Sustainable Crediton Newsletter Issue 116

Welcome to the newsletter everyone.

The world is getting busy again, as reflected in a more substantial newsletter this month. We all fervently hope that the worst of the pandemic is behind us and our thoughts are turning to the kind of world we want to build in the future. Lets hope we rebuild with care and respect for our planet. Boris Johnson's pledge to get rid of 'newt counting red tape' would unfortunately seem to show the same contempt for the natural world which has led us into the current pandemic disaster.

The Committee on Climate Change has written to the Prime Minister urging that he seizes the opportunity to rebuild the economy and society in ways which move the UK towards the target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

On June 25th, the Committee also published its annual progress report on the Government's plans to reduce UK emissions. The report is deeply critical of progress (or lack of it) over the past 12 months - see page 18 onwards, and sets out a radical action plan for the next twelve months - page 20 onwards - if the government is to get back on track with its 'net zero' target.

Whether a 'net zero by 2050' policy is adequate to meet the IPCC's ambition to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, is another matter.

Meantime, there are plenty of opportunities to act locally. Have a read and see how you would like to get involved.

Best wishes to all,

John Craythorne; newletter editor, for Sustainable Crediton

Regular Events
News Highlights

Climate conversation: Mid Devon District Council

On 26th June the District Council held its first 'climate conversation', on-line of course. The event was hosted by Councillor Elizabeth Wainwright, who reported as follows: 'Today I was pleased to host the first in a series of 'Mid Devon Climate Conversations', on behalf of Mid Devon District Cou ...

Our Website Hosting Service

The global carbon footprint of the world wide web is calculated to exceed that of the aviation sector. It's good to know therefore that our website hosting provider, Cloudabove, based in Cornwall, is powered by renewable energy. Here's what the company has told us: 'The digital world has an enorm ...

What next for Devon? Webinar Invitation

What next for Devon? A webinar invitation from New Prosperity Devon Investing in our Place: unlocking financial, social and environmental value in procurement, commissioning, and community wealth building Join us as we discuss how we can use community wealth building approaches as a timely respo ...

A Community Fridge for Crediton?

Surprisingly perhaps, the majority of food waste in the UK comes from our homes: some 10m tonnes annually. Many communities have set up community fridges / larders so that surplus food (from all sources of course) is no longer wasted but goes to those who need it. It would be great if we could set ...

Belle Parade after post-Covid weeding

Our planting for pollinators site had been looking a bit bedraggled in best Covid fashion, until the lockdown eased and we were able to have a weeding session. Much improved now, with further planting to follow to maintain insect friendliness and human appreciation. ...

Trees for Bees?

Trees are good for bees! Local herbal practitioner Anne Stobart has been writing about pollinators and medicinal trees. Her recent blog post explains how much bees like trees, and why this is so important for pollination services. You can see more about medicinal trees in her recently published ...

End of lockdown salad

Quickly prepared from lettuce, hardboiled eggs [sliced or chopped], halved cherry tomatoes, and sliced cucumber. It is good with a dressing made from 3 tablespoons rapeseed oil, mustard, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tablespoon cider vinegar. Perfect with cold meat ...

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending”

Carl Bard