Transition Liverpool Newsletter, April 2019
Report on the Last Meeting
Other Transition Groups
Co-Housing, Cooperatives, etc
Sustainable Buildings, etc
Plastics, Zero-Waste and Recycling
Permaculture, plants, gardening, nature
Power to Change
Year of the Environment 2019
Next to Nowhere
Local Events, News and Comment
Courses and Trainings
Arts and Culture
Artist of the Month
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
Plus some spices and herbs for vitality.
- 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)
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)
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
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.”
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-village – on 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
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 catch – Guardian 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
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 potential – Facebook 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
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 –
Watch this space for more news !
- paracord 'survival' bracelets made from guy ropes,
- shopping bags made from old tent groundsheets
- waterproof clothing made from damaged tents
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
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 email@example.com
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 offence – Online .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 Highlands – Guardian 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 Communities – report 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