3rd Annual Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate: How Green Can We Go?

How Green Can We Go?

Merseyside Environmental Trust & Liverpool Friends of the Earth

Invite you to the

3rd Annual Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate

Thursday 1st June – 7.30pm

Pearce Room, Adelphi Hotel, L3 5UL



Clara Paillard (PCS Union)

David Connor (Green Entrepreneur)

‘Green Drinks’ @ WAVE Bar – 6.00pm

networking downstairs below the Adelphi

FOE 2017 Poster (1)

Air Quality Project update


Our citizen science air quality project is now drawing to a close…the primary survey is now ended…we have sent out the follow-up survey to the primary survey respondents… data is being analysed …and the evaluation report prepared in order to hand to the Liverpool CCG shortly

So…our results and conclusions from our project will be posted here shortly!

Thank you again so much to our funders, the Liverpool CCG, all our volunteers who have carried our pollution sensors around and all those who have completed our air quality survey(s).

Please watch this space!

In the meantime: here is a copy of a talk about our project given at Ignite Liverpool last February and an infographic produced from our project

Mapping the data (2)

Following on from a previous post we have been grateful for the help of volunteers from the Breathe Easy Liverpool North group.

This post gives some further examples of the data gathered from our volunteers. The previous post showed some NO2 data captured by the Air Quality Egg sensors.

This post will share some example PM 2.5 data captured using the AirBeam sensors – more info on these sensors is available in previous posts.

The map below shows pm 2.5 readings for 26 Feb 2017 pm. Key roads are highlighted. The readings are generally green and good.

Below is the time-series equivalent of this data showing the data was captured between 16:28 and 17:09. The rise in the levels at the end of the chart may or may not be the result of higher traffic levels as peak hour begins. As always with this sort of data a lot of caution should be exercised before drawing conclusions or insights too quickly.

The map below is also for 26 February but this time during the morning. This time from 11:52 to 13:30. Again the readings are generally green.

There are a batch of readings coloured yellow which appear to be actually located in a large retail store. This can reflect internal local effects, such as a cafe or restaurant with gas burners for cooking. Again, interpretation of this data on its own should always be treated with caution.

The final mapping shared here is from 27 February 2017. All of these readings (more than 5,000) are green and show low levels of PM2.5.

This project is about trying to understand how this sort of data and technology can help. We will post further here on the lessons learnt from discussion with our friends at Breathe Easy and elsewhere.

Mapping the data (1)

The technical testing of the sensors has completed and we are grateful to various technical volunteers who have carried the sensors and given us feedback. This project has moved into engaging with the final user group who were always the focus. The aim is to engage with people who might benefit most from this technology and we were very lucky to find the Breathe Easy Liverpool North group, who are a great bunch of people and have been very welcoming to our efforts. We are very grateful.

We first presented to this group on 18 November 2016 to explain the objectives of the project. The group doesn’t meet during the middle of Winter and so we arranged to come back to them in February when their meetings started up again. By February we would have finished our technical testing as per the plan and we would have sensors for them to use if they were willing.

One Friday 3 February 2017 we presented to the Breathe Easy North Liverpool group again and we were grateful that there were two volunteers willing to take 2 sensors: one AirBeam to measure particulate matter and one Air Quality Egg to measure NO2.

We had some technical problems with the AirBeam which meant we didn’t get any data in the first 2 weeks, but early tests on the data captured by the Air Quality Egg looked positive. The mapping of two trips are shown below to illustrate what this sort of technology can do.

The map below shows the data from the Air Quality Egg (Tweedledee) for 20 February 2017. We won’t name the volunteer who captured this data for data protection and privacy reasons, however we are grateful to their efforts.


This data can also be looked at as a time-series and this is shown below. The readings start at approximately 14:00 and finish approximately 15:00 on 20 February 2017.

The goal of this project is to share these findings with the group to get their feedback and see if this tallies with personal experiences and local knowledge. Do the sensor readings agree with personal views on areas of poor air quality? etc.

The second mapping is shown below for 22 February 2017 with the same sensor. This shows similar routes but also some new areas of the city explored. This mapping does show more red readings than the previous mapping. Also, Breck Road is green and has good air quality readings for both trips. Chavasse Park is green, as might be expected for a pedestrianised area – giving some more confidence in the sensor readings. Again, this will be explored further with the group to see if this matches with personal experiences.


As above this data can also be shown as a time-series as below. This shows the readings taken between approximately 13:30 and finish approximately 18:00.

We will analyse more data and share that shortly. More to come.

Note: all the data here should be treated with caution. These are spot measures with low-cost sensors and so they should not be used as a basis for assessing air quality across a longer duration or a wider area. 

