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Transition Liverpool Newsletter, August 2019
Transition Liverpool
Climate Change
Million Stars
Plastic Tactics
Food of the Future –
Special Feature
Local Events, Workshops, Opportunities
National Events and Workshops
Other News, etc.
Photos of the Month

This is a short newsletter, as things are quiet in August. We may keep to this format in future - if you would like to submit your event or contribute a special feature, please email -
This  is a map of Merseyside after a further 1.5 degree C temperature rise, in addition to the existing 0.5 degree rise. This will lead to an estimated sea level rise of 20 metres
- the map shows where the sea will be if it is 20m higher
Transition Liverpool

There is NO Transition Café this month – Transition is on holiday so there is no meeting -  the next meeting is September 11th

Transition Liverpool has a website
and is on Facebook

Gathering/ Symposium - Taking Action against Climate Breakdown
For your diary, it’s Saturday 12 October 2019, 9:30am – 4pm, Liverpool Quaker Meeting House
This is A North West Gathering hosted by Transition Liverpool
Join the local Transition Towns community for our annual gathering, a chance to look at problems caused by climate change and encourage active participation in developing solutions.
During this day-long event we will:
  • Take a look at the likely impact of fossil fuel use on our coastline as the area becomes more severely affected by sea level rises and storm surges
  • Hear from local groups about their activities to give a picture of the important work collectively achieved during this Year of the Environment
  • Seek to support and inspire each other as we make necessary changes to our individual lifestyles
  • Discuss the steps we need to take to reduce emissions
  • Explore how can we work with politicians in our local region to tackle climate breakdown
A light lunch will be provided with vegan and vegetarian soup, and desserts
Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. We will be accepting donations on the day towards lunch and the work of Transition Liverpool   Link for Eventbrite Booking

Other Local Transition Groups
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

Climate Change
Mayor of Liverpool appoints Climate Change Champion - news report

Climate Change Emergency declared in Liverpool - news report

Climate Change Emergency declared in Wirral - news report

Sefton did it too !! - news report

Extinction Rebellion Liverpool is on Facebook

Climate Scientist talks about letting down humanityinternet interview
Million Stars

Million Stars is busy ........

Crowdfunder for Sew Intentse  Million Stars have launched a Crowdfunder through NatWest's 'Back Her Business' initiative which is designed to encourage and support female entrepreneurship. We're encouraging as many people as possible to support on the crowdfunder website. If we reach £1,250 NatWest will boost it by £3,000. This will enable us to run community sewing 'sewcials' with additional opportunities leading to paid employment by manufacting our InTENTse Collection made out of festival waste.

Introduction to Sustainable Events and Venues. The next taster session is on 29/8 at the 2030 Hub. Topics covered include legislation, compliance and SDG's.  - Eventbrite Booking needed

Volunteers to go to Creamfields. 23,000 Tonnes of waste will be generated by UK Music Festivals this year. Creamfields, held in Daresbury, Warrington will typically see an estimated 60,000 tents abandoned. Million Stars are appealing for volunteers to join them on August Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday 27th as they rescue as many tents as possible that would otherwise be destined for landfill. To request a registration form please email:

They also hope to open a new Recycling Point for Non Recyclables at the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Old Swan. This will be for camping equipment including chairs/tents, inflatables, advertising banners and event shelters. They'll even accept damaged items.

Plastic Tactics

Fundraising. Plastic Tactics are finally fundraising! They've been reluctant to do this too soon -  it's easy to follow the money and end up off-track, rather than going where you meant to go.
They now have three clear pitches to funders!
  • Plastic Playground: a community workspace for small scale plastic recycling
  • Events: Taking recycling into schools for STEM/eco workshops
  • Magic Recycling Bike: A mobile recycling machine on a bike
Does anyone know of funds/funders that spring to mind? Contact them on Facebook

Plastic Playground  is at DoES Liverpool on 18th August and 1st September, 1-4pm. - the event is very hands on -  it's an active, creative and fairly improvisational session - we don't talk about plastic pollution or single use plastics etc., we just figure out what we can do with the stuff in the room or stuff we have brought with us, and how to create improved machines.

