do is in their online newsletter

The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration was adopted by the General Assembly on 1 March as a global effort to bring some 2 billion hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes and seascapes into restoration between 2021 and 2030 – 1 minute UN video and  in-depth article
 
The Landworkers Alliance are recruiting …….. an events co-ordinator and a marketing sales and merhandise co-ordinator – see their website
 
North West Seed Saving Training Day is on 13th April at Hulme Community Garden Centre. – Facebook photo
 
Green Industrial Revolution at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, Saturday 6th April – free, booking requested – Facebook event

Make netting hedgerows and trees to prevent birds nesting a criminal offenceOnline .GOV petition
Raising the Ralla – potential new nature site in Kirkdale – download the PDF brochure
 
Buy organic food to help curb global insect collapse, say scientists - Urging political action on pesticide use is another way to help stem ‘collapse of nature’ – Guardian article
 
Go Sustain - Aquaponics, A More Sustainable Way Of Growing Food – 5 min Vimeo video
 
Farmers in Kenya have found an innovative solution to stop landslides, using bamboo – Facebook video
 
Indian state of Sikkim bans insecticides and sees wildlife and tourism flourish - internet report
 
Bolivia expects to be Food Independent by 2020 internet article
The Government of Bolivia has just invested $40 million to support small and medium farmers in food production, ith this aim


First urban ‘agrihood’ in America (in Detroit) feeds 2,000 households for FREE – internet article
 
Amsterdam is helping the bee crisis 1 min Facebook video

Urban Agriculture Revolution in the UK - Researchers at Lancaster University explore this potential – internet article
 
Windmill Wholefoods have fresh organic fruit and veg – new stock arrives every Wednesday afternoon – follow them on Facebook
 
Danish billionaires plan to rewild large swath of Scottish HighlandsGuardian Report
Scotland’s largest private landowners want to reverse years of land mismanagement.

 
How America’s food giants swallowed the family farms Guardian article
 
How to make a windbreak: the best trees and shrubs to use - Low Impact article
 
The European Straw Bale Gathering is coming to Yorkshire for 2019 - Low Impact article
 
From folk music to pheasants with Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK - Low Impact article
 
Tales of a winter working in a traditional tannery in Norway - Low Impact article
 
Local and Community Development
 
Local citizens’ assemblies could break our political deadlock – but the government have vetoed them – article from the Electoral Reform Society
 
The Community Paradigm – why Public Services need Radical Change and how it can be achieved
- free downloads from the New Local Government Network

 
Buurtzorg: revolutionising home care in the Netherlands – from the Centre for Public Impact - internet report
 
Beyond Preston: How local wealth building is taking the UK by storm – internet article

Silent rooftop wind turbines could generate half of a household’s energy needs – internet article
 
Steady-State Manchester interesting new website
posted on 26th March “Today at Salford’s Lowry centre, Mayor Andy Burnham’s second Green Summit takes place.  It will launch the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s 5-year Environment Plan.  Climate campaigners in Greater Manchester have considered it and found it lacking.”
Second green summit ………….. 5-year environment plan ………. Hmmmm !? what can you say ?
 

What is Municipal Socialism in the 21st Century?2 min Facebook video from Stir to Action

Equitable Development Toolkit: Local Food Procurement – download a free PDF (American)
 
"Flatpack Democracy” in the Local Elections – “many more candidates are rejecting the farce of Party politics in favour of reclaiming politics for the people” – The Alternative website
 
Local, civic action is growing a climate revolution from below internet article
 
The Cost of Disconnected Communitiesreport from the Eden Project
 
Power to Change
The Power to Change newsletter is very good – visit this page to subscribe and to see the latest newsletter
The following events and resources are “harvested” from it:-
 

April is National Stress Awareness Month see their website for help
 
Community Business Find gets another £3 million funding Power to Change website
 
Growth, sustainability and purpose in the community business market in the Liverpool City Region is a major report by Power to Change – PDF download
 
