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Climate Change: Heading for Extinction

Event by Extinction Rebellion, Exeter at the Alice Cross Centre, Teignmouth

As you know Teignbridge have passed a motion to be Carbon Neutral by 2025.  This will clearly effect us all.

At the meeting, Extinction Rebellion will talk about the climate and ecological emergency we face and what we can do about it.  There will also be a wildlife expert who will talk about what we as individuals can do to help.

Alice Cross Centre on July 26 from 7 to 9

This is a free event although we will be asking for donations for expenses.  Some refreshments will be provided.

Councils declaring climate emergency: new hope for climate action?

Scientists make it clear – we’re facing a climate emergency

On 8th October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a vital report on the state of climate science. They warned that if the planet warmed by 1.5C there would be some devastating consequences, such as the loss of most coral reefs, and increased extreme weather such as heatwaves and floods. Yet the consequences of allowing 2C warming would be truly catastrophic. Given that the planet is currently heading for 3-4C warming, keeping to 1.5C requires a radical shift across across energy, land, industrial, urban and other systems to reduce emissions, unprecedented in history for its speed.

On 29th October, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, set out his budget. It did not mention climate change.

Local councils setting targets for going zero carbon

In November, the councils of two major cities, Bristol and Manchester, passed motions declaring a ‘climate emergency’ and setting targets aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030 and 2038 respectively. Since then, there has been a wave of Climate Emergency declarations by councils across the UK Climate Emergency website)

Teignbridge are debating this essential motion on Thursday 18 April at 9.30. at Forde House Newton Abbot.

Please come and join us!

What About Water? – Earth Hour 2019

What About Water?

An arts and science exhibition including a week of events in response to
Earth Hour 2019

See local rock-pool inhabitants, a melting ice sculpture, water clock, water inspired art, water in all its forms …

Saturday 30th March to Friday 6th April 2019
@TAAG Arts and Community Centre
4-5 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DD

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organised by WWF uniting people to protect the planet. Earth Hour 2019 falls on Saturday 30th March.

Pre-exhibition events

FREE water themed creative arts workshops, open to all on the following dates:

Thursday 7th March 3pm – 5pm
Saturday 16th March 1pm – 3pm
Thursday 21st March 3pm – 5pm
Saturday 23rd March 1pm – 3pm

Exhibits and art pieces created in these workshops will be featured in the exhibition.

All sessions are FREE and All are Welcome.
Workshops will be held at:
TAAG Arts and Community Centre

Events on the day

Saturday 30th March

6.30pm Exhibition Opening
Enjoy a glass of wine and meet the Science Buskers

7pm Exhibition Tour
Navigate through and enjoy the exhibition with a glass of wine

7.45pm Candle lit supper
Bring a dish supper to enjoy by candlelight as the lights go out for Earth Hour and we celebrate the wonders of our planet and what we can do to preserve them.

For more information email: marylidgate@gmail.com


Pedal’n’Pulse – some photos

Some photos from the day. Do you have any we could add?

Earth Week 24 – 29 March

Topical Talks that Don’t Cost the Earth

Earth Hour is now the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement creating massive impact around the globe. Each year, hundreds of millions of people organise events – at home, and in their community to show they care about the future of our planet.

Three interesting evenings have been arranged by Teign Estuary Transition to develop the Earth Hour Theme, following the Pedal and Pulse events on Saturday 24th March.

The venue is TAAG in Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, with a 7pm for 7.30pm start.

“Incredible Vegetables” is the title of the first talk on Monday 26th March. Mandy Barber is a perennial vegetable enthusiast, and she and her partner Julian Skinner run an organic nursery near Ashburton growing perennial vegetables and unusual edible plants. There will also be plants or seeds for sale.

“Mercury’s Rising! Weather we like it or not” follows on Tuesday evening 27th March, with speaker Dr Michelle McCrystal from the University of Exeter. She wants to talk about all things climate, how it has changed in our lifetime, and what we can actually do about it.

Ethical investing is the theme of the third evening on Thursday 29th March. Paul Pizzala’s background is investment with sustainability expertise, working for a variety of wealth management companies, most recently for WHEB Asset Management. Antony is our local environmental communicator, founder of CarbonSense and currently CEO of Real World Visuals, whose speciality is developing images and stories that make sense of the data collected about our world. Antony and Paul promise an interactive discussion on investing and their personal reflections.

TAAG is also hosting ‘Bikes’ An Exhibition of Art, reflecting this year’s Earth Hour theme in Teignmouth.

Suggested entry is £2 for each evening, to cover speakers’ and TAAG’s expenses.