Giant Crushers  -  14 min video on Facebook !
Foods of the Future ? Special Feature

Introduction. We face many problems with food supplies and waste management, and these are some of the possibilities that could reduce waste and save farmland and the seas from further exploitation
  • Recycling Food Waste - Black Soldier Fly larvae can eat all the waste food, cooked and uncooked, and then be used as fish and chicken food
  • Reducing water use - Aquaponics can use the poisonous waste water from fish farms, by using the water for hydroponic salad crops
  • Reducing land use. With hydroponics and LED lighting you can grow salad crops anywhere, e.g using  Zipfarms
  • Reducing sea pollution. Gardening the oceans can produce valuable seaweed and shellfish drops, and remove excess nitrates from the sea
  • Growing Mushrooms and Insects. Fungo can use certain types of waste like coffee grounds and produce valuable crops. Likewise insects.
The sites and videos below give an overview of what is happening at the moment
Fly larvae
Black Soldier Flies their larvae recycle organic waste and complete the foodcycle – 5 minute video of a pilot plant in Indonesia using the larvae to feed fish and chickens – in some ways this is grotesque, but less so than the level of waste food that we throw away
Watch the larvae eat a pizza 30 sec video

Research at Cambridge University4 min video

Farm Urban are our local experts, they feed fish, and then use the water for hydroponics, with great success – visit their website for details of all their demonstration systems

Zipfarm. Farm Urban have just ordered a 240 tower zipfarm, which we'll be installing in the basement of the UTC Liverpool Life Sciences school at the beginning of the September. That will mean that they'll be starting commercial production of leafy greens into the surrounding area in the latter part of this year. For examples elsewhere

Baltic Farm. Farm Urban are involved in this project - see the website . Baltic Farm will have an open day on Friday 23rd of August for people who would like to learn more about the project – hydroponics, community farming, permaculture, bee-keeping, creative arts

Aquaponics15 min video of the Farm Urban team leading a University course

Seaweed growing and sea farming
Gardening the Oceans. Permaculture magazine has a feature on “Gardening the Oceans” especially growing seaweed and some crustaceans. These are the main links from it:-
Thimble Island Ocean Farm grows kelp, scallops, mussels and oysters on a 1 acre patch of a bay in New England. The kelp thrives on the high nitrogen run off from farming - see their website

Greenwave. This has now grown into a global movement, Greenwave - see their website

Marine Permaculture.  The Climate Foundation is developing a form of Marine Permaculture which draws nutrient-rich water to the surface where it feeds plankton and kelp, plus develops an ecosystem of fish - see their website

Inishbofin Island off the west coast of Ireland is reviving the use of seaweed for growing crops, and using earth banks to develop a permaculture in a very story and windy place - see their website

Fungi and Mushrooms
Growing Fungi from coffee grounds in Brighton – 5 min video

Low Impact guide to growing fungi – Part 9 has links to parts 1 to 8 - see their website
You need to be very careful with sterilising, otherwise the wrong moulds and fungi grow

Crunchy Critters is a UK firm which will supply your need for edible insects (if you have a need for that !) - website
Some branches of Sainsbury’s sell them too !

Roast Crickets - BBC report on eating roast crickets

Factory salads
Jones Food Company have built the largest salad production facility in Europe in Scunthorpe – it uses LED lights and hydroponics - see their website

Underground Salad factory in a disused part of London Underground in Clapham, South London – 20 sec video clip or a longer 3 min video

Local Events, Workshops, Opportunities
Superheroes Day 2019 at Wirral Transport Museum - Saturday 17th August 12.30 to 5pm - Facebook event

Thai Boxercise – Tuesday 13th August 7pm at the Brink – FREE class, for beginners - Facebook event

Extinction Rebellion – Sustainable Fashion clothes swap – every Saturday from 2pm at Ropewalks Square (runs for 8 weeks from 10th August) - Facebook event

Global Climate Strike – 20th September, 9am to 5pm
Check the Facebook page for more information

Wirral EarthFest is on Saturday Sept 21st at St Bridget’s, West Kirby - Facebook event

One Wirral Festival 2019, Saturday August 17th in Birkenhead Park - Facebook event