Community Run Libraries – online Soundcloud podcast – 1 min trailer, links to 25 min main report
 
Protecting Community Assets for the long term - website
 
Year of the Environment 2019
Is on Facebook and the Website has the full programme 
This list of events is in date order, the Website has the full details of the programme  :-

Ten Acre Pits Litter Pick - April 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm          
Ten Acre Pits, Acacia Avenue Huyton L36

Jubilee Park, Huyton Litter Pick - April 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Jubilee Park, Liverpool Road. Page Moss, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 3YB

Court Hey Park Litter Pick – April 8th  @  1 to 3pm
With the friends of Court Hey Park, Huyton

Sankey Valley Park Litter Pick, April 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sankey Valley Park, Blackbrook Road, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0AB

Sankey Valley Park Health Walk, April 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sankey Valley Park, Blackbrook Road, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0AB

Help Create a Wildflower Meadow at Halewood Park - April 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm    
Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood, L26 7YD

Facing the Crisis: Parks and People Stronger Together, April 13 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Birkenhead Town Hall, Mortimer Street, Birkenhead, CH41 5EU

Taylor Park Clean up, April 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taylor Park, Grosvenor Road, St.Helens, WA10 3HX

Acornfield Plantation, Easter Trail  Kirkby, April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Acornfield Plantation, Spinney Road, L33 7YX, Spinney Road, Kirkby, L33 7YX

Court Hey Park Easter Event, April 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Court Hey Park, park near Court Hey Drive, Liverpool United Kingdom

Siding Lane Nature Reserve Health Walk, April 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Siding Lane Nature Reserve, Siding Lane, Rainford, St Helens WA11 7SR

RSPB Indoor: AGM and Presentation by Chris Tynan, April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saint Matthew and St. James Mossley Hill Parish Church, Rose Lane, Liverpool, L18 8DB

Ten Acre Pits, Huyton Easter Event, April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ten Acre Pits, Acacia Avenue Huyton L36

Halewood Park Community Litter Pick, April 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood, L26 7XB United Kingdom

Taylor Park Conservation Group, April 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taylor Park, Grosvenor Road, St.Helens, WA10 3HX

McGoldrick Park Easter Event, April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
McGoldrick Park, Rydal Road, Knowsley, Huyton, L36 5UX

Bird Boxes and Easter Chicks at Saxon Green, Kirkby, April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saxon Green, Saxon Way, Kirkby, L33 4HD

West Lancashire Wildlife: Lancashire, a journey into the wild,
April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Edgehill University Ormskirk, L39 4AL
Stadt Moers Park - Follow the Easter Trail, Whiston, April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stadt Moers Environment Centre, Pottery Lane Whiston, L35 3RG

Court Hey Park Twilight Session – April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Merseyside BioBank, Court Hey Park, Roby Road, Huyton, L16 3NA

Victoria Park St.Helens Easter Egg Hunt - April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Victoria Park, City Road, St.Helens, Merseyside WA10 2UB

Earth Day 2019  - April 22
Liverpool City Region and Worldwide
Billinge Health Walk, April 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Bankes Park, Main Street, Billinge, St Helens WN5 7HR

Childwall YOE Health Walk – April 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Childwall Neighbourhood Health Centre, Queens Drive, Liverpool, L15 6UR

Liverpool Region City Nature Challenge - April 26 - April 29
Liverpool 5k Your Way; move against cancer in Princes Park, April 27 @ 8:45 am - 11:00 am
Princes Park Liverpool, L8 3SB

River Restoration Conference – River Restoration in Practice, April 30 @ 8:00 am - May 1 @ 5:00 pm
Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, Ranelagh St, Liverpool, L3 5UL

Walk in the Woods Event, May 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
More details soon

Mesnes Park Health Walk, May 1 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Mesnes Park, Park Road North, Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 9TA

