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

Wildlife Wardens gather to celebrate and say farewell to Flavio Teignbridge Wildlife Wardens enjoyed their first Big Gathering on January 29th, as 50 of the 100 plus team of wardens came together in the Teign Valley, writes Scott Williams. They convened at Oxen Park Farm, Higher Ashton, on a cold Saturday morning. The venue is the location for Teign Greens,… Read More...
Draft Local Plan open to comment Teignbridge District Council’s draft Local Plan is open for comment until noon on Monday March 13th. The plan details ‘how’ and ‘where’ proposed new housing and employment related development will take place in the district until 2040. It includes site allocations for housing, employment and wind turbines. The sites included… Read More...
How to look after the watts The bill payer running around the house screaming at teenagers to ‘turn that light out’ was a sit com staple in the 1980's, but with electricity bills going through the roof it is no longer a subject for cheap jokes. Before you start looking at turning off everything in your… Read More...
ACT: three years and counting! On April 18th 2019, Audrey Compton was standing outside Forde House, the home of Teignbridge District Council (TDC), with a group of people holding banners. They were there to lobby the council to pass the climate emergency declaration proposal put forward by Councillor Jackie Hook.  “We really didn’t think it… Read More...
Support conversion not demolition of Bradley Lane Friday 8th October saw the public release of the planning application for Bradley Lane in Newton Abbot (22/01500/MAJ), writes ACT Wildlife Warden Eloise Rokirilov.  Long pending, starting at 171 documents and growing, the expiry date for comments remains at 4th November. The application calls for wholesale demolition of all the… Read More...
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...