Lately we've been immersed in a programme of amazing interactions between local projects and organisations who have joined forces to flex their foody know how for our conscious community. Monthly events have unravelled the what's what, who where and when of local food. Off the back of one particularly inspiring evening, Local Food Producers and Outlets, a few of us decided to take the idea further and begin a conversation to create a food directory. Progress is being made and we hope to have something in place by the Autumn.
Also, we have hosted an incredible evening of North West groups who brought a wealth of inspiration about ways to work with communities to make sustainable changes in their lives. Incredible edible projects, Transition trees, ideas for a North West events calendar and many more exchanges.
Luckily, Transition Network must have received our telepathic messages for support to help grow a more cohesive network across the NW groups and have begun to support the process which will likely see the creation of a hub or series of gatherings occur to help us all work more effectively and fill up on inspiration again from each other.
We have currently organised a social for 5th August and our Symposium for the 15th October and are exploring ideas of how to theme our forthcoming education monthly events at Transition cafe. Building communities is our favourite theme so far but we are always open to ideas from people who would like to take things forward.
Hopefully see some of you again at the social or in September when our cafe events will start up again after a summer break.
January's Transition Cafe didn't exactly turn out as we planned. We planned to watch the film Food Inc but technology was not on our side so we shared some wholesome conversation after our wholesome supper instead.
This time last year we hosted a Wellbeing event which invited the community to focus their thoughts on how we can cultivate a greater sense of wellbeing in our individual lives, among our communities and in nature. This month, around 20 of us, mostly new faces, came coiled for action and a sense of adventure about how Transition Liverpool could be a place to express their concerns and their hopes, to deepen their understanding of the changes we can make, and to grow a sense of connection with the community.
Meeting over shared food allows us to build trust which is an important step in the process to making sustainable change.
This Months Menu
Our cultural identities spanned across New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland and England which meant our views were more diverse and enriched our shared experience.
Among us were volunteers involved with groups such as Global Justice Now Merseyside, Liverpool Friends of the Earth, Liverpool Young Greens, Transition Edinburgh South, Liverpool Labour, The Brink, Liverpool Quakers, John Moores University, Merseyside Divestment Campaign, Liverpool Junk Food Project, Carbon Conversations and Asylum Link.
Together we shared our news, views, concerns and hopes about how life could be as humanity transitions from Oil Dependency to a more locally and ethically sourced lifestyle.
Ideas discussed covered food poverty, other transition projects, community growing, health and wellbeing, local food, renewable energy, digestive health, supporting our intentions, UN Sustainable Development Goals, More recycling in the city, mapping food ecology, food on a budget, making your own oat milk, skills shares, expert evening, transition streets.
A few people mentioned they were interested in getting more involved with Transition either to help organise the events, make food for the cafe events or some new initiatives. If you'd like to get more involved in some way please take a moment to share a little about your ideas on this form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our forth coming events are
Sunday 17th January 7:30pm - Energy Group Meeting at Ullet road Eco Offices
Wednesday 10th February from 6:30pm - Transition Cafe - From Seed to Soup - seed swap, nutrition and growing tips
January 13th will be our first Transition Cafe event - We will watch a Film and have a discussion afterwards - Visit the event page here
Also in february Transition Liverpool's James Crawley will be visiting the Reconomy event in Wigan. Watch this space for his report back. To see what it's all about visit the event page here
7th Oct - Intro to Fossil Free Campaigning
More details here
9th Oct - Tapping Tidal Power
Visit Transition Town West Kirby Page here
October 16th - Maghull and Lydiate Action group fundraiser
More info here
11th October - Wirral Against Fracking Hilbre island Community Walk and Picnic
More info here
12th October - Divestment Campaign and Liverpool Climate Demo Organising
A group of us has started organising through Liverpool Friends of the Earth. We’re starting a divestment campaign and also want to organise a climate demo in Liverpool that would be related to the campaign on the 28th or 29th November (tbc).
There is already a university group and we want to develop a local government divestment campaign.
Rather than try and explain everything about divestment in this email I’ll just put a link into the Fossil Free UK website, which has excellent resources http://gofossilfree.org/uk/about-fossil-free/
Essentially we’re looking for anyone interested in helping out who is based in Liverpool, Sefton, Knowlsey or Wirral.
The target of the campaign is the Merseyside Pension Fund http://mpfmembers.org.uk/
According to the research and estimates done by Fossil Free UK, the Merseyside Pension Fund has £355,000,000 directly or indirectly invested in fossil fuel companies.
We think it is unethical for local government pension funds to be investing and making financial returns from companies developing and extracting fossil fuels, now that we know that burning fossil fuels is causing climate change.
Also it is financially imprudent, given that if we are to stay within UN/IPCC targets for Co2 emissions aimed at limiting climate change to 2°C, 80% of declared fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground
The value of shares and investments in fossil fuel companies are at risk of collapsing once people, civil society and governments start getting serious about limiting the extraction of fossil fuels we can’t afford to burn.
If you are interested in helping us plan, develop and implement this campaign and/or the demo on the 28th/29th Nov please email me email@example.com
Up until the demo, the campaign will be relatively straight-forward; Identify exactly how much the Merseyside Pension Fund has invested in fossil fuels, draft, publish and publicise a petition calling for divestment and organising and promoting the demo.
I’m hoping to get things going but would be happy to hand over the running of the campaign to a functioning and motivated team after the demo. We're aiming to have our first meeting the w/c 12th October.
Please contact me if you want to get involved. For information about divestment please go to Fossil Free UK page http://gofossilfree.org/uk/about-fossil-free/
October 14th - Transition Cafe - Film Screening of Trash Inc
October 17th - Make Ends Meet : A Guide to Sustainably Living
Transition Liverpool's Fourth Symposium - Book here
21st October - Liverpool Friends of the Earth Monthly Meeting
No More Nuclear - Update from Close Capenhurst campaign
More info here
Interchange - New partnership with LCVS and Uni of Liv and 3rd sector groups
Launch event 21st October
please see e-mail below inviting you to a launch of a new partnership.
Dear friends and colleagues
This event, to take place in Liverpool on Wednesday 21st October 2015, launches the working partnership between Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS) the University of Liverpool and third sector groups within the City of Liverpool and beyond with the aim of improving the understanding of the research needs of third sector organisations of varying sizes and the research interests and capacity of University researchers. It will focus on identifying key areas such as independence; social value; health and social care; changing face of volunteering (workfare); and the impact of devolution. Guest keynote speaker is Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).
Further details, including registration information, can be accessed here
There is no cost to attend.
Please feel free to forward on the invitation to interested parties.
All good wishes from Debra Morris
Professor of Charity Law & Policy
Interim Head of School of Law and Social Justice
Director, Charity Law & Policy Unit
School of Law and Social Justice
University of Liverpool
Eleanor Rathbone Building
Bedford Street South
Tel: 0151 794 2825
Hubbub - Food Waste Campaign and tweetathon 21st October
Hubbub is a relatively new start-up charity taking a fresh approach to communicating sustainability, through being positive, upbeat and open sourcing what works.
Currently working on a campaign with Love Food Hate Waste and Tesco which will run in October in Liverpool, aiming to get young people (especially students) interested and active on the issue of food waste.
There are a few things we’re looking to do as part of this:
· Get the best bloggers in Liverpool to take on our week-long Food Fighters Challenge.The concept is simple; we provide £40 of grocery vouchers in return for which we ask them to spend a week trying to avoid wasting any food, in the process documenting the experience on their blog and on social media.
· Encourage young people in the area to use social media to share recipes, tips, thoughts, revelations and encourage others to also get involved, as part of the#ExpressYourShelf campaign. This will culminate in a tweetathon on 21st October where we want to hijack Liverpool’s social media feeds with inspiration for cutting food waste. The three most inspiring and creative contributions who will be awarded £50 worth of Tesco Vouchers each.
· We’re looking for 5 ‘house-share’ households to take part in a one week trial of different food waste apps, each participating household will receive £25 of Tesco vouchers.
to register your support follow the thundeclap link http://thndr.me/NPMI8H
Rally at 12pm Thurs 22nd October in University Square, Brownlow Hill
As part of our build up to COP21 Paris we are holding a rally at 12pm Thurs 22nd October in University Square, Brownlow Hill which is just outside the Liverpool Guild of Students, L3 5TR.
The intention is to make it quite noticeable with drums and music etc. Alex at the Guild is making a big effort to get local media and TV involved so hopefully that will all go to plan. As part of the rally I will be petitioning for our own divestment campaign Fossil Free Liverpool University. https://www.facebook.com/fossilfreeliverpooluniversity
It should be a really fun day and hopefully I can count on the support of Liverpool FoE. We would love it if you could make it to the event with your own banners and colours and feel free to promote your own groups to the student body at the event.
Please RSVP on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can make it and let me know if you have any more questions, I'd be happy to talk about it further.
23rd Oct - Love Food Hate Waste Big Freeze Tour visits Liverpool
See what it's all about here
Petition to government re feed in tarifs that support renewable energy schemes
Recent cuts in feed in tarifs will affect local renewable energy projects such as Transition Chester and Liverpool Community renewables
Please take a moment to sign the petition to the Government to rethink their proposal to kill off small scale renewable energy project
Read more about it and sign it here:
Dreaming the Earth - Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th October
Dr Helena Kettleborough PhD is addressing the theme Dreaming the Earth by sharing her exploration of Thomas Berry’s work on The Dream of the Earth and the New Universe Story and how these may help us in meeting the challenges of our time including climate change and the extinction of species. She will draw upon her experience in community development and neighbourhood regeneration to offer some practice tools.
