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

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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.

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First local group meeting of 2014 …. an exciting start

What a good first meeting of the year. New faces (and a few old ones), exciting campaign ideas and actions around our key themes: transport, recycling, energy and green collaboration events. There is also the new local development plan being created and we want to have a voice.

So what’s happening around our key themes?……

Transport
We’ve been feeding in our comments to the Draft new Liverpool cycle strategy and are looking forward to it being published and more cycle-friendly infrastructure being created.

We are responding to the consultation on the suspended bus lanes – Liverpool has the lowest car ownership in the country so banning bus lanes does nothing for those who have no vehicle or would prefer to use buses, bikes or walk; to say nothing of the  environmental implications or the message it sends out about Liverpool.

Recycling
Liverpool only has one household waste recycling centre. We’re feeding in our comments to the proposed additional one to be based in Old Swan – much needed.

Members (especially those from other parts of the country) are  appalled at the lack of home-based or neighbourhood recycling facilities for flats and in central Liverpool generally. They want to recycle, but have nowhere to put the items. We want to do something about it.

Energy
Friends of the Earth nationally is planning a campaign around community renewable energy. We think there are some really good local examples and that Liverpool, with it’s strong communities, entrepreneurial spirit and natural resources is well placed to lead on new initiatives.

As for a Friends of the Earth Liverpool collaboration event in early March, the EU energy week in June and on the ground actions – watch this space!

2014 is going to be a good year….

Liverpool to get a new Cycling Strategy

Liverpool City Council last published a cycling strategy in 1997.

A lot has happened since then. Nationally cycling levels have increased, but Liverpool has not kept pace with the increase. Other large metropolitan cities like Manchester and Bristol are receiving significant funds to further improve their cycling infrastructure but somehow Liverpool lost out.

Increasing cycling has proven economic, health and happiness benefits. We want Liverpool to reap those benefits.

Liverpool City Council published a new draft 2013-2025 cycling strategy for consultation in October.

We support the principle of the Cycling Strategy but have asked for more amitious targets and an identified owner to be responsible for implementation. You can read our detailed comments here: Comments on Liverpool Cycle Strategy by Liverpool Friends of the Earth – 2013