Author: Pauline Wynter

  • ACT Newsletter February 2024

    ACT Newsletter February 2024

    Welcome to the first ACT Newsletter of 2024. We have a busy year ahead, with much of our attention focused on the ACT with the Arts Climate Festival planned for June this year. With the likelihood of a general election some time this year, we will also be taking a close look at the climate…

  • Council duty on biodiversity clarified last year

    Council duty on biodiversity clarified last year

    Under the Environment Act 2021 public authorities, including town and parish councils, have a duty to do what they can to conserve and enhance biodiversity. Government guidance issued last year set a deadline of January 1 2024 for councils to decide what action they can take, and said they must agree policies and objectives as…

  • ACT Newsletter November 2023

    ACT Newsletter November 2023

    Welcome to the ACT newsletter for November, with lots of information about what we’ve been doing and what’s coming up. There is an update on the new ACT with Art group, news of Teignbridge District Council’s climate scorecard, ideas from ACT’s list of actions you can take to reduce your heating bills and carbon emissions,…

  • Why ACT is politically neutral

    Why ACT is politically neutral

    The ACT Carbon Cutters group had a discussion recently about ACT’s political orientation. ACT clearly wants the government, as well as local councils and individuals, to take action on the climate and ecological emergency, and some political parties are more in tune with that than others. So the question raised was why we shouldn’t ally…

  • Teignbridge scores well on climate action

    Teignbridge scores well on climate action

    Teignbridge District Council has performed well in the first UK-wide Council Climate Action Scorecards produced by Climate Emergency UK. It scored 47% overall, placing it 6th among other district councils. Among neighbouring councils, only Exeter City Council is ahead of Teignbridge, with its score of 56% putting it in second place, behind top scorer Lancaster…

  • ACT at Newton Abbot Fayre

    ACT at Newton Abbot Fayre

    ACT took a stand at the Fayre held on Saturday 26th August, and luckily the forecast rain and thunderstorm failed to put in an appearance! The stand was a bit isolated from the main events but we had plenty of visitors despite this. It was a combined energy / carbon cutting and wildlife warden stand.…

  • ACT Newsletter August 2023

    ACT Newsletter August 2023

    Visit ACT at Newton Abbot Fayre We will be setting up a stall at this event on Saturday August 26th in Courtenay Park and would love to see you there. Both Wildlife Wardens and Carbon Cutters will be there with a range of exhibits, games and a quiz so come and test your knowledge, or…

  • Carbon capture and storage: fact or fantasy?

    Carbon capture and storage: fact or fantasy?

    The UK government has committed to a big expansion of carbon capture and storage (CCS), along with plans for more oil and gas drilling in the North Sea. Using CCS is a prerequisite of expanding fossil fuel extraction if the UK is to stick to its target of reaching net zero by 2050.  The government…

  • Welcome to Janine Perye, an enthusiastic Carbon Cutter!

    Welcome to Janine Perye, an enthusiastic Carbon Cutter!

    Janine joined ACT’s Carbon Cutters group to help others understand what individuals can do to cut their carbon emissions. Janine says: “The topic is very urgent and doing the ACT training course inspired me to help spread the message. I am learning things myself on a daily basis and have spoken to friends, family, neighbours…