Ceremony – Echo Environment Awards – in association with Merseyrail, May 2
The Isla Gladstone, Liverpool, 1 Anfield Rd,  Liverpool, L4 0TD

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
Liverpool City Region and Worldwide

Taylor Park Clean up, May 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taylor Park, Grosvenor Road, St.Helens, WA10 3HX

Taylor Park Conservation Group, May 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taylor Park, Grosvenor Road, St.Helens, WA10 3HX

World Migratory Bird Day - May 11 - May 12
St.Helens Cemetery & Crematorium Open Day, May 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
St Helens Crematorium, Rainford Road, St Helens, Merseyside Wa10 6DF


Our Favourites
 
The Brink - Liverpool's recovery bar - follow them on Facebook
 
MONDAYS  - 12.00 – 15.00 WELFARE ADVICE
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:.
THURSDAYS - 12.30 – 14.30 FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
A group for anyone affected by a loved one’s misuse of alcohol or drugs.
FRIDAYS  - 09.00 – 10.00 MORNING MEDITATION
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.
SATURDAYS  - 11.00 – 12.00 FOOTBALL TEAM – TRAINING
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
 
EASTER FAMILY PARTY – April 10th
 
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 see their website for more
 
Food from Nowhere. Every Saturday from 12 noon – vegan kitchen, good food by donation - see the programme
Also People’s Kitchen is Friday 19th April March 6.30pm

 
Liverpool Anarchist Bookfair, Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 11:00-17:00 - Facebook event
Black-e Liverpool, 1 Great George Street, L1 5EW Liverpool
(Help is also needed for the catering collective)
 

Earth Moves is on Facebook 
 
Drawing Down the Goddess - Sunday, 14 April 2019 from 11:00-14:00 at the World Museum – Facebook event
 
Environmental Volunteering CourseFree – Weds 24th April, New Brighton Community Centre – Facebook event
 

Introduction to Consciousness Studies - Monday, 15 April 2019 from 19:00-22:00 – Facebook event
           
Green Networking - Friday, 24 May 2019 from 19:00-22:00– Facebook event
 
2030 hub – see the Facebook page for more details of these events
 

Introduction to B Corp: For-profit + social mission - Facebook event
Tuesday, 9 April 2019 from 08:30-10:30, 2030 Hub, 23 Argyle St, Liverpool 1.
 

2030 hub Member Networking - Facebook event
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 from 20:00-21:30, 2030 Hub, 23 Argyle St, Liverpool 1


Major Events

CTRLshift Emergency Summit for Change - the second CTRLshift summit is in Stoke-on-Trent hosts in May - report and on Facebook and their website
 
Just Transition Strategy for the North of England - Decarbonisation holds huge potential for the north of England.
Tuesday April 9th Event in Leeds by Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) – Eventbrite booking needed

 

Green Industrial Revolution at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, Saturday 6th April – free, booking requested – Facebook event
 
Climate Change & Consciousness Conference Livestream
At Findhorn, 20 – 26 April 2019 – you can join the livestream or create a local hub. The livestream fee is now negotiable !  - register and pay on this website

EarthFirst! and Animal Liberation summer gathering 2019, 14 Aug at 09:00 – 20 Aug at 18:00 in NE England – Facebook event
6 days of skill-sharing for grassroots ecological direct action and animal rights - make links, share ideas, and get involved in the struggles against fracking, coal, nuclear, new roads and more. This year's gathering will take place in solidarity with anti-coal resistance in the north-east - with some fun stuff happpening after the weekend! Tell your comrades, bring your friends!
 

The Otherness Lab, Weekend near Bristol begins 30th April – Facebook event for more info
You are invited into a supported space of transformative compassionate curiosity, to ask ourselves and each other 'what is it like to be you?’
The OpenEdge team explore the phenomenon and experience of 'otherness' and 'being othered' in our personal lives and within the systems and structures of our communities.

