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North Devon Council is asking the public to provide their thoughts and feedback on the Interim Devon Carbon Plan. A consultation is available to take part in on the Devon Climate Emergency’s (DCE) website which runs from Monday 7 December for 10 weeks.

The 25 organisations who make up the Devon Climate Emergency (DCE) partnership prepared this collaborative roadmap to create a net-zero Devon where people and nature thrive and be Devon’s response to the global climate emergency.

Over the past year, the Net-Zero Task Force (a group of fifteen experts in areas including renewable energy, transport, planning and the built environment) have been developing the plan for creating a net-zero Devon. Citizens have inputted their ideas through the evidence gathering stage which was held at the start of this year.

Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, the chairman of the Net-Zero Taskforce – the group of experts guiding the Carbon Plan’s development says: “Since the pandemic began the Carbon Plan has grown beyond the necessity to reduce carbon emissions. It is now a rare opportunity to create a fairer, healthier, more resilient and more prosperous society.

“Actions like a transition to clean technologies will create new jobs, improve energy security and will help increase economic prosperity. While enhancing the natural environment offers tremendous opportunities to reduce flood risk, improve water and air quality, the availability of nutritious food and will create more accessible greenspace.

“Ultimately it’s up to Devon’s citizens’. The more people who take part in the consultation, the stronger our argument becomes, the more momentum we create and the more likely we are to realise our goals. It’s your carbon plan, and what you think matters.”

Caroline Leaver, North Devon District Council Lead Member for Climate Change says: “Climate change affects us all - individuals, communities and businesses. I encourage as many people and organisations as possible have their say on the draft Climate Action Plan. Tell us what you think, suggest improvements, and take this opportunity to help direct this important work across Devon.”

To find out more about the Devon Climate Emergency project, follow them on Facebook, Twitter or visit their website.