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Climate Action Week is coming to North Devon

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Posted on: 25 February 2020

North Devon is preparing to welcome Climate Action Week next month (Saturday 21 to Saturday 28 March). The event aims to mobilise community action to raise awareness of global warming.

Climate Action Week is being organised by North Devon Council and follows their decision to sign up to the Devon Climate Declaration last year. The declaration commits to collaborating to engage Devon’s residents, businesses and visitors to develop and implement a plan to achieve a 45% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and by 100% by 2050.

Climate Action Week will consist of a range of environment-themed activities around North Devon, which individuals, parishes, local organisations, community groups and schools will organise and take part in. The event will start with a march through the centre of Barnstaple on Saturday 21 March and activities during the week will include seed planting, e-bike demos and climate-related talks and film showings. The council is giving out wildflower seeds for groups or schools with land to plant on, on a first come, first served basis.

North Devon Council’s Lead Member for Climate Change, Councillor Caroline Leaver says: “We would like to use Climate Action Week as a way of celebrating what communities are already doing to tackle global warming and encouraging even more. Collaboration strengthens action, so if we all do our bit to raise awareness of climate change we’ll be better placed to protect our planet for the future.”

North Devon Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Councillor Netti Pearson says: “We are calling on individuals, groups, schools and community organisations across the district to plan or take part in an activity – however big or small – with a focus on the environment or climate change.  The scale and urgency of the global challenge from climate change must be recognised and acted on or the world will be a very different place by the time our children reach adulthood.”

Updates about North Devon Climate Action Week will be posted on a dedicated Facebook page and on the council’s social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter). To request some wildflower seeds or have your activity included in the timetable, email climate@northdevon.gov.uk.

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