Post by Dr. Pete North
I have been working for some time now with partners to advance the city’s transition to a low carbon economy. The city struggled in the 1980s under mass unemployment and social unrest when dock employment declined, manufacturing was decimated and jets replaced liners. Its year as Capital of Culture, and the revitalisation of the city centre showed that Liverpool had changed its image, although entrenched problems remain in the North of the city.
The ESRC funded Low Carbon Liverpool project has been examining how Liverpool can ensure its future prosperity while also reducing its carbon footprint, as it needs to do if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. It’s great that visitors flock to Liverpool, but if this is means flying in for citybreaks, then perhaps it doesn’t have a future. It’s great that students from all over come to Liverpool’s universities, but again – can we combine that with reducing our footprint. Are students and other wealth creators more likely to be attracted to a clean, green Liverpool than one choked with traffic?
On the 13th September the transition takes a major step forward as Low Carbon Liverpool becomes a formal part of the new Liverpool mayors policy making infrastructure, charged to develop the agenda further for the city. Low Carbon Liverpool will be launched as a formal partnership for the city at an event hosted by Councillor Tim Moore, Cabinet Member for Climate Change. I will outline the agenda for the transition to a low carbon economy, and we will also hear from other cities that have taken major steps forward: Liverpool’s partner city Nantes, and Bristol, recently a finalist for the European Green Capital programme. The meeting will discuss how Liverpool can become a clean, green, healthy and equal city, perhaps itself a candidate to be Green Capital.