Climate Emergency – ACT now

Take local action to bring global change

We need to work fast to reach the targets set locally, nationally and globally to lower carbon emissions and prevent climate and ecological catastrophe.

ACT, short for Action on Climate in Teignbridge, was set up in 2019 to help residents and councils build climate friendly communities and sustainable economies across Teignbridge. ACT is working to understand the problems, identify the changes needed, share information and ideas, and propose effective actions.

Join in

ACT welcomes new members. Join us to get updates on progress, participate in the work, show your support and help raise awareness.

Make a difference

Visit our FAQs section for ideas on what you can do to help. Please contact us if you have ideas or information you want to share. We have collected links to other useful sites.

If you are just looking for somewhere to start, try this from Imperial College.

The Topics pages provide information on the work we are doing in specific areas. The maps and data page provides detailed mapping of climate related themes for Teignbridge.


What’s Happening

Power Allotments Devon On Tuesday 13th September I attended a webinar to introduce Power Allotments Devon along with colleagues from TECs. This Devon wide project hopes to encourage local communities to build, own and benefit from their own renewable energy power station projects across Devon, creating spaces for biodiversity net gain and generating… Read More...
ACT experience filled me with hope I have just completed a summer placement with ACT and my experience has filled me with hope, writes Finlay Heppell. It was a great learning opportunity for me and I met many knowledgeable and passionate people who all share the same goal of tackling the climate crisis in Teignbridge. Finlay… Read More...
The day the well ran dry On Wednesday 20th July our water stopped running: after providing our farm with running water for 36 years our well was dry. For us this was serious and scary. We were already being careful with our water use as it has been dry since the New Year. But then, suddenly,… Read More...
Electricity should be renewable and as local as possible This post considers the proposition that most energy could be generated from renewables near to where it is needed. This article starts with a brief history of the electricity network, which reminds us that its origins were local in nature, and of how the grid evolved. History of the electricity… Read More...
Why are electricity prices rising? We examine the reasons behind the dramatic rises in electricity prices following the unprecedented rises in fossil fuel prices, and why reductions in renewable prices have had no effect. Read More...
Council’s carbon reduction targets won’t do the job Following its Climate Emergency declaration three years ago, Teignbridge District Council has published and adopted Part 1 of its Climate Action Plan. Part 2 is expected later this year. Action on Climate in Teignbridge (ACT) welcomes the long-awaited plan, believing it is an essential first step in delivering on the… Read More...
July 2022 Newsletter Here is our July newsletter.  Topics covered: The HeatwaveACT gathering of members, families & friends - 1 OctoberParliamentary climate change briefingACT Carbon CuttersTeignbridge District Council's Carbon Action PlanUK's Net Zero Strategy deemed unlawfulGovernment releases "Jet Zero" strategyCarbon Dioxide Removals (update)Progress, or not, on NatureOther stuff Please feel free to send us any feedback… Read More...
April 2022 Newsletter Hi Everyone Here is our April newsletter.  It's created as a Google document so please let us know if you have any difficulties accessing or reading it and, if you'd rather have a PDF version,  please use the File menu to download one. Topics covered: Calling all Carbon CuttersAm I doing enough about… Read More...
Economic growth measure fails on green front The UK economy shrank by 9% in 2020 but bounced back in 2021, growing by 7.5%. This year, it is expected to grow by 3.6%. These numbers matter a lot to the government, but there is increasing debate about how relevant they are to setting economic policies to tackle the… Read More...
Am I doing enough about climate change? I counted at least 10 articles on climate change in one recent edition of the local paper, writes Amanda Cole. And that was without including those that referred to climate change within a wider piece. This suggests we really don’t need any more information about climate change and the devastating… Read More...