Are you worried about climate change? Do you live in Torbay? Here are some ways to take climate action in Torbay.

Take action in how you shop. Take action in how you travel. Take action by joining groups. Take action by supporting each other. Take action in non-violent protest.

On the 22nd May 2019, members of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group endorsed the underlying principles of the Devon Climate Declaration.

All organisations are encouraged to sign the Declaration to show the growing support for taking action.

  1. This Declaration has been prepared by a consortium of public, private and voluntary organisations collaborating through a Devon Climate Emergency Response Group. It sets out an ambition to tackle climate change that covers all of Devon, including those people who live, work in and visit our county, and those businesses who are based or operate here.
  2. We are aware of the significant implications of climate change for Devon’s communities; it is already affecting our environment, infrastructure, economy and health & wellbeing. If not addressed, the impact on future generations will be profound and the ability to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals will be severely compromised.
  3. We understand that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has advised that carbon emissions must reduce globally by at least 45% by 2030 from 2010 levels and reach net-zero by 2050 if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change by keeping warming below 1.5 degrees.
  4. We will lead in the global response to climate change through our collective action, innovation and influence.
  5. Individually, we will review (within 6 months) our plans to reduce our organisation’s carbon emissions to meet or exceed these targets, including ensuring the people we do business with are doing the same. We will publicly report our carbon emissions annually in accessible formats.
  6. In collaboration, we will engage Devon’s residents, businesses and visitors to develop and implement a plan to facilitate the reduction of Devon’s production and consumption emissions to meet IPCC recommendations at the latest. We will openly report progress on its delivery. We know this transformational change will be challenging and will include:
    • Deploying more renewable, decentralised and smart energy systems
    • Retrofitting energy-efficiency measures into our existing buildings
    • Constructing zero-carbon new buildings
    • Travelling less and using improved walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure more often, and using electric and hydrogen vehicles
    • Changing our consumption to use less, re-use more and choose low-carbon options
    • Challenging all economic sectors to review their practices and the values of those they do business with
    • Divesting from fossil fuels
    • Changing our dietary patterns and reducing food waste
    • Changing agricultural practices to reduce emissions associated with farming operations, manage soils sustainably and replenish soil carbon
    • Encouraging carbon storage such as through tree planting, the use of wood in construction and peatland restoration
    • Empowering the people of Devon with the knowledge and skills to act collectively.
  7. Additionally, we will work to understand the near-term and future risks of climate change for Devon to plan for how our infrastructure, public services and communities will have to adapt for a 1.5-degree warmer world.
  8. Local organisations and communities cannot do this alone as the national government plays a key role in many of the policy areas that are vital to reducing emissions and adapting to climate change. We call on the government to prioritise decarbonisation and adaptation within decision making and work with us by using its powers to provide the resources and funding necessary to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon and resilient economy and society.
  9. We challenge every organisation, business, community and individual to do the same.

On 4th September 2020, Hartstongue signed the Devon Climate Declaration, and we encourage others to do the same.

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On the 12th August we launched the campaign for the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) bill. This is a Private Members’ Bill, and taking it through parliament will be a hard-fought process but it has been done before with major climate legislation. This is an alliance bill that has been written by scientists, lawyers and activists; it is gathering support from a broad range of campaign groups, businesses, charities and individuals. The bill has the potential to become the most significant move forward since the Climate Change Act 2008.

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