 

Events Calendar at Tamera eco-village on their website
 
Local Events, News and Comment
 
Liverpool Anarchist Bookfair, Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 11:00-17:00 - Facebook event
Black-e Liverpool, 1 Great George Street, L1 5EW Liverpool

(Help is also needed for the catering collective)
 

Sustainable Fashion is a Fashion Revolution
an exclusive one night only screening of 'THE TRUE COST' Documentary in Liverpool.
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 from 18:00-21:00, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock – Facebook event

 
Fleet of zero-carbon hydrogen-powered buses coming to Liverpool city region
A consortium led by industrial gases company BOC, and including Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Arcola Energy, has secured £6.4m from the Government for a pilot project
There will a new hydrogen refuelling station  for buses at the BOC plant in St Helens, which already produces hydrogen for industrial customers in the region and further afield. - news report

 

Steve Rotheram: failing on the climate crisis. Steve Rotheram should by now have produced a competent carbon reduction plan, but has failed to produce one. – Internet article
 
Chester has been named a Sustainable Palm Oil City following a campaign led by its zoo.
More than 50 local organisations, including restaurants and the city's university, have committed to changing the way they buy palm oil. - BBC Report

 
Liverpool Green Party proposes £120 million Climate Emergency Fund
This was proposed by the Green Party as an amendment to the City Council Budget - Green Party website
 

Land Rover (Liverpool) manufacturing tours – various tours of the factory available at different costs – visit their website for more information – last minute special also available – see their website
 

Liverpool and Slavery - Walking Tour - WoWFEST19 event (Writing on the Wall Festival),
Sunday, 5 May 2019 from 12:00-14:00, St George’s Plateau – see Facebook event

 

Raising the Ralla – potential new nature site in Kirkdale – download the PDF brochure

Easter Funday, Moorside Park, Crosby, 6th April, 1 to 3pm - Facebook event
 

Old maps of Liverpool - this Great site must have them all !
 

Wirhalh Skip Felagr – Wirral Viking re-enactment group looks like fun website  or Facebook
 

Birchwood Junk Food Café is open at Tanhouse Community Centre - Every Monday in Skelmersdale  starting from 5pm. Their Homework Club which is starting in the middle of April. – on Facebook for more info
 

Local maker centre DoES will be featured on the Gadget Show soon
 

Climate Change
Extinction Rebellion
Tends to have meetings at short notice – please follow your local group on Facebook !!
 

XR Liverpoolon Facebook
XR Wirral on Facebook
 

Extinction rebellionnew main website and to subscribe to their excellent newsletter
 

Extinction Rebellion supporters strip naked and glue themselves to the screen in House of Commons Brexit debate, in case you missed it – HuffPost report
 

Extinction Rebellion activists throw 'blood' outside Downing Street – Guardian report
Protesters use red paint to symbolise climate deaths, the day after a sit-in disrupts a Scottish oil event
 

Climate Emergency
 
Labour declares national ‘environment and climate emergency’ Independent report
Move comes after dozens of councils and thousands of schoolchildren around country call for more drastic action to tackle climate change


Plymouth declares a climate emergencyinternet article
 
Local Council Climate Emergency Declarations in the UK - online map

Labour Party may have declared  a Climate Emergency ! Sue Hayman, the MP who acts as the Labour Party’s shadow environment secretary, took to the House of Commons floor to push for the UK to declare an “an environment and climate emergency.” However, this may not yet be party policy ?! - Report from CTRLshift
About 10% of UK councils have now declared a climate emergency
 

Other Climate News
 
Youth Climate Strike: there is no planet B
Great photo gallery from around the world in the Guardian

Youth Climate Strike in March in Liverpool. Our young people, and a few adults, demanding radical change to save the planet. Facebook gallery of photos from Nerve Magazine

Why climate action is the antithesis of white supremacy Guardian article

“What If” is a new trailer from the “Age of Stupid” team which has now been released, 10 years on from the original. Watch the 9 min trailer here
 

