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Take part in West Devon's Great Big Green Week

West Devon Borough Council's Climate Change and Biodiversity Forum is inviting community groups and town and parish councils to join a national week celebrating action on climate change.

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Great Big Green Week is happening nationwide between 18 and 26 September 2021. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.

The borough council's Climate Change and Biodiversity Forum is inviting West Devon's community groups, town and parish councils to take part and organise events that suit combating climate change in the borough.

One of the main focuses of the week locally will be around ''Moths to a Flame'', a creative community activity which joins local messages about tackling climate change into an art display at COP26 in Glasgow this November. People across the country are being asked to create their own "moths" - we're encouraging everyone in West Devon to take part. If you do, take a photograph and email them to climatechange@swdevon.gov.uk and we will showcase some of them on our social media channels during the week.

Cllr Lynn Daniel, West Devon Borough Council Lead Member for Natural Environment, said: "Climate change is arguably the most important topic of our time. Initiatives like the Great Big Green Week are great for reminding us all that the topic is one we need to constantly be thinking about as we move forward.

"It's really encouraging to see so many community groups already pledging to get involved and I hope that even more come forward to take part."

Several West Devon groups have already pledged to take part. North Tawton Repair Cafe is holding a special event on 18 September at North Tawton Community Centre where people can bring their broken household items and clothes, where hopefully they can be fixed and made good again.

Sampford Courtenay Environmental and Sustainability Group will be organising a Bug Hotel Workshop to make a big Hotel for the Village Green, or a little one to take home on 18 September at the village green and church rooms.

St James's Church in Bondleigh will host a talk by David Ramsden MBE entitled 'Climate Change, What's all the fuss about?' on 20 September at 7.30pm

Okehampton Town Council, Okehampton Fair Trade Group and Action on Climate Change, along with other such groups are combining to hold a coffee morning for the Big Green Week on 25 September in the Charter Hall from 9.30am.

Transition Tavistock's Sustainability Book Group will hold its first online meeting on 21 September, while Tamar Energy Community and Transition Tavistock will be in Tavistock's Bedford Square on 25 September as part of the farmer's market, offering advice and information on renewable energy, low carbon heating and other topics relating to climate change. 

Tamar Energy Community will be holding an evening Zoom talk called "Retrofitting your home - What's it all about?" on 23 September at 7pm.

Tavistock Library is also offering opportunities to get involved in a community celebration of 'All Things Green' on 18 September plus some weekday activities - see the library's Facebook page or website for more information. 

People can help create an installation as part of the main 'Moths to a Flame' theme of the week which continues with an artist from the Art and Energy Collective making moths, to be sent to Glasgow for COP 26, at the Fun Palaces event on 2 October. 

Art & Energy, supported by Tamar Energy Community and others can work with interested parish councils, schools and groups to develop their Moths before and during Great Big Green Week, and invite venues to host mini-installations for communities to hang their moths during the week. This could be shops, halls, gardens: anywhere that can contribute to visibility. If you would like to be involved in this or have any suggestions contact  ClimateChange@swdevon.gov.uk

For more information including timings for the events, visit: https://www.climatechange.westdevon.gov.uk/west-devon-great-big-green-week

For more on "Moths to a Flame", visit https://www.mothstoaflame.art/

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Issued 10 September 2021

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