Wild Air Adventures. They are based on Cronton Colliery (Tarbock Island/The Land Trust) and are delivering daily holiday clubs designed to 're-wild' local children, bringing them back to nature. - see their website for details

New Brighton Pirate Fest, Saturday August 17th - Facebook event

Baltic Farm. - visit their website. Baltic Farm will have an open day on Friday 23rd of August for people who would like to come down to learn more about the project – Hydroponics, community farming, permaculture, bee-keeping, creative arts ….. (Farm Urban are involved in this)

Taking Root in Bootle – follow all the good (natural) things going on in Bootle - follow them on Facebook

Doing Something Different – bored with all the marketing on Facebook – try this as well !! – they find some really valuable and interesting content of local and general interest (only 1 or 2 posts a day !!) - follow them on Facebook

Ecologist at Sefton Council - Job Vacancy - see their website

YOE 2019 LCR Year of the Environment. has lots of events still going on all over Merseyside – see the website

National Events and Workshops
Eden Project Community Camps – in Cornwall with free travel and accommodation
“Community Camp is for people across the UK who want to start a community project or are already doing something and want to take the next step. Camp is suitable for people who are just starting out on their journey, or those who are more experienced but keen to learn from and share with others.” - see their website


Living the New Story Now – live-streamed co-creative workshop from Findhorn, lasts 6 months with streamed presentations, Zoom sessions, etc, begins 12the Sept to 2nd April, variable cost. - see their website

Organising for Change Training - in London, October 11th to 13th  - Facebook event
“We are angry, deflated or frustrated with the British political system right now, but we must continue building power, street by street, heart by heart. If you want to learn about building grassroots power, join our next Organising for Change training”

Bootcamp 17 – online information  and application - see their website
The training brings together 35 new campaigners from across the country (and sometimes from other parts of the world) to learn and build a community together.
In the course of a week, Campaign Bootcamp will take you on a journey through planning and running an effective campaign, giving you space each day to work out how what you have learnt applies to the work you are doing. Each day has a different theme reflecting a different part of your campaign. By the end of the week you should come out with a campaign plan you can take forward for the next year or so.
Applications for Campaign Bootcamp are open and will close on 9am BST on Tuesday 13th August 2019.

Other News, etc.
Finland is winning the war on Fake News
“Just like any polluting companies or factories should be and are already regulated, for polluting the air and the forests, the waters, these companies are polluting the minds of people. So, they also have to pay for it and take responsibility for it.” - internet report

Play Street in Stockport - short BBC video
Apparently you can apply to any council to close your street once a month

A new card game for radical change - Indiegogo crowdfunder

“Gravity Glue” video of stone stack in a river – 2 min Facebook video

Global Ecovillage Network - 10 min Youtube video

We are in the Underworld and we haven’t figured it out yet – internet article by Martin Shaw

Mersey Barrage ?? – some thoughts in an internet article

Manchester could take back control of its buses to re-create an integrated network – web article

Love your Clothes – great website to help keep your favourite clothes going …… - see their website
Great photos from Refill - zero waste seeds, nuts and rice
Refill is a zero waste shop in Windmill Wholefoods, Aigburth Rd - follow them on Facebook
Waste Not Wnat Not is zero waste at Birkenhead Market - on Facebook
Little World is zero waste on Dunnings Bridge Rd, Bootle - on Facebook

About Transition Liverpool
The main Transition Liverpool event is the monthly “Transition Café” which is on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. We also have a Meetup every week at the Brink on Thursdays from 4pm till 6, which gives more space for discussion and connecting in a more personal way. There is an Energy Group, and every October we put on a full-day Symposium. Our main concerns are to help create a “soft-landing” rather than a crash as fuel supplies fall and demand rises, and also as the effects of climate change increase. Transition is a development model for “advanced” societies to help us create better and more fulfilled lives for all, while using less resources.
We are part of the
Transition Network, and Transition Town West Kirby are also very active. Our local Liverpool website is here, and our Facebook page is here. 
Some of the main Transition publications are available online for free download - the original Transition Handbook, and the more recent Essential Guide to doing Transition .

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