Don't know how to save the planet? Mike Berners-Lee, the author of There Is No Planet B, A Handbook for the Make or Break Years, answers the big question, and suggests what you can do – Guardian article / book extract
 

Silent rooftop wind turbines could generate half of a household’s energy needs (see photo above) – internet article
 

Unlocking Sustainable Cities  - A Manifesto for Real Change – book by Paul Chatterton - Good website about a new book
Car Free City – Post Carbon City – Bio City – Common City – Read the Manifestos
 

Fracking: Government guidance 'unlawful' rules High Court BBC report
 

Liverpool Green Party proposes £120 million Climate Emergency Fund as amendment to City budget - internet article
 
15 of the largest cargo ships in the world create more emissions than all 750 million cars in the world (sorry, this statistic may not be exactly true, but there is still a major issue with ship’s exhausts) - internet article
 
Fleet of zero-carbon hydrogen-powered buses coming to Liverpool city region
A consortium led by industrial gases company BOC, and including Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Arcola Energy, has secured £6.4m from the Government for a pilot project
There will a new hydrogen refuelling station  for buses at the BOC plant in St Helens, which already produces hydrogen for industrial customers in the region and further afield. - internet report
 
A new Google Maps online tool can evaluate a city’s carbon footprint online report from the Buckminster Fuller Institute
Environmental Insights Explorer calculates emissions from buildings, car trips, and public transport to illustrate how a city’s sustainability efforts are faring.
Looking at a city’s Google Maps data, in combination with other data, a new tool from Google can estimate the carbon footprint of all of its buildings–and the carbon footprint of all the car trips, bus and subway rides, and other transportation used by the people living there.
 

Courses and Trainings
 
PLACED Academy will provide training a 1 year training for 30 young people in Liverpool.
PLACED Academy is a new programme based in Liverpool to inspire the next generation of place makers from the North West about the built environment.
Our programme of fun events and professional development activities will help to develop your skills, make your CV stand out from the crowd, build your confidence and get you ready for your next steps.
You’ll be working alongside professionals including architects, planners, urban designers as well as students, giving you real insider knowledge.
You don’t need to have any particular skills, experience or knowledge – just an enthusiasm to get involved and take part.
Whether it’s college, university, apprenticeships or work experience you are interested in, PLACED will work with you to develop a bespoke programme to help get you where you want to be. To apply or be a sponsor visit this page.To learn All about the Placed Academy course.  For more about the main Placed organisation - website


Towards a Co-operative Commonwealthfree online course from the USA
 

Grow Wild – Funding for youth-led creative projectsapply here if you are 14-25 to flex your creative skills
 

Campaign Bootcamp – free place available, 14th – 19th July – apply using this link
A Merseyside specific scholarship is available for this activist bootcamp! Applications are now open for our 16th Bootcamp in July! The Bootcamp is a 6 day residential training that takes place at Gilwell Park in Chingford three times a year, which brings together 35 different campaigners and activists (most of them grassroots) to explore campaign strategy, effective communications, how to work with the media, and so on. At Campaign Bootcamp we believe campaigns should be led by people with direct experience of what they campaign on - therefore we seek participants and speakers who are marginalised and/or have lived experience of the issues they seek to address.
 

Wild Medicine days – with Zoe Blackwell Medical Herbalist is at St Bridgets Centre, West Kirby, and several other locations, with study days around the year, plus Flower Medicine events too. Zoe offers other workshops at other locations too – please see her Facebook event for details
 

Climate Change & Consciousness Conference Livestream
At Findhorn, 20 – 26 April 2019 – you can join the livestream or create a local hub. The livestream fee is now negotiable !  - register and pay on this website
 

Merseyside Academy of Drama – Acting for Camera is a 10 week intermediate level acting course for adults on Thursday nights starting May 2ndsee their website for details
 

An Afternoon of Free Talks by Leading British Victorianists, 8th May, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool – see the website for more information about speakers, registration needed.
 

