You are invited to the Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate – “Green Routes to Justice: How We Can Achieve Human Fairness and Planetary Survival”


On June 4th at 7:30pm Liverpool Friends of the Earth and Merseyside Environmental Trust invite you to the first annual Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate; in the Pearce Room, Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool L3 5UL.

A stimulating panel of speakers, chaired by Roger Phillips of BBC Radio Merseyside, will discuss “Green Routes to Justice: how we can achieve human fairness and planetary survival” – in the light of the recent General and local elections, among other factors.

For details about the panel please visit the eventbrite page here where you can RSVP. You can also take part in the facebook event discussions here on the run up to the event.
Media Contact: Frank Kennedy, 07786 746704

Do you have what it takes to be a Climate Organiser?

Climate organiser_flyer-page-0Friends of the Earth are offering a supportive training programme programme for those with some campaigning experience interested in the idea of a Liverpool Climate Hub that will build upon the work already achieved by local groups and communities.

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The Climate Organisers programme details can be found on the FOE website
Do you have what it takes to be a Climate Organiser?

To find out a little more about our plans to grow a massive climate movement you can check out the international climate pages on the FOE website, and also we’ve got a page of key dates. Some of them have passed, but most of them are still relevant.


This year has tons of opportunities for mobilising locally and nationally so let’s use to build and even stronger, bigger and more diverse climate movement in Liverpool. We could do that in lots of ways, and ultimately it’s up to you – the people of Liverpool – what you want to do. But we’ve got some suggestions:

  • Recruit some Climate Organisers to get trained up in key organising skills and support climate action
  • Hold a ‘Let’s talk about Climate Change’ skill share and action day. We learn to talk to people about climate change in a way that engages and leads to action, and then we give it a go! We take to the streets and talk to people about climate change, signing them up to the movement.
  • Organise & mobilise for some key actions over the next year, primarily:
    • June 17th – Mass Climate Lobby of Parliament
    • Decentralised action in the autumn – Reclaim Power
    • Go to Paris! UNFCC climate talks
    • People’s Demands assembly(ies) early 2016
  • Recruit people to our movement! New people who might not traditionally come into contact with climate campaigners. Let’s come into 2016 with a broad movement. Massive outreach, talks, public art, stalls, everything!
If interested please send an email to Laura by Sunday 19th April

Laura McFarlane-Shopes
Community Activism Coordinator

Why we should put a stop to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

Communities are working together against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement because we believe it would jeopardise food safety, allow for more privatisation of public services such as the NHS and allow corporations more rights and allow them to sue governments if profits were affected by decisions made for public benefit. All bar one of the UK political parties is against it.
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STOP TTIP Day of Action April 18th
We would like to invite you along on Saturday 18th April between 11-1 to show support against TTIP. We will meet on Church Street where it meets Bold Street (Opposite Lloyds bank) and we will give out leaflets and help share information about reasons for signing the petition against TTIP.
Sign the Petition here
#A18DoA  #nottip
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FREE twelve week course : Understanding Energy




The L1 Accredited Award in Understanding Energy & Employability is a FREE twelve week course providing knowledge, skills and competencies around the topic of energy, energy use and the role of renewable energy in tackling climate change and an ever-changing energy market.

It equips participants to reduce their own energy use, acts a ‘carbon champions’ in their own communities or to start working in the energy sector, one of the UK’s fastest growing labour markets.

Course are starting soon in the Clubmoor/Tuebrook area and the City Centre.

All learning materials will be provided and there is help with travel costs.

The courses are friendly and jargon-free.

No prior knowledge of energy or renewable energy is necessary and you’ll gain valuable knowledge and experiences.

Individuals and community groups are welcome to participate.

If you are interested, email Good Neighbour Community Energy on or phone 07908603884 and ask for Mark


Mark Shooter, GNCE

Wellbeing Update

Wellbeing Work Update

Since our workshop in January, other local groups have hosted the wellbeing workshop such as Manchester and soon Darlington.

National FoE are also organising a training day on 25th April for anyone who is interested in taking the work forward. More info here

What we learned

We found that it was a really great way of beginning a conversation with people about how a healthy environment relates to their wellbeing.

A conversation has begun about how as a city we communicate wellbeing activities. There’s the Wellbeing Liverpool Directory of mental health services and the wider wellbeing site Live Well Liverpool, then there’s Gather and Project Dirt for all kinds of ways to engage in sustainable activities to improve your wellbeing.

Upcoming Events

13th May
Transition towns – Really Really Free Market

20th June
A small group of us are also working towards some activity for the Merseyside Civic Society’s Wellbeing day.