More information – Mike Rickard 07877 797271

EARTH HOUR – details of Programme at TAAG Arts & Community Centre


on Saturday 25th March at 7pm
Doors open at 6.30pm for Exhibition viewing

The theme of the Earth Hour exhibition is ‘Crack’ which evolved out of a discussion about cracking ice at the North Pole, cracking rock and went on to encompass cracks in society, boundaries, borders, migrations, refugees and beyond. The exhibition is a response to the theme from local artists in the context of a changing world both environmentally and socially. It is an exciting artistic expression of their thoughts and feelings in a range of artistic forms including poetry.

On the same evening we are lucky to have Kate and Andy Benham who founded South Devon Wine Tours to introduce us to our local vineyards and a selection of local wines. As a result of climate change and the temperate zone moving towards the poles, the wine industry is flourishing in the South of England. By contrast, in many parts of the world it is suffering great losses.

Evening programme:

6.30              Doors open for exhibition viewing
7pm              Introduction to local wines and wine tasting
8.30-9.30    Earth Hour.  Lights out and poetry reading by  candlelight.
Light refreshments.
9.30              Lights on – live music and continued  exhibition viewing

Tickets: £6
Tea, Coffee and fruit juices available

Monday 27th March  and Monday 3rd April
10.00 am-12.30pm
Make a mosaic with Michelle Greenwood – Brown inspired by cracks using hot, cold or earth colours and recycled tiles
Each workshop – £10.
All materials and equipment supplied.
Both workshops are recommended as 2nd week will be finishing and grouting.  Beginners welcome but there is a minimum age of 8 and all children have to be accompanied by an adult. Coffee and Tea provided.
Booking is essential. Email info@teignmoutharts.org

Monday 27th March 7.30pm:  ‘Tomorrow’
At last – a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film!
At last a film offering solutions rather than just problems. From around the world it brings us the many creative solutions people are finding to meet the challenges we face in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education.

Tomorrow has been a huge phenomenon in France; launched in December 2015, it has been watched by over 1.5 million people and won Best Documentary at the Cesar Awards (the French Oscars). The film premiered in Paris during the COP21 climate talks and had its British premiere with simultaneous broadcasts in Totnes, Todmorden and Bristol on 24th January 2017.

Now it has come to Teignmouth as all good things must.
Don’t miss it.
Showing at 7.30 pm

Friday 31st March 7.30pm      
Lions in the Landscape:
a talk by Dr Alayne Cotterill
Dr Alayne Cotterill is an ecologist working in Kenya to secure ways in which some of the last remaining large land predators, lions, can survive amidst an increasing human population.

Alayne founded Lion Landscapes which is ‘an independent lion conservation organisation, operating in Africa, that increases the capacity of local partners to secure viable populations of lions and other large carnivores. Lion Landscapes focuses on lion research, capacity building and innovation.’   www.lionlandscapes.org.

Alayne’s work brings her into constant contact with local people, both landowners and pastoral tribes as well as lions.  Alayne has lived and worked in Kenya for the last 12 years; she and her family have recently bought a house in Teignmouth where she went to school as a child.


Saturday 1st April 10 -11am    
Local energy talk and discussion
Community Energy 
Feel we need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels?
Feel we need to take action locally?
Feel more could be done with community buildings?

Find out how a local Teignbridge community energy initiative addresses this. Meet Helen and Fuad from Teign Energy Communities (www.teignenergycommunities.co.uk)
Short talk about what we’ve already achieved, followed by a discussion about community energy. Come and be part of the local energy solution.

And all this over a free coffee or tea!

Sunday 2nd April  10 -12.30am     
Creative use of old fabrics and threads 
Introduction to innovative use of fabrics and threads for Textile Art
All materials supplied £5 per person
* Bring your own sewing machine if you prefer and bits and pieces of fabric if you have a colour palette in mind

Minimum age unless accompanied by an adult 15+
Workshop not suitable for young children

Booking essential as limited spaces
Call or text Liz Lockyear on 07753 816399 or emailinfo@teignmoutharts.org

Sunday 2nd April 2- 4.30pm  
Basket weaving ending up with a willow platter

Would you like to learn how to weave a beautiful natural willow platter? Perhaps a platter for cheese and bread or to use for protecting your table from hot dishes.

Cost: £10 tuition which includes materials.
Where: TAAG
When: Sunday 2nd April 2.00 pm to 4.30
What to bring: old apron, secateurs if you have any.

Limited numbers so please book 078120 13488 to secure your happiness.

Monday 3rd April -10.00am     
Mosaics with Michelle Greenwood- Brown
2nd Workshop
Booking is essential. Email info@teignmoutharts.org

 Wednesday 5th April – 7.30pm
“Strawberries at Christmas”
 – a talk by Mark McCarthy, a climate scientist at the Met Office
In this talk he will travel from some rather unseasonal fruit in his Teignmouth back garden through over 100 years of Teignmouth and world weather records to see what our small corner of the world can tell us about climate.