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5th December 2015

United Nations Conference on Climate Change

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Photocopy of the main article on the front page of the Mid-Devon Gazette 1st December 2015: "Setting an example to the politicians"
5th December 2015

The Crediton Climate Challenge & Big Climate Change March

Blustery, wet and with a feel of the night after Crediton's Lights On, our Crediton Climate Challenge event, although smaller than the London rally, was also inspiring. Have you read of the commitment of 28 Crediton businesses, organisations and schools on specially designed posters? You should! A ...

The People's March, London 29 November
29th November 2015

Climate Change March in London

A group of Sustainable Crediton supporters travelled up to london on the 29th Nov to attend the big Climate Change March there just before the Paris conference on climate change. It was a very big march with an estimated 70,000 people coming from all over the UK. The intention was to put pressure ...

Photograph courtesy of Christine Marshall
28th November 2015

Crediton Climate Challenge

In spite of gale & storm warnings, more than 200 people turned up to the event to show support for the up-coming Climate Change Conference in Paris and made their own personal commitments to tackling climate change. People came, not just from Crediton town itself, but also from the surroundin ...

21st October 2015

Refugee Crisis: What is going on and how can we help

There will be presentations from Jane Barham who has worked in a Syrian refugee camp and David Mezzetti who is a Trustee for Refugee Support Devon. The meeting will focus on what is going on internationally but also what can be done locally to support refugees and asylum seekers who come to Ex ...

1st October 2015

Exeter Film night: The Age of Stupid

Starring Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking back at old footage from our time. The Age of Stupid asks "why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?" The film will be followed by discussion, focusing on the people ...

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24th September 2015

Is a Global Climate Deal Possible?

Transition Exeter in partnership with Alternatiba Exeter present a talk by Ian Bateman Are you worried about the apparent lack of urgency in tackling global warming? Do you know who is with us and who is against us? Preparations for the latest UN climate change conference (COP21) in P ...

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30th June 2015

Parliament Bee Event Follow Up

The corridors of Westminster were buzzing with talk of bees on the 17th June when 38 Degrees members and over 150 MPs packed a room in parliament to hear directly from experts about bee-killing pesticides. There was standing room only and a queue out of the door!

Bee-killing pesticides are currently banned, but they could be back on our fields this autumn. Liz Truss - the environment minister - is deciding whether to let this happen right now. She'll have big money lobbyists from pesticide companies in one ear, pushing her to say yes. But together we're making sure we're louder than they are.

At the event on Wednesday night - co-hosted by 38 Degrees and Friends of the Earth - we asked MPs to challenge Liz Truss and other decision makers face-to-face. And it worked. On Thursday morning in parliament they were grilled about bee-killing pesticides. MPs talked about the contact they'd had from constituents (that's us!) and demanded that the government keep the ban.

But our MP Mel Stride was not there. Can you send an email to Mel Stride sharing a short report with the latest science and ask him to email Liz Truss to demand she keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides? Click the link below: 

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1st June 2015

Our nature laws are under threat - will you defend them?

The Nature Directives are the foundations of nature conservation in the UK and across Europe. They provide the highest level of protection to our most iconic species and habitats, like ospreys in Rutland Water and bitterns in the Humber Estuary.

These laws protect our wildlife from being lost forever.

Since their creation a huge weight of evidence has been gathered that that shows how well they work - for wildlife, people, and businesses too.

But now European leaders are now considering weakening these vital laws, and rolling back years of progress.

Will you stand with us to Defend Nature?

The Nature Directives are being reviewed, but they've been caught up in the political debate around deregulation, with no regard for the consequences.

To stop this, we're standing shoulder to shoulder with people, environmental organisations and businesses in every country in the EU to battle this threat.

There are already over 145,000 of us - just 5,000 more voices would make this the biggest consultation response the EU has ever received!

Please stand with us too and act NOW to officially have your say in the review consultation.

Then forward the link to everyone you know, and ask them to help us defend nature too.

30th April 2015

Avoid Rainforest Deforestation with Cool Earth

Cool Earth is the charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction on three continents.

Cool Earth saves at-risk rainforest and shields millions of acres of neighbouring forest. We put local people back in control, giving them the resources they need to keep their forest intact.

We know that saving the rainforest isn't a new idea. Managing to do it is. Over the last 40 years, half the world's rainforests have been destroyed. That's why Cool Earth decided to go about things differently.

We don't create reserves or put up fences. We don't buy land. Instead, we put indigenous people back in control of the world's most endangered rainforest. These people have lived in the forest for countless generations. Their homes are now on the  frontline of deforestation. They have the most to lose from deforestation. By building better incomes, better schools and better clinics, we give our partner villages the  resources they need to keep their forest intact.

Cool Earth is now working alongside 113 rainforest villages throughout the world. These partner villages are protecting over 500,000 acres of forest that lie directly in the path of chainsaws and bulldozers.

The clever part is that this forest is forming a shield to make the neighbouring forest inaccessible  to loggers - saving millions of acres of further forest.

At least 90% of each donation to Cool Earth goes directly to our projects. With this support, Cool Earth can put in place the simple steps that change the fate of at-risk rainforest and the lives of our indigenous partners.


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30th March 2015

Let's create the biggest environmental reserve on the planet.

An ambitious project is underway to create the largest environmental reserve in the world, protecting 135 million hectares of Amazon forest. That's more than twice the size of France! But it won't happen unless Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela's leaders know the public wants it. That's where we come in.

Colombia has just said it is on board. Now if we create a huge global push to save the Amazon and combine it with national polls in all three countries, we can give the Colombian president the mandate he needs to persuade the others to join. All three leaders are looking for opportunities to shine at the next UN climate summit. Let's give it to them.

The Amazon is vital to life on earth -- 20% of our oxygen comes from this magnificent rainforest, and it plays a key role in mitigating global climate change. Experts say this reserve would be a total game-changer for stopping rampant deforestation. Sign the petition now, when we reach 1 million signers, indigenous leaders will deliver the petition and polls directly to the three governments.

8th March 2015

Sidmouth Climate Week

Explore the science and challenges around climate change with the Vision Group and partners during Climate Week - 2nd to 8th March 2015 We are planning several interesting events, which will take place over the week in various venues in Sidmouth. Details of all the events can be found on ...