6-8th August
There’s also the Liverpool Loves festival coming up where there will be all kinds of wellbeing activities

Specific Projects
Here are some other projects that FoE members are working on

Thinking Outside the Bottle 

Air Quality 

Little Stories Now

Liverpool Community Renewables Pioneer Share Offer

Liverpool Community Renewables Pioneer Share offer is now open! Help them reach their target of £80,000- Internal Rate of Return 4.7%- Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme 50% Tax Relief applied for!


Liverpool Community Renewables Limited was launched in September 2014.

The objects of the Society are to carry on any business for the benefit of the community by; Developing, owning  and managing renewable energy schemes, on its own or in partnership with other organisations, promoting environmental awareness and reducing carbon emissions and fuel poverty.

To make that a reality we need your help.

We are launching our Pioneer Share Offer and aim to raise £80,000 to develop one Megawatt of Solar PV projects in Liverpool.

Please go to our website to find the details in our share offer document.

LCR is part of a wider community energy movement in the UK and in Europe which seeks to bring ownership of the generation and distribution of energy back under local and democratic control of those who consume it.

By investing in LCR you will become a member of the Society and help make this a reality!

This is an exciting opportunity and we hope you will decide to become a member of our Society.

Please forward this to any networks or contacts you have who would be interested in becoming a member.

For more information please email or call 07794084038

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes from the Liverpool Community Renewables team!

Martin Dunschen, Ed Gommon and John Garrett

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Food for Thought Event – 25th March

Check out this exciting event
food for thoughtFood For Thought, taking place Wednesday 25th March, 08:30am-09:30am at Toxteth Fire Fit Hub (L8 8HD)!

To register please email: or call 0151 707 0427

Other Foody links to follow are

Food Cycle Liverpool
– who have a cafe every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm at St Cleopas

Liverpool Food People
– who are generally the go to people for sustainable food in the city

Squash Nutrition
– who are hosting this years
Food for Real Festival

Also don’t forget to keep an eye on Gather Liverpool for lots more updates about sustainable stuff going on in Liverpool

(PS click on the blue bits for links)

Community Energy Event 12th March – Wirral Climate Change Group

The Wirral Climate Group is a partnership to co-ordinate local action on climate change supported by Wirral Council. The Group developed Wirrals Climate Change Strategy (COOL).

This event will bring together local people from Wirral and the Liverpool City Region with practitioners from the North West and elsewhere in the UK. It is an opportunity to learn about what community energy groups can aspire to achieve, and how they might make a start with projects.

Wirral’s Climate Change Strategy COOL, identifies an opportunity to create a renewable energy co-operative to pool local investment. Wirral Climate Change Group is keen to hear from those interested in being involved and who want help take this forward in 2015. This event is being hosted in order to support interested parties and provide them with information.

The event is co-organised by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, who want to support communities throughout our six local authority areas to bring forward community energy projects. The event will be used to launch an introductory guide, Community Energy for Liverpool City Region, which will include a number of relevant case studies.

There will be a short presentation to the audience followed by a question and answer session and informal networking.

Suppliers and investors in renewable energy technology will be in attendance.
The event will be following on from a Powering the North Event in Manchester on the 26th February, and we hope to share some of the outcomes of that.

The venue is 10 mins walk from Birkenhead Cental or Conway Park Rail Stations.
Cycle racks are at the front of the building. Cycle stores may be available on request.
Some offstreet parking will be available.

Book your place here

Community Energy Update – Free course available

Local renewable energy social enterprise, Good Neighbour Community Energy, has been awarded £10,000 from the Urban Community Energy Fund to undertake pre-feasibility and feasibility studies into renewable energy on community buildings.

The money can be used for local consultations design options and costings and the preparation of funding bids.  The idea is that GNCE will install and operate the renewables and supply fixed low-cost energy to the building for up to twenty-five years. Alternatively, GNCE could help building owners plan for and raise the finance to undertake their own installation.

GNCE already has sites lined up across the city but is looking for more.  So if you have a building that would benefit from cheap energy into the future, contact Mark, Martin or Jerry via or visit our website

Also if you are interested in LEARNING MORE ABOUT ENERGY you might be interested in this course.

Are you concerned about rising energy prices? Want to understand how energy is produced and what you could do to reduce your bills?  And help other people to do the same?

Learn More About Energy is a free, 12 week course teaching you about energy and energy-saving, renewable energy and working with people to come up with new approaches to make their lives and communities more sustainable.  It also teaches employability skills and offers an accredited award in Energy & Employability.

It is run by local award-winning social enterprise, Good Neighbour Community Energy
* The course is free
* The course last twelve weeks
* Leads to a L1 accredited award
* Costs of all learning materials and getting to venue can be met
* You will learn skills that will be useful volunteering, working in the community or getting a job
* Course will be delivered in central Liverpool from mid-march with a second course planned to run in Clubmoor in early April
To enrol, call Mark Shooter on 0790860-3884 or email