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Ottery declares climate emergency > going carbon-free by 2030

  • by JW

The image of the ‘green man’ has been around a long time:

The Enigma of the Green Man – History, Theories and Pictures


With an example from the church at Ottery St Mary:


Copyright Michael Garlick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Ottery St. Mary Parish Church: Green man corbel


The Herald reports on how the town is really going green:


Ottery declares climate change emergency

A climate emergency has been declared in Ottery to make it a carbon-free town by 2030.

Ottery Town Council pledged to take action by working with the community to work towards a carbon-free future.

Councillor Dean Stewart proposed a motion calling on the council to have the ‘moral authority’ to lead the fight against environmental damage.

It was backed by the mayor and deputy mayor before being passed unanimously on Monday evening.

As part of the declaration, the council will now set up a working group to produce a report to recommend actions, policies and changes to assist with the move to becoming a zero-carbon town and council.

Cllr Stewart said: “This group should consist of councillors, residents, experts, scientists, businesses and young citizens to develop a range of strategies to make Ottery St Mary a carbon-zero town by 2030 and maximise the benefits to employment, tourism, health, agriculture, transport and local businesses, while ensuring the carbon footprint is considered in all council business and activity.” Anyone interested in joining the group or has interest or knowledge of environmental issues, the science behind climate change and the local geography and economy to email the assistant town clerk.

A public meeting will be held shortly to ask volunteers and experts to come forward and assist, either as part of the working group producing the report or as a wider body of concerned residents who wish to contribute.

Following the meeting, Cllr Roger Giles, Mayor of Ottery, called the motion a ‘positive action’ towards tackling a vitally important issue.

Ottery declares climate change emergency