What is a climate and nature emergency and why do we need one?
The recent 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on Climate Change which is summarised here or in wikipedia, states that we have already caused a 1°C rise in global temperature. The difference between the impacts of global warming of 2˚C and 1.5˚C is much greater than previously thought and we are currently heading for a catastrophic 3˚C rise. We are running out of time, and need to get to Zero Carbon emissions by 2030.
Growing numbers of parish, town and county councils are declaring a Climate Emergency. This is a genuine commitment to work towards a specific measurable target. It might seem that a Parish Council can’t really do much, but Climate change is relevant to many of our activities…
- Creating green space in the village
- Working to improve public transport
- Providing feedback on wider council strategies for transport, housing as well as specific feedback on planning applications.
- This proposal provides justification to treat climate change as a factor in future decision making.
- All levels of government national, regional and local, have a duty to secure our community from the negative impacts of climate breakdown. Local government should not wait for national government to change their policies.
Ide Parish Council (PC) declared a climate emergency on 20th March 2019.
What simple things can we do right now to get started
- Use low energy lightbulbs (also saves money).
- Use a reusable water bottle, don’t buy water in plastic bottles.(also saves money). Use the Refill App to find where to fill up!
- Get milk delivered in returnable glass bottles.
- Switch to a renewable energy supplier (also saves money).
- Reduce car use – Walk cycle or take the bus share rides, or combine journeys.
- Sign up for the Teignbridge Climate Emergency Public Meeting on 4th July 7-9pm, Coombeshead Academy, Newton Abbot
What is Ide doing about the climate and nature emergency
Ide Shop solar panels
After what seemed like a bit of a marathon dealing with the planners, obtaining a Carbon trust grant, checking the hall roof structure, getting a Charities report and arranging a lease between the Hall and the Shop the new solar panels went live on 8th May. There followed a week of lovely spring sunshine and the first week of operation generated 230 Kwh; that’s quite a lot of electricity that the shop did not have to buy.
It is a rather unusual arrangement in which the panels have been fitted to the rear south facing hall roof for the benefit of the shop who have paid for the installation. The hall will be getting some rent for their roof. The shop has been paying nearly £4,000 per year for electricity because of the demands of its freezers, chillers and air-conditioning. Projected cash savings look promising but we now wait to find out just how they are going to perform. Hopefully it will make good business sense and, importantly, make a contribution to reducing carbon emissions.
Electric car charging points
If we could get electric charging points in the village this could make it feasible for residents to switch to electric vehicles even if they don’t have access for electric cables between their house and their car. Switching to an electric vehicle means you reclaim energy when you slow down, and the energy you use (from the mains) is partly generated from renewable sources. As the country produces more renewable energy, and uses less fossil fuels – the renewable proportion of the energy used in electric cars will increase. Would you be interested in using charging points? Please let us know.
Plastic free Ide:
This is a Surfers Against Sewage initiative. https://www.sas.org.uk/plastic-free-communities/ to obtain “plastic free community” status we must meet these 5 objectives…
- Local Governance. Local council passes a resolution supporting the journey to Plastic Free Community status.
- Local Businesses. Work with businesses in your community to help them reduce single-use plastics.
- Plastic free Allies. Inspire the wider community to spread the plastic-free message.
- Plastic free events. Mobilise your community. Hold a clean-up, mass unwrap or other events to raise awareness.
- Plastic free steering group. Form a group of local stakeholders and meet at least twice a year to take your community campaign forward.
We would like Ide to work towards plastic free status and we need a volunteer to become our plastic free community leader, and help us work through these stages. Could you help? Please let us know.
SAS also provide a framework for becoming a plastic free school.
“We have been trying to reduce local plastic and litter. We have been provided with grabbers,high viz jackets and gloves from Radmore and Tucker and have been organising small groups to go out along the roads locally to pick up the litter. We hope to recycle what we can and also reduce plastic going into the water course and eventually the oceans! We would welcome anyone who wants to come along to get in contact and I’ll try to organise some more dates/provide equipment.”
Please contact Charlotte Ives.
Ide School is running activities in parallel with the school strikes. There are lots of details in the June Ide Times.
Teign Energy Communities http://
Ide Parish council has a community fund that can help with projects.
Teignbridge district council are taking their climate emergency declaration seriously and will be making funds available for qualfying projects.
Do you know of any other funding sources? Or could you help with applications Please let us know.
What else could we do? and could you help us do it?
We have lots of ideas for other things we could do. Have you got more ideas? could you help us develop any of these ideas? Please let us know.
- Advice for residents and consumers.
- Bike services – some work places provide this service. We could do it in the village. Would you be interested?
- Come and hear a speaker on Wildflower meadows?
- Tetra Cycle recycles crisp packets in some workplaces
- Lobbying national government eg about energy and transport
- Get more young people involved, or any other type of people
- Library of things – things we can share rather than all buying one each.
- Training on influencing MPs and policy makers. Key points keep pestering, Use Clinics. Find out Mel Strides surgeries.
- Permaculture and habitat in the village acts as a carbon sink
- Flood risk in the fields behind Pynes farm which all drain into a conduit under the old railway. Also drainage by the shop trash screen.
- Identify council owned land that could be improved as a carbon sink
- Work with the community shop. they already use local suppliers, getting solar panels.
- Work with the primary school.
- Work with West Exe School
- Measure the carbon footprint of the village. There is useful information on Ashton Hayes web site.
- Contact other councils and cooperate.
- Prizes, incentives.
- Look at effects of climate change on the local area eg flooding wildlife.
- Set up an electric community car – hire by the hour, like the ones in topshap and exeter.
- Education events (eg at West Town farm. training session about the carbon cycle.)
- Brand logo for the climate emergency project – signs outside the village.
- ECOE by transition exeter. renewable energy investment.
- Renewable investment shared savings scheme. Gets installations sooner, by pooling saving and drawing lots for first service.
- Promote renewable energy suppliers.
- Start a Refill station
Other contacts, possible partners and useful information
A list of councils declaring climate emergencies : https://climateemergency.uk/
Devon Community Action Group – DCC funded provides support and advice
Resource CIT – Web site for logging volunteer activity eg litter picks,
Teignbridge Climate Emergency
Devon Climate emergency
This section needs more detail about who these organisations are and what they do. Can you help? Please let us know.
Ide’s original Climate emergency Proposal
Ide PC 20 march 2019 – Paper 4: Ide PC Climate change resolution
Terms of Reference for the Climate Emergency Working Group (CEWG)
Agendas and minutes of meetings. (most recent at top)