The People’s vision for Liverpool City Region

As part of the UK devolution agreement, elections will be held for the Liverpool city region mayor (covering Liverpool, Wirral, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Sefton) on the 4th May 2017.
The ideas below were generated at a Transition Liverpool event in October 2016. Discussions explored the opportunities a devolved Liverpool City Region could bring. Click here to see the full notes.
This questionnaire has been put together by Liverpool Friends of the Earth, Transition Liverpool and Merseyside Environmental Trust based on the ideas from the Transition Liverpool event. We have come together to give you the opportunity to voice your opinions and ideas on key areas that you would like to see addressed by the Liverpool City Region Mayor.
We will compile your responses and raise the issues with the mayoral candidates.
Deadline date for completion: 15 March 2017

The Gary Mahoney Memorial Bike Ride – a reminder. Sunday 19 April 2015 at 11:00am

Gary’s colleagues at Sefton Council have arranged a memorial bike ride. Details are below. All are welcome we’re sure.

Sunday 19 April 2015 at 11:00am we will be holding a supervised bike ride to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Starting at Southport Eco Centre and finishing at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

This cycle ride is open to all levels of cyclists and will take approximately 3 hours, covering a distance of 18 miles along the Sefton Coastal path. All donations welcome to http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Carlsen

For additional information and to register to take part in the bike ride please contact Chris Carlsen chris.carlsen@sefton.gov.uk 0151 934 4609

Poster is here: Gary_Mahoney_poster_-_charity_bike_ride_19.04.2015

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

North West Regional Gathering Update

For The Love Of It

Saturday 14th 2015 was a day full of love. Love for what really matters. Our planet’s resources and its peoples wellbeing.

The schedule, organised by Carla Doran and hosted by Manchester FoE, was jam packed with talks, workshops and actions covering all of the activity of the North West Friends of the Earth local groups.

First up, was Anna Watson speaking about the Run on Sun campaign. Anna shared the news of the school that won the Solar Schools competition and about how nationally we can all work more effectively by contacting our MPs and PPCs to ask for their support.

Taking inspiration from Manchester FoE’s list of constituencies and MP’s and PPCs so that at a glance we can see who does what in our area and what they stand for. Very useful for the run up to the election.


Swiftly after the mornings workshops, we all went en masse to give Barclays Bank our love. And whilst we were there we decided to ask them to pull out of supporting fracking in Lancashire. Mr Frack Head got us some attention on the way down through the bussling city streets of Manchester. There must have been at least 50 standers who with their smart phones documented the action.



After a relaxed shared pot-luck lunch, informally swapping notes about ways we can work together, we continued to share our ideas about pressing issues.

First on the list for me was a short group session to address what’s happening with TTIP. We read FoE’s briefing and heard about Stop TTIP Mcr group who have a google group you can join. Currently on Merseyside there are numerous groups taking the TTIP agenda forward – GJN and 38 degrees are the main two. A day of action will be planned for April 18th.

Following the short network sessions we went to our final workshop, which for me was a whistlestop tour of the wellbeing workshop model we hosted earlier in January. Richard Dyer, campaigner for Economics and Resource use , shared the format for prospective groups to take forward in their localities. So far the work has inspired conversations about an approach to engaging with people about environmental issues, themes we can focus on to plan change, and how it can help when engaging new members to campaigns.


The day was topped off by a swift pint in the pub, where our buzzing brains were able consolidate some ideas for building stronger networks.


So after an exhilarating day i’m ready to get stuck into some campaigning through March and looking forward to the annual Basecamp gathering in June.

What Makes You Happy?

In January, Liverpool FoE teamed up with local group Transition Towns Liverpool and National FoE’s Economics and Resource Use campaigner Richard Dyer, to deliver a workshop about wellbeing.

The workshop began with a discussion about defining what wellbeing means to us.

DSC_0192This was a useful way for us to explore what makes us happy, and helped organise thoughts and made connections between the people involved.


The group consisted of diverse individuals from a wide net of community projects and organisations including Transition Towns LiverpoolLiverpool FoE, WEA, Liverpool Socialist Singers,Liverpool Community Renewables, What Goes On,  Make SpaceFarm Urban, This is Cirrus, Merseyside Permaculture GroupMerseyside Environmental Trust, TGL, Not Just Collective, Spirit LevelL8LS, & Liverpool Quakers.


Together, we established themes on governance, environment, food, transport, green space and community/communications and voted on those which we felt most pressing and in need of action.

Some ideas for development

  • Deepen connections within grass roots wellbeing networks
  • Mapping exercise
  • Deliver workshops with community groups
  • Consolidate forums and networks for more joined up working
  • Outdoor play for adults

(Read the full blog about the event here)

As a follow on to this, Liverpool FoE local group member Steph Rooney is continuing to work along side Richard Dyer on developing the discussion around wellbeing at a local and national level.

At the Regional gathering on Saturday, a wellbeing taster session was delivered with members of several local groups including Pete from Chester FoE, Cat from Isle of Man FoE, Rachel and Andrew from Manchester FoE.

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Manchester FoE is the next local group who will deliver the wellbeing workshop on 21st March 10-1pm (details here)

To read about the regional gathering in a bit more detail see this blog entry here

Quick blog entry

This is just a quick blog entry.

Steph and Michael are setting up some more stuff on the Liverpool FoE website. If anyone else is interested in having a LiverpoolFoE.org.uk email address and you’re in the core group then let us know.