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Our Exmouth Our Planet Climate Change Networking Meeting  See the Photos   On a cold,  wet Exmouth evening, over 90 people representing 50 different local groups met to discuss their vision for what a low carbon Exmouth might look like, and to identify immediate steps we can all take towards it .    Hosted by Transition Exmouth, this was the first of an exciting series of events brought about by the declaration of a Climate Emergency by local, regional and national governments.      People  present ranged from parliamentary candidates  toExtinction rebellion activists , local businesses to Facebook groups,  Allotment holders to Churches, restaurants to schools.  "The synergy in the room as we all worked together was amazing", said Carol Jay , Transition secretary.    The evening started with a rousing series of welcome speeches from Nicky Nicholls the new Chair of Transition Exmouth, plus the outgoing Chair Adrian O'Toole and local student Jess Nicholls, who inspired attendees with her experiences in the Fridays for Future school strike movement.  Working groups for the evening were formed covering a range of issues : Food , Built Environment, Community, Energy, Transport , Biodiversity and Reducing Waste. Together the groups mapped out all the great things currently happening in Exmouth, and what they would like to see happening in the future. They focused on what actions would be needed to achieve the big visions, and what rapid steps we can all take today.   Nicky Nicholls said, “Tonight was brilliant! But now the hard work really begins. There is such an appetite to support Exmouth, the residents and the Council in achieving the changes that are needed to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. The plan for how to make those desires a reality is being developed and there are some great ideas afoot. Watch this space!"   The most popular long term vision was an Exmouth Eco Hub or  an environmental / arts discovery centre where workshops can be held,   information shared and practical community action taken. This suggestion came up on every table !   A few of the hundreds of ideas for a next step we can all take tomorrow ranged from : Switching to a renewable energy supplier,   volunteering for an eco group , using the Refill shops in Exmouth, cycling more , joining a car share scheme and of course  planting a tree.   You can see all of the notes from every table here;     These contain  suggestions under the headings:  1. Positive stuff is happening in Exmouth now  2. Our vision for carbonfree Exmouth in 2030 3. Who needs to be involved 4. Next Steps we can take as Individuals, Groups and Local Authorities .                  Groups who attended:    Plastic Free Exmouth  Liberal Democrats  Labour Party (East Devon)  TrEx  Exmouth Tree Project  Green Party  Exmouth Town Council  Bumble and Bees Cafes  Exeter University Students  Devon County Councillor & Independent parliamentary candidate Claire Wright   Dan Wilson, Labour Party (East Devon) parliamentary candidate    Feel-good Mini Fest / Vegan Market/MindfullyU  Exmouth Devon Wildlife Trust Bystock , Hamilton Ln Allotments  LETS  Exmouth in Bloom  Saving the Earth One Tip at a Time  4SEasonsSolutions  Exeter Community Energy & Healthy Homes  Queens Drive Centre  alternative group  Green Drinks  Sundowners  Heart and Soul  School Marpool  Exmouth Swift Group  Exmouth Wildlife Group  River Exe Café  Refill Devon  Fridays for Future  Tidelines  ALRUGRail Users Group  Open Door (Men's Shed (re-skilling, etc), ICE, Community Cafe, Nightshift & Haven Projects)  Logo Chamber of commerce  Eco Dragons Den  Findthecause  Eco Church Network  Extinction Rebellion  Exmouth Town Council  Exmouth Devon Wildlife Trust Bystock , Hamilton Ln Allotments  EDDC  LETS  Exmouth Community College  Devon Wildlife Trust (local group)  Clean Street Exmouth  Exmouth Transport Group  Clean Beach Exmouth  Rhubarb & Runner Beans  Saztainable  Plastic Reduction Working Party  Sustrans  Local Transport Partnership  SO
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