16 year old youth climate activist Jessie Stevens, founder of the movement People Pedal Power, wanted to attend COP26 in Glasgow to have her voice heard and bring youth representation to a conversation often dominated by older voices.

With the carbon cost of flying proving unjustifiable, the train journey proving extortionately expensive and walking proving too great a tax on her time and education, Jessie has decided to make the 550 mile journey from the coastline of Southern England to Glasgow by bike. Concerned that the upcoming COP would continue to result in a lack of meaningful action, Jessie wants as many people to join the movement as possible to make a statement that politicians cannot ignore, demonstrate how ineffective the current system of travel is and highlight the importance of people-led decision making.

Jessie's route passes from Wellington to Taunton in the Tone Valley. You can support her on this section of the route by travelling to Nicholashayne or Wellington on the 20 Seaton - Honiton - Taunton Dartline bus. You can support her by taking the train to Taunton on the GWR Main Line. Somerset West and Taunton Council are working with others to re-open Wellington Railway Station. 

https://httpspeoplepeddlepower.wordpress.com/

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/People-Pedal-Power-100126018988466/ (14 followers, no posts)

Instagram: https://instagram.com/people_pedal_power (407 followers)

 

Route through Devon on Day 1 

Newton Abbot - Dawlish - Exe Estuary Trail to Countess Wear Bridge - E2 to Broadclyst - Killerton - Bradninch - Cullompton - Uffculme - Wellington - Taunton

 

https://ridewithgps.com/embeds?type=route&id=37349805&sampleGraph=true 

 

 

#ride2COP26 - Uffculme to Wellington

16 year old youth climate activist Jessie Stevens, founder of the movement People Pedal Power, wanted to attend COP26 in Glasgow to have her voice heard and bring youth representation to a conversation often dominated by older voices.

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Jessie's route passes from Uffculme in the Culm Valley, past the edge of the Blackdown Hills AONB to Wellington in the Tone Valley. You can support her on this section of the route by travelling to Uffculme on the 1 Exeter - Tiverton Stagecoach Bus. You can support her by travelling to Nicholashayne or Wellington on the 20 Seaton - Honiton - Taunton Dartline bus. You can support her by taking the train to Tiverton Parkway on the GWR Main Line and walking (or cycling) to Uffculme. Somerset West and Taunton Council are working with others to re-open Wellington Railway Station. 


...Wellington to Taunton

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What next...

Are you inspired by Jessie to take action on climate in your local area? There are many ways to start your journey to a greener life in Mid Devon. The following groups are just a few of the many in Devon that a finding new directions for our future, and for our planet.


Taunton Transition Town

Taunton Transition Town was set up in 2008 and has links with our neighbouring Transition communities and with Taunton Deane Council. Its members aim to create a happier, fairer and stronger community and develop a vibrant local economy. We are about “doing” things together, but equally about being a community group with a positive outlook based on mutual wellbeing, practical collaboration – and fun! We welcome everyone who wants to help build local resilience in our lives, economy and environment.

https://tauntontransition.wordpress.com/ 


Transition Town Wellington

Transition Town Wellington (TTW) started in 2008 and is part of the international movement, Transition Network. We are a group of local people volunteering to make our town more carbon neutral, sustainable and biodiverse.

https://ttw.org.uk/ 


Sustainable Taunton

Sustainable Taunton is a group of community advocates focused on advancing sustainability initiatives at the local level in the greater Taunton area. 

https://www.facebook.com/sustainabletaunton/ 


Blackdown Hills Transition Group

It’s about communities exploring new ways of living by encouraging local resourcefullnesss, celebrating diversity, fostering self empowerment, inspiring change, and ‘thinking outside the box’.

It’s about each individual community coming together to decide what is most appropriate for its own area, uncovering the vast reservoir of local talent, skill and creativity within its community, and then exploring ways of creating simple, elegant solutions that allow us to live in harmony with the natural rhythms of the earth.

All the current members of Blackdown Hills Transition Group live and work in the Blackdown Hills and are committed to working towards a community based response to the challenges posed by oil depletion, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels and Climate Change.

Unlike Transition Towns (Stroud and Totnes) the group is unable to focus on a definable town as the Hills are made up of many villages with loyal communities. Consequently the group has traditionally seen its role as being a hub for information and support to local communities to help them consider how to be increasingly self-sustaining as is practical in our modern age.

http://blackdownhillstransition.net/ 


Cullompton Railway Station

Mid Devon District Council is committed to re-open Cullompton Train Station as part of a wider project to improve train services in the subregion. This includes restoring rail access at Cullompton and Wellington stations. Enhancement of rail services along the Bristol – Exeter corridor, including the reopening of new stations, is an important part of the multimodal approach to meeting the travel needs of the region.

In 2019, Mid Devon District Council and Somerset West and Taunton Council became the Project Sponsors, working in partnership to develop the business case for re-opening both stations.

https://www.middevon.gov.uk/residents/planning-policy/growth-economy-and-delivery/cullompton-train-station/ 

https://www.middevon.gov.uk/cullompton-and-wellington-railway-stations/ 


XR Taunton

This is an all inclusive group for people in Taunton and surrounding areas, from across the political spectrum, to discuss how we can support Extinction Rebellion and other local sustainability projects. This may involve anything including - sending letters, signing petitions, creating artwork & performing arts, making donations, fund raising/awareness raising events and Non Violent Direct Action. This is a place where we hope we can bring together already existing groups and individuals keen to share ideas and build a community of lovely people working towards one common goal, a sustainable future for our children.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/298375854345261 


20 Taunton - Seaton

Monday to Saturday. Five buses per day. Live Map - bustimes.org

Stops:

Seaton, Colyton, Honiton, Combe Raleigh, Dunkeswell, Sheldon, Hemyock, Culmstock, Nicholashayne, Sampford Moor, Wellington, Taunton

https://bustimes.org/services/20-honiton-seaton 

http://www.travelinesw.com/

https://www.dartline-coaches.co.uk/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dartline/ (1.1k)

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