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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


A Co-operative bank for the South-West?

THE VISION- “Imagine if there was a bank dedicated to the South West that put the welfare of its local communities before profits. A bank that helped local economies to grow by supporting all residents to upskill, regardless of their financial means. A bank that empowered people to grow their ideas into thriving local businesses. A bank that people trusted. What would Devon look like in twenty, or thirty years’ time?” Tony Greenham.

Tony Greenham is the Director of Economics at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and is giving a talk at the Courtney Centre in Newton Abbot, Thurs February 8th at 7.15 pm.  He will be talking about the economic and social case for regional banks, and explore the opportunities and challenges of creating a co-cooperative bank dedicated to the South West.

Tolpuddle Pilgrimage 2014: Sun 13th July, 3-5 at TAAG

Land: a common treasury for all

Welcome tea and folk songs

Sunday 13th July  3 – 5pm at TAAG, Northumberland Place, Teignmouth

With stirring folk songs (old and new) focusing on the theme of rights and land and the dignity of the ordinary man and woman.

Film at 5pm

“Best Before”: The London Food Revolution

After this, weather permitting, there will be a walk up to the community gardens in Eastcliff Park to celebrate our own bit of common land… so please join us.

All welcome and do please bring a contribution (in the form of cakes/biscuits etc.) to the shared tea.

The Tolpuddle Pilgrimage is a walk from Plymouth, Devon, to Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Dorset, from 10th – 19th July 2014 on the 180th anniversary of the arrest of the Tolpuddle Martyrs for organising against their worsening conditions and pay cuts.

97% Owned: Why Money Rules the World. Thurs 1st May

At T.A.A.G, 4-5 Northumberland Place

Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm

Refreshments will be served

Featuring frank interviews and commentary from economists, campaigners and former bankers, this 60 minute film exposes the privatised, debt-based monetary system that gives banks the power to create money, shape the economy, cause crises and push house prices out of reach. Fact-based and clearly explained, it shows how the power to create money is the piece of the puzzle that economists were missing when they failed to predict the crisis.

This will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the issues raised and to find out more about the ‘Positive Money’ organisation which made the film and is campaigning for change.

For more information please contact Adelia Tisdall on 07835 516188

Credit Union opening in Teignmouth

The Plough and Share Credit Union has opened in Teignmouth this week.

Plough and Share is based in the South West of England. Using professional staff and volunteers they encourage those with little disposable income to save but also provide low interest rate loans both to members and non-members. These loans are much cheaper than other reputable lenders and very much cheaper than payday loan companies.

Plough and Share have now opened two service points in Teignmouth, staffed by volunteers: at The Library on Saturdays and at The Meadow Centre on Wednesdays, beginning this week.

For more information, visit their web site or pop along to one of the new service points.

Volunteers wanted for a local Credit Union

TET and Teignmouth Town Council are supporting the local Credit Union called Plough and Share to counteract the loan sharks who are all too ready to take advantage of people needing emergency funds.  Would you like to volunteer for free training (1/2 a day) and become a volunteer for this important role and rewarding work?  Please contact Anja  if you are interested at volunteercentre@teigncvs.org.uk or ‘phone 01626 326120.

(See our previous post here)