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 meeting where Clare Tinnyunt, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, made a three minute statement to the packed meeting.

DNPA agreed and declared a climate emergency with the aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

Members signed the Devon Climate Declaration and will work with the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group and other bodies such as the Environment Agency to produce a Devon-wide carbon plan and to try and put pressure on central government.

DNPA has already reduced its carbon footprint by 40% since 2009 and is looking into other ways to reduce it further with the installation of LED lighting across all their sites and buildings and all DNPA cars and 4×4 vehicles used being electric with electric charge points in all of the park’s carparks.

Pamela Woods the new Chair of DNPA said: “I am proud of what we have achieved both as an organisation and our role in looking after the national park.”

Stuart Clarke

Author: Stuart Clarke

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