INVITATION to OurPlaceOurPlanet.Org LAUNCH
& Autumn News 2020
In this issue:  - Greener Devon Week - TrEx AGM - Creative Cabin - Eco Hub - #ReturntoOffender -  - Exmouth Eco Hub - Don't be a Tosser - SWW Shares Issue - Green Drinks - SWW Biodiversity Plan - TEDxExeter -  Fighting Food Waste



Countdown has begun ! We are proud to invite you to the Launch presentation of 
Half an hour on Zoom: 7.30 to 8pm Tuesday 20th October 2020 is a website dedicated to the steps we can take towards a more sustainable future.  It covers Energy, Waste, Food, Transport and Nature, featuring 5 First Steps per topic  ( things we  we can do today, such as order a veg box) and over 50 Next Steps (things that take a bit more organising, such as setting up a walking bus to school ) came out of a brainstorming network meeting in November 2019 , involving Transition Exmouth, representatives of over fifty local groups, schools, businesses and individuals as well as Town, District and County Councillors.  

Exmouth Town Council has funded the build of the site , and the content has been drawn together by the Transition group.   Exmouth Town Council have pledged to share the site from their homepage , and all their official communications, so the site will reach deep into the community, even touching people who don’t “identify” as “green” and may not normally search for such information. 

Part of a sustainable future is of course a resilient local economy , so  links to local businesses and groups who can help with each Step, as well as inter/national links, are  part of the website.     

There are links to 100 local Exmouth groups and businesses already, and several hundred inter/national links. 

 The Local Links idea was too good to keep to ourselves, so the website has been built with the option to select any Place.  The inter/national links are relevant to anyone, anywhere in the world .  Local links to other Places can be added using a simple table.  We are really excited to see who will be next to  make the website their own: maybe your place, if you're one of our non-Exmouth readers?  
   The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  tells us that we have a decade to solve the Climate Emergency here on Planet Earth.   
Sharing from your website or in your email footer is an off-the peg action which reaches all your contacts.  Help us spread the word !
To register for the launch , please email us  and we will send you the Zoom link.

Hope to see you at the Launch ,

7.30 to 8pm Tuesday 20th October 2020

AGM 2020 : Taking Transition Exmouth forward

Transition Exmouth's 2020 AGM will be held by online voting in November. We would welcome new people to join the Umbrella Group , to help us develop projects and bring fresh ideas .
The Umbrella Group has 8 elected roles :  Chair , Secretary, Treasurer, Media & Websites, Membership, L.A. Liaision, Events, Green Drinks, Community Links, with four other co-opted members, usually with a specialism  in Energy, Waste , Nature, Travel and/or Food.  Role-sharing is welcome - six of us have taken the lead on different events this year - and many of the Umbrella group are involved with other organisations too. 
"The TrEx umbrella meetings are the "Hub" -  a way for us all to check in, quick report on what we are doing , a great opportunity to get feedback and cross-fertisilation of ideas," explains Nicky Nicholls, this year's Chair.   "The detail of each TrEx project is threshed out in "Spokes" groups, either in person,  via googledocs, zoom or whattsapp - we do not to have endless meetings , we are all busy !"
Next year,  the Umbrella  group will be involved various projects, including:
  • Developing the new website (answering feedback , writing and editing the Blog, adding information and bringing new places on board )
  • Updating the Transition Exmouth website 
  • Using Social Media to promote sustainable living 
  • Continuing to work with Exmouth Town Council towards a carbon neutral future
  • Building links and joint projects with Exmouth Community groups and businesses
  • Developing plans for an Eco Hub in Exmouth
The Umbrella group as a whole meet once a month for an hour.   Often the most valuable thing the Umbrella does is to comment on work in progress, and suggest network links who can help.  
New technology has been a vertical learning curve for all of us this year, but there's been plenty of support and we are all now zooming , g-doccing and whatsapping like digital natives. Support will be available for  new umbrella members.  
None of us are perfect Eco-Angels, the main qualification is willingness to take and promote steps towards a more sustainable future.  
To find out more about joining the Umbrella Group, please  contact us. 
Exmouth Eco Hub & the Creative Cabin 

Transition Exmouth is exploring the idea of an EcoHub for our Town, imagining community workshops, a community kitchen, an education and advice centre, a space for meetings and events and a library of things.   Of course a big part of the work at present is around working out how all of this can function in a covid-aware manner !

