Climate Emergency

Totnes Town Council has Declared a Climate & Ecological Emergency

We need the involvement of all our residents and businesses as well as the views of visitors and experts to assist us in creating an Action Plan that will enable us to assist the town to be Carbon Neutral by 2030 and support our biodiversity from major extinction by mitigating our impact on wild species and Protecting and Enhancing our Natural Environment.

This email is to invite you to the Totnes Town Council Climate & Ecological Emergency Action Planning Week taking place from 3pm Sunday 3rd November through to 6pm Saturday 9th November.

This week of Planning activities will comprise an interesting and inspiring week of exhibits, workshops and sessions around the topic themes we have identified to date where we intend to develop the many proposals and actions put forward to date to be developed into pathways and timelines for the actions we need to take.  There will be plenty of opportunity to meet others with similar interests and understand more about how we can reduce our carbon footprint.  

The briefing schedule of all the events during that week together with information about the interactive exhibitions, workshops and sessions is attached at this link

These are the links for documents we will be using during the week and drawing together to provide proposals for actions from previous public events:
Totnes People's Climate and Ecological Emergency Action Plan (outputs from the Community Conversation held in July'19)
Totnes Town Council draft Climate Emergency Action Plan V6 (further to the August public meeting)
Transition in Action: Totnes 2030 an energy descent action plan (Downloadable pdf at this link:

We hope you will be able to join us during the week of Action Planning for a session or workshop that you are interested in. Please help us to promote this important week by forwarding this email and sharing this information with your groups, friends, family and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there.

 You might also be interested in going along to the (highly relevant) next Transition Town Totnes Film Night which will be screening the very popular DEMAIN (Tomorrow) on Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm in the Dartmouth Inn. Poster and details at this link

The links to notes from our previous informal TC meetings are below:

Meeting no.6 Notes July 6th 2019 
Meeting no.5 Notes 15th June 2019
Meeting no.4 Notes 18th May 2019
Meeting no.3 Notes 13th April 2019
Meeting no. 2 Notes 2nd March 2019
Meeting no.1 Notes 26th January 2019

This is the original motion we agreed on December 3rd 2018

This is a link to the Transition Town Totnes Totnes & District 2030: An Energy Descent Action Plan published in 2010. It still has useful ideas and proposals.


A community-run Facebook Page for this group can be found here. A book list on the subject has been compiled which includes reference numbers of where they can be found in either Totnes library or ordered through the Devon Libraries network.


 Devon Climate Emergency Response Group - Update (Oct 2019)

The Devon Climate Emergency Response Group, chaired by Phil Norrey and comprising of public and private sector organisations, has appointed a Net-Zero Task Force to deliver a Devon Carbon Plan.



The Net-Zero Task Force is chaired by Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, a leading climate expert, and it includes experts drawn from environmental, economic, health and academic organisations.

The Task Force has today issued an invitation – a ‘call for evidence’ - to all Devon residents to submit their ideas about how Devon can reduce carbon emissions as quickly as possible. It will be conducting a series of hearings to help gather views, evidence and data that will be used to develop recommendations for the Devon Carbon Plan.

For your information, here is a link to the Net-Zero Task Force’s press announcement about the ‘call for evidence’.

A new Devon Climate Emergency website, launched today, detailing the work of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group and the Net-Zero Task Force, can be viewed here, Please take a moment to have a look at the website, specifically the information about the Devon Carbon Plan, which can be viewed here

We are asking Members to also be aware of the Devon Climate Emergency social media accounts, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, (Instagram will follow), and we invite Members to follow, like, retweet and share messages. Here are links to those social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn.