Sunday, 11 May 2008

Another plug -environmental initiative in South Liverpool

Transition South Liverpool invites you to a Climate Change Visioning Day!
Transition South Liverpool is a community-based group thinking about what climate change and the end of cheap fuel means for Liverpool's future.
This is a chance for us to think about what the main issues are for Liverpool, and get some practical projects up and running that will make a real difference to a sustainable Liverpool given climate change and the end of cheap fuel.

What kind of projects would you like to be involved in? What groups would you like to see developing projects? Come along and exchange ideas!
Some key areas that might get projects going are waste, working with local businesses, energy, a local documentary project, local currency, local food, a car share, community composting, growing food in back alleys, local reusable bag project, and......???

Date: Sunday May 18, 2008
Time: 11am - 4pm
Location: Unitarian Church
Address: 57 Ullet Road

refreshments from 10.30am
There will be a break for a bring-and-share lunch

Suggestion donation to cover costs: employed £3,
not employed £2

Peak Oil and Climate Change are swiftly bringing big changes in how we live on a day-to-day basis: Global agreements on climate change come with legally binding greenhouse gas reduction targets, which can only be met if we lower our use of energy. Peak Oil, which experts expect to happen within the next 20 years but possibly could be happening right now, will result in big price increases on all goods that rely on oil. In the current economic system, most of our food, clothes and other goods, come from abroad, meaning they require energy for transportation, but there are other energy inputs too. Industrial farming requires oil to power machinery, as does manufacturing. Fertilisers and pesticides are made using oil. Plastic packaging of goods is made with oil.
In order to reduce Liverpool's carbon footprint, and in order to increase the resilience of our communities in the face of an increasingly precarious link to the food and other essential goods, it is time now to take steps that will guarantee our community the chance to prosper in the future.

4 comments:

PM Swimmer said...

exactly how is a drive to demolish and destroy high quality victorian buildings in favour of the allowing developers to build poor- quality indentikit boxes, with lifespans gauranted for only 25 yrs ( if your lucky) and which DCLG suspects aren't even meeting minmum building standards with regard to the environmental stanards, helping to reduce Liverpool CO2 emissions and address climate change.

John Rogers said...

I picked up your mention of local currency. Sustainable communities need sustainable currencies. Peak oil, climate change and financial instability all tell us that we need money systems that serve community and the environment, rather than destroy them.

You may be interested to know about the Community Currency Design Manual, currently in production. Members of Totnes and Brixton Transition Towns are involved in the editing process. For details contact me through my website at Value for People, where you will find lots of links to Community Currency material.

Anonymous said...

Paula. Peak Oil is not predicted by the experts to happen in the next 20 years. It is predicted to be happening around now or in the next couple of years.
I may be politically opposed to you but I think we can both agree that Liverpool needs to drastically change its approach to energy use.

Pete North said...

Thanks for the plug Paula - you would be welcome to get involved as more transitiong is needed in the far south of the city.

For more info, see the Transition South Liverpool web pages:

http://transitiontowns.org/Liverpool-South/Liverpool-South