Devon County Council backs the RSPB’s #ReviveOurWorld campaign

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Posted on: 22 September 2020

Devon County Council is backing the RSPB’s #ReviveOurWorld campaign to take action for Nature.

Devon County Council leader John Hart said: “We enjoy a beautiful environment in Devon and we are determined to protect and enhance it for local people and visitors and safeguard it for Nature. There is still a lot to do but we have:

  • Committed to be carbon neutral by 2030
  • Cut our carbon footprint by nearly half in the last seven years
  • Set up the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group to encourage businesses, communities, residents and public bodies in Devon to adopt measures to deliver carbon neutrality
  • Worked with schools and colleges on ways to cut carbon emissions
  • Helped communities across Devon to manage roadside verges as sanctuaries for pollinating insects, wildflowers and wildlife
  • Drawn up a Pollinator Action Plan to fight the decline of bees and butterflies and other pollinating insects. Friends of the Earth said we are ‘leading the way’
  • Committed to finding alternatives to single-use plastics across our operations
  • Joined the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback
  • Provided 1,800 free trees for landowners and communities are part of a tree-planting campaign with the Woodland Trust
  • Improved our record as one of the top recycling counties in the country
  • Campaigned for active travel to school to cut car use
  • Supported CoBikes to develop an electric bike hire scheme
  • Boosted the number of electric car charging points across the county
  • Worked with partners to install reed beds at Stover Country Park to filter water, protect biodiversity and attract wildlife
  • Installed solar panels to generate electricity at County Hall
  • Campaigned with businesses to cut food waste”

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