We love the look of the Creative Cabin , and are discussing ways of working together with the project , and learning from their success

Please  email us  if you’re interested in being part of the team 
Picture: Biodiversity Opportunity Map created for a key site in SWW Biodiversity Strategy development work in Exmouth

We'll email the link to Green Drinks regulars . If you'd like to receive Green Drinks invitations, please contact us 

THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2020 on Zoom  730 to 8pm

SWW Biodiversity Manager Jules Florey

Jules will talk to us about her role , followed by social chat 

NEWSFLASH!!      URGENT - deadline 9th October 2020 


 South West Water customers have been sent a letter and an email offering  a choice about how you would like to receive £20  - either as a bill credit or as Shares in Pennon Group plc, South West Water's parent company.  Becoming a shareholder, and therefore entitled to vote, you can make your voice heard about Sewage Pollution in our seas and rivers and other environmental issues. 
To see local information about how this affects people in the South-West provided by Surfers Against Sewage, please Click Here.

If you're interested in the shares option visit:,  or Click Here,  and follow the instructions.  Please remember to have your CUSTOMER REFERENCE NUMBER and ACCESS CODE to hand, which should have been posted to you, and appear on the back page of the main letter.  

TEDxExeter has always been about sharing powerful ideas, fostering meaningful connections and inspiring positive action, and we need all of that more than ever now, in our new socially distanced world. 

 13 October is the launch of  TEDxExeter Countdown  We'll hear from leading voices in the campaign for climate action, discover how they have driven awareness of the imminent dangers of climate change throughout their careers and how you can do your part to save the planet! Register here.



In spring Surfers against Sewage  ran the first digital #ReturnToOffender campaign that saw over 600,000 people engaged; digitally returning pieces of branded packaging pollution to the offending companies through the power of social media.

As part of the first ever Plastic Protest this autumn, they are calling on you to join thousands of environmental activists at beaches, rivers, streets, parks and mountains across the UK to challenge the companies responsible for unnecessary, avoidable, single-use packaging.

Simply pick a location, date and time from the 5th September - 18th October, then log your event details here.

If you are litter picking with Plastic Free Exmouth , Clean Streets Exmouth or Clean Beach Exmouth , or are one of the many who litter pick as part of your daily walk , do join the #ReturntoOffender campaign 

Let's also celebrate litter that WASN'T dropped on the beach!
  Transition Exmouth mermaids have been handing out bags through the summer , and talking to people about the Don't be a Tosser campaign.  When Exeter Uni students had this evening out on the beach , the mermaids gave out 50 bags , and invited the students to tidy up after themselves and any careless classmates. 
No Litter. What a result!   
SAVE food hub :
Seaton is close to Zero Retail Food Waste 

For over five months SAVE have been collecting perfectly good, in-date food that the supermarkets were sending for waste 😖 Brilliant volunteers SAVEd it and, what didn’t go to food banks and local food projects, they shared with  for free 💚 via the Olio sharing app.
SAVE make over 25 collections a week, 😳 seven days a week, from six stores in four towns 👍🏾 How many volunteers do you think they have doing that? 200? 100? 🤷🏼‍♀️ We actually have an active, regular volunteer team of just ten 😳 I know right? Pretty hard to believe 🤔. But there you go. More than two tonnes of perfectly good food saved from waste in the last three weeks alone 😳
💚SAVE would love some help if you're in the Seaton area, you can email them   🙌🏾

See SAVE report in the Herald 

Save on Facebook

How fantastic is this ?  Transition Exmouth are working on plans for a Community fridge - watch this space , and contact us if you're interested in fighting food waste in Exmouth 

Transition Exmouth's Newsletters and Events are all Free -
but producing them isn't !

Donations pay for the costs of running events such as hiring halls, films, speakers, annual public liability insurance ,web site fees , printing,  a stall at the Exmouth Festival and other events,  etc.

Membership is free for students and people on a low income
Subscription rates of £5, £10 and £50 a year are available
You choose what you can afford, and how to pay.

Donations can be paid via:
The Paypal or Card button on our website 
Bank transfer to Transition Exmouth, co-op bank 08-92-99, a/c 65332739  
Cash at Green Drinks 
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Member organisations can be featured on our website,which is currently being revamped.  They can also be featured on the new OurPlaceOurPlanet website (see article above) 

Transition Exmouth is a voluntary organisation, new members are always welcome. 
Voluntary help is as valuable as money –
none of our work would be possible without the time members put in.

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