Radio Local: Wirral by Hunt & Darton (a workshop on 6th and 7th April – see Eventbrite for details)
Join Hunt and Darton for a whistlestop tour of the world of radio presenting. This FREE two day workshop will get your fingers on the buttons and your voice on the airwaves, introducing you to the key skills involved in hosting a show on the radio. Conduct interviews, compose jingles, brush up on your banter - and bring everything together for your own bespoke broadcast.
also see their website
Part of Wirral Borough of Culture 2019-04-01
 

Slow Flow, Relax and Reset Workshop at White Wolf Studio, 14th April – see Facebook event for details

Yoga Workshop: The Power From Within at White Wolf Studio, 4th May – see Facebook event for details

WEA - as always the WEA has lots of wonderful courses - webpage

Green News
News about the death of the Solar feed-in-tariff, and what it all means – Good Energy website
 

The rebel bank, printing its own notes and buying back people's debts – Guardian report
‘HSCB’ in Walthamstow is selling printed ‘banknotes’ to raise money to buy local debt

 

Refill Wirral – has lists of where you can refill your water bottle  FREE while you’re out and about, and saves you buyin single-use plastic bottles - see the Facebook page
 

Banks Invested $1.9 Trillion in Fossil Fuels Since Paris Climate Pact - This is major global banks, led by JPMorgan Chase, – web report
 

Cars are killing us. Within 10 years, we must phase them out – Guardian article by George Monbiot
 

Gas heating ban for new homes from 2025 BBC report
 

The top 5 cities for clean transport in EuropeGreenpeace video
 

Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipesinternet article
 

Eden Project North comes to Morecombe – it could be open by 2021 – internet report
 

Taking solar railways off the drawing board onto the tracksarticle from 1010uk.org
 

Not just for vegans: low-impact family festivals in 2019 from Vegan Events UK - Low Impact article
 

The bright future of solar thermal powered factoriesarticle in Low-Tech magazine
 

Navajo tribe votes to stop their 100-year dependency on coal and mining internet report
 

Against 5G phone experiments report on the Merseyfocus website
There are a lot of demonstrations locally against 5G phone technology - The ‘Peoples Peace Party’ handed out flyers and gathered signatures on Sunday 24th March to urge the council to suspend any plans to implement the 5G infrastructure until a government funded, independent inquiry has taken place. They also tested the EMF fields of everyone’s phones.
“The Liverpool city region is a test bed for the roll out of 5G. There has been no formal testing, it’s uninsurable, we haven’t consented to it.”
“The 5G technology is too new to have been thoroughly tested and studied. The deployment of 5G, or fifth generation cellular technology, constitutes a massive experiment on the health of all species.”
5G uses a different wavelength at higher power. It may deliver higher speeds, but who really needs this – trees block the signal, so they have cut them all down in the Kensington area of Liverpool. Join them on Facebook


Your Experience in Work - Please help the mental health charity MIND by joining in this online survey
 

Good Newsletters
 
Centre for Alternative Technologyview their latest newsletter online Subscribe to it here
 

The Power to Change newsletter is very good – visit this page to subscribe and to see the latest newsletter
 

Guardian Green Light Newsletter – Sign up for it on this page
 

Green Bullet newsletter - specialises in land use and planning policy – email  andyyuille@gmail.com to include material and to subscribe
There is also an online archive of the newsletters
 

Arts and Culture
 
Merseyside Academy of Drama – Acting for Camera is a 10 week intermediate level acting course for adults on Thursday nights starting May 2ndsee their website for details
 

Radio Local: Wirral by Hunt & Darton (a workshop on 6th and 7th April – see Eventbrite for details)
Join Hunt and Darton for a whistlestop tour of the world of radio presenting. This FREE two day workshop will get your fingers on the buttons and your voice on the airwaves, introducing you to the key skills involved in hosting a show on the radio. Conduct interviews, compose jingles, brush up on your banter - and bring everything together for your own bespoke broadcast. Also see their website
 

