Green Issues: The Carbon Plan

Devon County Council (DCC) are moving forward with their plans to make Devon carbon neutral. Teams have been set up and meetings are going ahead. As with any new ‘organisation’, these things take time and there is a lot of planning that has to be done, discussions had and targets agreed before anyone can actually move on anything. But this is good. A successful outcome will come from decent planning. And the great thing is that DCC...

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Green and pleasant land
Oct18

Green and pleasant land

I had a number of things to do last weekend and so found myself driving around Dartmoor and Torbay. Working for the newspaper, we quite often hear of proposed housing developments and how the locals are generally always against them. I was, therefore, really quite surprised to see so much building going on, much of it housing. There have been various statements made over the past year on how certain council and government reviews into...

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State of Nature report is damning
Oct18

State of Nature report is damning

kingfisher by Shantanu Kuveskar With many species lost and others on the brink of decline, we will have to change the way we live, eat, and farm this land. The warnings are clear in the latest State of Nature 2019 report published last week. 70 organisations took part to produce the report which is a damning document on how human impacts are changing this country’s wildlife. Sir David Attenborough has called for tough planning laws to...

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Burning times
Sep13

Burning times

30 years ago, when I was in primary school, I wrote a poem that was chosen to be published in a children’s poetry book about the natural world. I can’t remember it now, but I do remember it was about the Amazon rainforest and how I couldn’t understand why grown-ups couldn’t see the damage that was being done by cutting down the trees. Massive deforestation started in the Amazon in the late 1960s, which means it had been happening for...

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DARTMOOR’S MOOR MEADOWS MAP
Sep06

DARTMOOR’S MOOR MEADOWS MAP

Map made using google maps The Dartmoor Community Group last year set up ‘Moor Meadows’, where people were requested to donate large or small bits of land in and around Dartmoor to become wildflower meadows. Moor Meadows has now produced an online map where you can see the size and location of each meadow; in one case a meadow has been made on a roof of a shed in Chagford which is 0.01 acres. Nicky Scott’s shed roof meadow was...

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Dartmoor National Park declares climate emergency
Aug13

Dartmoor National Park declares climate emergency

A number of members and followers of Extinction Rebellion (XR) took their demands for Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) to declare a climate emergency to a meeting at Parke, the headquarters off the DNPA, near Bovey Tracey. Carrying banners, the group demanded a climate emergency be declared that the DNPA become carbon neutral by 2025. The group held an impromptu meeting outside in the garden before they were led into the DNPA...

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