She will explore these ideas using the theme Gaia's Graveyards - A participative evening of discovery
Monday 26th October 6-8pm at St Brides (Percy St, Liverpool L8 7LT) including some interaction with art installations. Parking is available in the church grounds.
Helena will follow this up the next morning
Tuesday 27th October 10 – 12.30 at St Michael’s in the City (Upper Pitt St, Liverpool L1 5BD) with a practical workshop on the theme Deep calling unto deep - taking these ideas into our lives.
More info here
Wirral Earth Fest 2015:
Love Where You Live
Wirral eco based music festival returns to West Kirby for more family fun on September 11th and 12th!
A refreshed and greener than ever Wirral Earth Fest returns to St. Bridget’s Church and Fields on the 11th and 12th September. The festival, organised by Transition Town West Kirby and St. Bridget’s Church, has an overall theme of ‘Love Where You Live,’ and the opening event will be a meditation and celebration of our beloved Hilbre Islands and Dee Estuary, past and present.
The festival launch event takes place in St. Bridget’s church, West Kirby on Friday 11th September at 7pm, when two newly composed, bespoke pieces of music will be performed, including a very special talk/performance by our invited speaker, John Ashton, the former UK government special advisor for climate change.
Many of John’s talks can be seen on YouTube where he displays a considerable knowledge of world energy and environmental issues and the intergovernmental responses to them. However, he has been moving towards other forms of communication that uses the arts as a means to enlighten and change hearts and minds in the face of these global challenges. As John shared with us: “I’m driven by the conviction that we will be unable to come to terms with any of the challenges we now face unless we decode what they (governments) are telling us not only about what we should do, but also about who we are.” John is developing a new piece for our festival and we are honoured to have him with us.
Music will be provided by Liverpool/Chester based multi-media arts collective Operation Lightfoot, who will lead us across the sands with their composition ‘Far from the Shore’. Luke Moore, Creative Director of Operation Lightfoot said: “It’s exciting to be bringing a new piece of music to Wirral Earth Fest for the second year running. Last years even was truly wonderful and to be involved again is a real privilege”
Local New Folk duo, The Kirk Owls, will present their tribute to the Dee Estuary and Hilbre Island, ‘Sketches.’ Tom Lockett of the duo said: “We are immensely excited to be part of this celebration of a truly magical place; one that holds no shortage of inspiration for us both, creatively and as a place to live and work”
Saturday 12th brings the on-field events which we hope will inspire visitors to the festival to deepen their commitment to the place where they live, its community and natural environment. Over the last two years we’ve had over 60 local volunteer, activist, friend and church groups, and businesses, telling a collective story of concern for people and the earth. This year will see an expanded cohort of groups including a sizeable camp of Scouts and Guides, who do so much good work in our community.
We will also be joined by Tam O’Shanters urban farm with some of their animals and volunteer team, and the rangers from Dibbinsdale promoting forest skills and crafts. A specially commissioned ‘Commitment Tree’ made by Dibbinsdale folk and local artist, Marko Muller, will challenge us to make a small change in our daily lives for the good of others and the environment.
On-field entertainment will be provided over two stages, The Earth Stage and the Wirral Arts Centre ‘Firetruck Stage’. Sebastian Gahan, Creative Producer for the performance elements of the festival, explains, “This year there are new element’s to the festival’s artistic plan. Notably, the innovative Festival Launch event at St Bridget’s Church on the Friday night and, on the main festival day, a dedicated stage specifically for a wider range of performance arts, such as dance, poetry and story-telling, co-curated by local independent arts venue Wirral Arts Centre; The Earth Stage in the big field will carry on doing what it does best, providing great music from 11 in the morning till 5 in the evening. We also have an exciting programme of music and performance in the church, which has wonderful acoustics and atmosphere.” All of this will of course have the company of good food and fine ales!
The Festival organisers are making further efforts to make this edition the greenest so far, with a specific recycling area and non-bottled water, as Andrew Gibb, of the organising team outlines: "We realised after last year that we could do a lot more to be environmentally responsible, especially in terms of managing waste. This year we are committed to a greener field during the festival and to providing water free of pesky plastic bottles. Any suggestions from previous festival goers would be welcome!”
To keep up with what to expect at Wirral Earth Fest see their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WirralEarthFest2013
Tickets for the Friday evening launch event can be purchased from Eventbrite via the link below:
For local ticket sales call: 0151 625 4109
Please direct any enquiries to Sebastian Gahan via email@example.com or on 0745 504 8787.
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