Small changes towards  a zero waste lifestyle
Aug02

Small changes towards a zero waste lifestyle

As residents of Dartmoor head to the National Park headquarters to demand action against climate change, Extinction Rebellion are gearing up for a summer of rebellion to keep the pressure on the government to act now against the climate catastrophe that may just be averted if everyone pulls their finger out. By now we’ll know who we’re to have as our new Prime Minister – chances are its Boris Johnson who I once thought would make a...

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Renewable energy beats coal for the first time
Jun28

Renewable energy beats coal for the first time

The Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the mid-18th Century. It was seen as a time of progress, of technological advances and of lives being made easier with the invention of machines that took labour away from workers. It was seen as a good thing. However, when we look back at that time, we can now assess the true impact that period had on our society, our economy and our environment. In 1882, the Edison Electric Light Station...

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Back to barter
Jun20

Back to barter

I have long believed that an easier, more locally sustainable way to live would be to go back to a barter and share system. I have loads of tomatoes, you have loads of eggs, we arrange between us how many of each equates to equal value and swap. Of course when I talk to people about this they always bring up the fact that one person would believe a kilo of tomatoes would be worth two dozen eggs, whereas another person would think it...

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Chagford Library unveils locally inspired mural by nationally renowned artist
Jun19

Chagford Library unveils locally inspired mural by nationally renowned artist

Chagford Library is officially unveiling its unique new mural, thanks to support from its local Friends Group and the talents of a local artist. The mural, which is inspired by the local surroundings and local characters, was commissioned by the Friends Group and was hand painted by local artist Steve Dooley, who is well-known for his murals and illustrations of author Kenneth Grahame’s classic characters from Wind in the Willows. The...

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Environmental cost of travel
Jun09

Environmental cost of travel

I know nothing about football. Other than a good game of rugby, sport doesn’t really interest me much. When my editor started talking about the Champions League and Europa League finals, I pretended to be interested, knowing that I wouldn’t understand a word he said. Until he pointed out that all four teams are British and all four, and their entourage, and their fans, will be travelling thousands of miles to play a game of football,...

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