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Earth Hour goes digital

This is the latest from the Earth Hour 2020 organisers:

“We hope you are safe and well.

This year, we are facing Earth Hour in exceptional circumstances with countries around the world experiencing a health crisis with the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We recognize the exceptional challenge that the world is facing and we thank you for your support as we try to realign our Earth Hour work appropriately. In light of the latest developments, the Earth Hour global organizing team is recommending all individuals to take part in Earth Hour digitally this year.

While we understand that many of you may have been keen to join or host an on-ground community event this Earth Hour, your well-being and the well-being of others is our top priority – after all, Earth Hour’s strength has always been the power of the people. Despite the challenging circumstances, we believe that given the right platform, your voices and actions still have the potential to transcend towns, cities, countries and all physical borders – and going digital provides this very opportunity, at a time we need it most. By taking part online or at home this Earth Hour, we are confident that our collective voices can reach ever further and create more impact than ever before.

Now more than ever, we must unite to look after one another and the one home we all share. Nature is the planet’s life support system and gives us everything we need; from the air we breathe, the water we drink, to the food we eat. Whichever way you choose to participate in Earth Hour this year (Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 pm your local time), know that your actions are helping ensure a safer, fairer and healthier future for everyone.

Thank you and most importantly, stay safe.

👉  How to take part online or at home  “

Pedal’n’Pulse – some photos

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

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.

Our Beautiful Planet

Teign Estuary Transition have been invited by TAAG to take part in two Earth Hour themed exhibitions; Our Beautiful Planet, which will run from the 30 January to the 12 February, and Earth Hour, on Saturday 19 March 2016.

The exhibition curator is Rachael Bennett, but if you’re up for adding a bit of inspiration to our displays at these exhibitions, developing a showcase for us, do get in touch,



FREE Energy Saving Seminar at TAAG – Tues 16th 10am

FREE Energy Saving Seminar

You are invited to a FREE fun seminar about energy saving at the TAAG Centre, 4/5 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD at 10 for 10:30am on Tuesday December 16th.

These seminars are organised by Advice Teignbridge in conjunction with the Citizens Advice Bureau and could save those attending money on their fuel bills this winter. By attending this seminar you will also help TRAIL raise funds for their next year’s TRAIL Sculpture event as they get £100 for their funds form organising the seminar.

If you are able to come along TAAG still have some room and you too could benefit from the advice.

You are welcome to just turn up on the morning but if you could let them know that you will be there it would help them to know how many are coming.

Just email info@teignmoutharts.org to confirm.

Many thanks

Hope that you can come and support the event and TRAIL.

Advice Teignbridge can be contacted at www.adviceteignbridge.org. uk

Centralised heating for Exeter

Plans to be unveiled for district heating in Exeter

There is a rare chance to get inside information on the work of the Exeter and East Devon Low Carbon Task Force (LCTF) – most notably plans for a centralised district heating system – next Tuesday 11th November.

The plans involve an integrated heating system that could pump heat directly into homes and businesses via a centralised network of pipes.

The LCTF’s chair John Rigby will give a presentation at an event organised by Exeter Community Energy (ECOE) at the Meeting Room of Stephens Scown Solicitors, Curzon House, Southernhay at 6:45. There’ll then be an open forum to explore the significance of these plans and how the community can work with the LCTF to address energy challenges at a local level.

Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. Tea, coffee and nibbles will be available.

Contact ECOE on info@ecoe.org.uk for more information or visit http://www.ecoe.org.uk/newsevents/ecoe-autumn-events/.