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Climate Week is this week

Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future.

Culminating in a week of activities, it showcases practical solutions from every sector of society.

Each year, half a million people attend 3,000 events in Britain’s biggest ever environmental occasion.


Igloo and Arctic Warrior on the TRAIL

Igloo and Arctic Warrior at the Teignmouth Sculpture Trail – our wonderful polar bear ready to defend his Kingdom.

Thanks to TRAIL,  Holcombe Community Orchard and TAAG Arts and Community Centre for help in constructing the plastic milk bottles to make the igloo. And to all those who brought empty milk bottles to us!

Thanks also to Greenpeace for generously giving us the polar bear used in their Arctic Campaign at Glastonbury Festival which,  once the sculpture tail is over,  will spend the rest of his days at Living Coast.


Don’t Panic: the truth about population

Interesting programme shown on BBC 2 last November but still available online.

An “Infographic extravaganza with world famous Swedish statistician and showman Hans Rosling. His main message – that our world is profoundly changing in ways most of us simply don’t realise – much of it for the better…”

Entertaining programme worth a look – using data in an entertaining way to show how population growth and world poverty are changing.

Click here to watch.

Don’t Panic – The Truth About Population was produced by Dan Hillman. It was originally commissioned for BBC2’s This World and is made in partnership with The Open University and UR (Swedish Educational Broadcasting).

Review of Local Air Quality Management in England

The Government is asking for public feedback on their “Review of Local Air Quality Management in England”. You can respond via an online survey at: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/communications/https-consult-defra-gov-uk-laqm_review

The consultation document is at:  https://consult.defra.gov.uk/communications/https-consult-defra-gov-uk-laqm_review/supporting_documents/Consultation%20doc%20%20LAQM%20review.pdf

There does seem to be a recommendation that local authorities should no longer be required to measure and report on air quality which might be of concern.

Responses need to be in by Sept 13th.

Drinking Water presentation by Andy Case

cw-logoThis is the presentation, kindly made available by Andy Case, which he gave at one of our Climate Week events, at the Oystercatchers Cafe on 6th March 2013.

Please contact Andy via Case Environmental for further information.

Drinking Water slides


Seed Swap for Climate Week

As part of the T.E.T Climate Week we held a seed swap on the 9th March at TAAG. Over recent years it has become illegal to sell seeds that are not on the ‘official’ seed list. This has resulted in many old, unique seeds being lost – partly due to them not being submitted for seed trials, or  they were not available at the time. Coupled with this, reinstatement on the list whilst available, requires an annual fee.

To overcome this problem Lawrence Hills set up the national Gene Bank and Heritage Seed Library whereby you can become a member and then be given seeds. Alternatively, there is a growing ground swell of people who are meeting up and exchanging seeds. Indeed, this has become so popular that even ‘Gardener’s Question Time’ recently took place at Brighton’s Seed Swap (play it again online).

So here in Teignmouth it was really good to see so many gardeners bringing their seeds to exchange or taking seeds home for a donation towards the cost of the venue. Tuckers, the seed merchants from Ashburton, had kindly donated many seeds, both vegetable and flower. A short talk was also given about the history of seed saving and ways to be most successful in this satisfying activity. Wonderful refreshments were also enjoyed.

With more than a dozen people we have now started a list of interested people so that we can form a local Teign Estuary Seed Bank. We will then hopefully run a Seedling Swap in the spring and a Food Swap in the autumn besides making the Seed Swap an annual winter event. If you are interested please do send your name and contact details to T.E.T.

Meanwhile, an excellent book to get you going is Back Garden Seed Saving: keeping our vegetable heritage alive by Sue Stickland, or Seedswap: The Gardener’s guide to saving and swapping seeds by Josie Jeffery (a very pretty book).

Submitted by Fran