We want to combat homelessness, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and build towards a greener, healthier future for all.
Borne of concern
Sustainable Liverpool is borne of concern. We are concerned about the waste and pollution caused by modern lifestyles. We want to help people think about living in a more environmentally-conscious way, and we want to make it possible for people to actually achieve this.
The less money you have, the harder it is to live and consume in a way that is good for your health and for the environment. We are concerned that there is an ever-widening gulf between the haves and the have-nots. This is most starkly exemplified by the increasing number of people in the city who are living on the streets, but for every homeless person, there are many more living in poverty, struggling to pay energy bills and rent, drowning under the weight of debts, reliant on food banks, living in substandard accommodation.
It is impossible to think about the wider picture and to take steps to improve your life, when you can’t see further than the next financial event, be that incoming or outgoing. Even more fantastical than fighting for a moderate increase in standards of living; for many people, the idea of actually having a social life, making time to enjoy being alive, seems a million miles away from pressures that are immediate and ever-present.
On top of all of these pressures, we have an ever-worsening environmental issue which feels far, far removed from the immediate, everyday worries.
We are concerned that even to those who recognise them, the environmental issues are so gigantic that they feel powerless to do anything about them.
Home is not just a house
Sustainable Liverpool started off as a dream about building a passive solar eco house. It is possible to build a in a low-carbon way, while to cutting energy bills and reducing, or even removing, reliance on fossil fuels and non-renewable energy. Drastically reducing carbon footprint and living sustainably, while reducing financial outgoings – what is not to love about that idea?
We spoke to a lot of people. We researched. We networked. The ambitions and problems that were presenting themselves resonated with people.
We realized that home is not just a house. One could have the most perfect, off-grid house, but what good is that for the future if, once you leave the front door, the rest of the world is still the same?
Home is our streets. It is Liverpool, it is the UK; it is the world. It is the people close to us and those we have never met. To build a home, and to make a positive impact for sustainable development and change, is to work on a wider scale and to look beyond your own front door, for selfish reasons as well as for unselfish ones.
No man is an island. Whether we like it or not, we are all connected. Sustainable Liverpool is about empowering and educating. It is about showing that we need to make a change, acknowledging the barriers to change, and overcoming those barriers in order to build a more sustainable future for everyone.
We will build partnerships with charities, educational institutions, political parties and community organisations. We will work together to create opportunities, to make a bold statement in the city, to attract partners and to work towards our goals.