Better Worlds: a science fiction project about hope – online project - join in here on the website
 

“What If” is a new trailer from the “Age of Stupid” team which has now been released, 10 years on from the original. Watch the 9 min trailer here
 

A child can transform a twig and a pile of leaves into anything, by Jay Griffiths – on Rob Hopkins website
 

New Thought
 
Rethink Activism in the Face of Catastrophic Biological Collapse
Environmental collapse, coupled with living in the sixth mass extinction, are new territory … internet article
 

Regenerative Cultures30 min talk by Daniel Wahl
 

Sacred Economics 12 minute video 2019 by  Charles Eisenstein
 

Become an Earth Protectorsign up at this website !
 

Grieve, Play, Love  - a 9 minute film on Climate Change by Jem Bendell
 

The destruction of the Earth is a crime. It should be prosecuted – internet article by George Monbiot
 

Kali Akuno on imagination and “the ways we can and must resist”online article by Rob Hopkins
 

Facing up to the age of environmental breakdownIPPR report
 

How to be an adult - Kegan’s Theory of Adult Development – Part 1 - internet article
 

From Ecocide to Ecolibrium: The Great Turning – TED talk by Polly Higgins on YouTube
 

Radical visions for the future of government - Nesta want your ideas! – visit the website
In September this year, we will be releasing a collection of radical visions for the future of government, and we’re inviting you to take part!

 

A ‘Transcender Manifesto’ for a world beyond capitalism - Low Impact article
 

Science news - How Earth has developed
 From New Scientist, 23rd March 2019-04-05
 
Earth has a number of great advantages  - it has lots or water, and also lots of iron and other useful metals like copper and gold (plus its orbit is in the Goldilocks “lucky” zone, just the right distance from the sun)
As we begin to be able to detect and analyse planets around other stars, as far as we can tell, very few planets have this combination of lots of metals and lots of water, so:-
 
Where did the water and metals come from ? – We think they came from asteroids and wandering interstellar rocks. Our analysis of the ‘Oumuamua interstellar asteroid that passed by recently shows that objects like this could be vital in planet formation if they get pulled into an orbit around another star.
(previously our model has been that planets form out of rings of gas and dust left behind after a star forms, and gradually gravity draws the gas and dust together to form a planet)
Scientists calculate that there should be at least 10 million objects the size of  ‘Oumuamua (100 metres across) around every star. With our existing technology it’s hard to confirm this, though statistically about 1,000 of these should be more than a kilometre across. When they are this size, they could begin to attract dust and pebbles and develop into planets or moon size. They also estimate 29 trillion objects of this size within each cubic light year, and the sun is 4 light years away from Alpha Centauri, the nearest star.
Part of the mechanism is that these would eventually collide, perhaps forming bigger planets, but perhaps collapsing into small pebbles again. There is a certain size and composition where the planet would become molten inside, and be earthlike, and also where the water from the asteroids would be retained.
 
But how did the asteroids get the water and metals ?  At the dawn of time, it took a long time after the big bang for the universe to expand and cool enough for atoms to exist. The matter then was nearly all hydrogen and helium, and this is what the earliest stars were mostly composed of - there were no planets. These stars were massive and had very short lives (population III stars) before they became supernovas, which is when the first metals formed and were spread. We now think that several generations of stars have continued this process of birth from gas and dust, existence as a star and forming more metals, then becoming a supernova which spreads it all again. The same applies to planets, which are thought to form near to stars from the left-over and heavier materials, while the stars form from lighter gases. As this article suggests, the wandering asteroids also take part in this, having been set in motion by other steller and planetary events, but then pulled into orbit by gravity if they come too close to a star. It’s very interesting to imagine how the system feeds back on itself and what the end result will be !
Wikipedia Timelines in Epochs of Cosmology is excellent on this


 
Artist of the Month
This month artist is Alefes Silva, who is Colombian – his work is on Behance

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.
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