• The Climate and Environment Emergency

Bovey Tracey Town Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and has pledged to do whatever is in its power, working with residents, to make Bovey Tracey and Heathfield carbon neutral by 2025. That’s only five years away ..... Teignbridge had made the same declaration in May of the same year. Dartmoor National Park declared a climate and ecological emergency on 26 July. Many other district, town and parish councils across Devon and the rest of the country have done the same.

<strong>The</strong> Climate and Environment Emergency

The Climate and Environment Emergency

Why an emergency?

There is general scientific consensus that the world is in the grip of a climate emergency and recent weather events appear to confirm this.   In 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that we have less than 12 years to act to avoid the worst impacts.  The committee agreed that a global rise of 2°C is likely to cause much more damage compared to a 1.5°C rise.   At the moment we are heading towards 2°C.  The five hottest years on record have occurred this decade and are attributable to emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.  BUT IT IS NOT TOO LATE, if governments, councils, businesses and individuals all act together now.

In 2019 millions of young people and adults in 185 countries (including hundreds in Exeter) took to the streets to demand action by their governments to address climate change.  Over the past 12 months there have been devastating weather events in the Bahamas,  California,  Australia, Spain and other parts of the world. The climate emergency is considered by many to be the most important issue facing the world at the present time.

This sometimes feels like something we can do little about, but we believe we can do something if we all pull together.

 

So, what is happening locally?

So, what is happening locally?

The people of Bovey Tracey and Heathfield have already been working on this issue through Bovey Climate Action, and more recently through Bovey Futures, particularly the successful Plastics Free Bovey campaign and the community garden at Parke. 

Climate Emergency: Bovey & Heathfield

This working group, with councillors and local residents, has been set up with the aim of raising awareness of the issues and proposing actions for the town council, Teignbridge council, government and also all of us.   The aim of the group is to do whatever is in its power, working with residents, to make Bovey Tracey and Heathfield carbon neutral by 2025.

The group are very keen to involve everyone in this discussion.  We are particularly keen to encourage young people of school or college age to get involved. Anyone interested can contact us on cebh@boveytracey.gov.uk

There are a number of workstreams and these, our newsletters and articles are included on the following pages.

We will keep you updated of the group’s work with a regular column in the Cottage Magazine, our Facebook page (Climate Emergency:Bovey & Heathfield) and our newsletters sent out to subscribers.   You can subscribe from our Facebook page or by emailing us on cebh@boveytracey.gov.uk

What can you do? It’s surprising just how much CO2 we produce in everyday life. Calculate your own carbon footprint at www.myclimate.org.

The BBC One/David Attenborough programme Climate Change: The Facts is a great place to start if anyone wants to learn more.