The Climate and Ecological Emergency in Totnes. So, What Next?
In 2018 Totnes Town Council Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency.
In 2019 Transition Town Totnes (TTT) - with partners - held an event called ‘Totnes Declares a Climate Emergency: What Next?’ leading to a People's Climate & Ecological Emergency Action Plan. Numerous meetings happened and plans were made arising from this. Some work has continued and some has lost momentum. We’ve been through a pandemic and much has changed in the world.
Nearly two years on, we are seeking to take the work further, to re-ignite wider engagement and to see what’s possible.
This page will serve as a resource hub to keep you up to date on the progress of this project and a reminder of some of the outcomes from the meeting held almost two years ago.
One of the questions posed on the day was:
‘If we do everything we can possibly do to respond to the climate and ecological emergency, working together locally and thinking globally, if we draw on all the resources, imagination, courage and political will, what could we create?’
To begin to answer this question, we heard from a series of 'provocateurs' who spoke about different perspectives of the environmental and social challenges we currently face, and how these could be addressed. These were then broken down into 15 themes, which were explored in various breakout sessions to help find practical solutions to these issues.
If you were there, or knew about this event, we’d love to hear your views about the outcomes on the day. What stood out for you and what would you like to see the community take forward? If you were not able to attend the event, we’d still like to hear about some of the issues you care about locally that will help to drive positive change within our communities to tackle the climate and ecological crisis. Please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
We’ll begin to share your views around World Environment Day, which is celebrated on June 5th. This is the United Nation’s key campaign to raise awareness and promote action for the protection of the environment.
To quote David Attenborough; “Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics.”
“People who are going to be around in 10 years' time, in 20 years' time, will blame us profoundly if we don't do anything about it.”
The time to act is now. Keep checking back here for updates or follow us on social media, including Instagram and Facebook @transitiontowntotnes or Twitter @TTTotnes
For many, COVID-19 – a zoonotic disease spread to humans from exploited wild animals – has been our first direct experience of the climate and ecological crisis. This year offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for change.
Later this year, global leaders will reform environmental policies at the biodiversity COP15 and climate COP26 conventions. On-the-ground, Transition Town Totnes, together with our local partners and community champions, will seek grassroots solutions to local issues in a global context.
This is our moment. We cannot turn back time. But we can grow trees, green our town, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts. We are the generation that can make peace with nature. Let’s get active. Come and join us.
Here are some further links to relevant documents that represent some of the outcomes of the meeting back in 2019:
• For a full write up of the responses on the day please see the 'People's Climate and Ecological Emergency Plan for Totnes'.
• Totnes Town Council Climate Emergency Action Plan DRAFT
• Transition in Action: Totnes 2030 an energy descent action plan
We’ve also mapped the themes that were identified as priorities and aligned them with other projects happening locally, so that we can bring everyone together to support our common cause: