Public Engagement

The role of the ACT Public Engagement Group is to support, help and encourage the widest possible participation by all members of the public, town and parish councils and community groups in Teignbridge in our shared enterprise of tackling the climate emergency.

In order to do this our current and planned activities include: running the ACT website; producing the ACT newsletter; using all forms of media including social, print and broadcast; running public meetings; supporting town and parish councils; encouraging lobbying and working with schools.

We are a small active group but would welcome further support, particularly if you have skills in communications and the time and energy to take on a leading role in one of the above areas.

If you are interested or want to request support please contact us.


What’s Happening

The IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report WG1 – findings and background Introduction This month the UN’s IPCC published the first part of its 6th Assessment Report (AR6). Entitled The Physical Science Basis (for Climate Change) it was written by the IPCC’s Working Group l (WG1), comprising 700 authors from 66 countries, and involving the assessment of 14,000 peer-reviewed studies up to… Read More...
ACT Newsletter July 2021 Our July Newsletter is now hot off the press covering the following topics: Last Chance to Influence Where New Housing is Built - TDC's Local Plan - Part 2 (Deadline 9 August)ACT's Planning Application ToolCatch up with ACT Wildlife WardensA "Just Transition" to Net ZeroThe Government unveils its Transport Decarbonisation… Read More...
Common interest not self interest When Greta Thunberg met Sir David Attenborough, as shown on BBC TV recently, she asked him what he would say to young people who think there is no point in saying or doing anything about climate change because no one is listening. He replied that people are listening. “There just… Read More...
Wildlife Warden Podcast Episode 2 In Episode 2 of the Devon Wildlife Warden Podcast, Emily Marbaix takes a look at the wide range of conservation schemes in our area and draws attention to the new National Grassroots Campaign Map. She also discusses:  The value of churchyards for conservation efforts. A summary of what our local wildlife… Read More...
Wildlife Warden podcast Emily Marbaix, a Wildlife Warden for Abbotskerswell, has created a podcast about the Wildlife Warden scheme. You can listen to the first episode here, as well as on Spotify and on Apple Podcasts. Emily talks about local wildlife/reserves, some of the things that Wildlife Wardens have been up to and explains why she got… Read More...
ACT needs your help Dear fellow climate champions ACT is planning its strategy over the next 6 months and could really do with some help. We are looking for a few extra people to help out for perhaps an hour or two a week with either committee or hands-on work. You don't have to… Read More...
Green homes grant not fit for purpose The green homes grant scheme caught my attention as soon as it was launched in September 2020. It looked worth investigating, but my attempt to use it soon came up against obstacles. It proved difficult to find either independent advice on the most important and appropriate improvements to my home,… Read More...
Members’ Forum on climate and ecological issues 10:30am – 12:00pm 27 March 2021 As the first in what we hope will be a series, we are running the above online Zoom event to cover some of the issues, relating to the climate and ecological emergencies, which are important to our members. We want to attract as many members as possible and to get… Read More...
Tell DCE 2050 is too late The consultation on the Interim Devon Carbon Plan closes on 15th February, writes John Watson. Please take the time to comment on the plan. In particular, tell the Devon Climate Emergency partnership (DCE) that a target date of 2050 for achieving carbon neutrality is much too late. The plan, put together… Read More...
David Attenborough Bears Witness David Attenborough’s new book, A Life on Our Planet, should be on everyone’s Christmas gift list. Ask for it, or give it. If nothing else can persuade people of the urgency of tackling the climate and biodiversity emergencies, perhaps this will.  Even if you are already convinced, Attenborough’s Witness Statement… Read More...