The purpose of the Great Big Green Week Event is to celebrate and promote climate action, inform the Dawlish Community about climate initiatives and the ways in which they, themselves, can make a difference to avert Climate catastrophe.
You can view and download the Great Big Green Week Program of Events here
Events are being organised and led by a host of different organisations and include: Cllr. Alison Foden (Fix Fest), Dawlish Against Plastic (Litter pick and beach clean), Cliff Curd (Veg. Gardening), St. Mary's Church (Harvest Trail), Walking for Health, Dawlish Fair Trade Friends (Afternoon Tea and concert), Ian Shields (Apple Pressing), Shaftesbury Theatre (Film), Dawlish and Teignmouth Camera Club (Photographic Competition), Sustainable Dawlish ( The Great Big Green Dawlish Lawn Event )(Climate Change Talk) (Foraging Walk), Teignbridge Rangers (Wildlife Walks), and South West Rail Resilience ( Railway line protection Information Hub).
In addition, Dawlish Cafes and Restaurants will be featuring plant based options on their menus during The Dawlish Great Big Green Week.
Anyone else, like me, still using their "Dawlish Is Fantastic Don't Litter It With Plastic" reusable shopping bag?
Article from the Dawlish Gazette 10 years ago
"Reusable Bags Could Be Here By The Summer
Friday, 6 May 2011 -
THE campaign to introduce Dawlish’s own reusable bag is gathering momentum and hopes are high that they will be available in the town’s shops by the summer.
Teignbridge Council’s recycling officer Ben Bryant updated traders on progress and said £1,000 had already been pledged towards the project. Residents have already voted for two designs to be printed on the cotton bags, one a picture of the town’s emblem the black swan and a slogan which says ’Dawlish is fantastic...don’t litter it with plastic’.
The winning designs were created by eight-year-old Ebby Walsh, of Cockwood Primary School, and Shannon Melmoth, 14, a student at Dawlish Community College.
Speaking at the chamber of trade’s latest meeting held at the Brunswick Arms, Mr Bryant explained that there were several styles of bag which cost 80p for the most basic, up to £1.35 each although the cost would be reduced if greater numbers were printed.
Initially, 2,500 will be made for distribution throughout the town’s shops.
The completed bags are expected to be ready and on sale by the end of July or beginning of August.
Mr Bryant told the meeting: ’It is important that this bag is something special and a must have item.
’Dawlish is particularly important for the reduction of plastic bags with its proximity to the marine environment.
’Any plastic waste here can end up in the sea.
’This is a partnership between lots of different organisations in Dawlish and is a great success.’
Dawlish Fairtrade movement has already pledged money towards the production of the bags but the total cost is £2,500.
Once produced, each shop will be given a token amount to distribute with the potential for individual traders to order more to sell or give away to customers."
This is from the 2018 Visit South Devon website. Thought I'd post it on here given as it refers so much to how to get around and about without needing a car.
A message from primary school children in Dawlish - SAVE OUR PLANET
Here are some of their suggestions:
If you have a garden, dry your washing there and not in a tumble dryer
If you have a garden, make it wildlife friendly
If you can, grow your own fruit and veg
If possible, stop using single use plastic
Shop locally with reuseable shopping bags
Pass on things you no longer need - don't send to landfil
Use less pollutive cleaning materials
Turn off your car engine if stopped in a traffic jam
Don't keep electrical goods on standby
For more info on what our children think click on this link https://dawlish.nub.news/n/video-dawlish-primary-school-children-give-adults-tips-on-how-to-save-the-planet
“55% of households put items in the general rubbish bin that can be recycled; including food waste, foil, aerosols, and plastic toiletry and cleaning product bottles and trays. This is where we can all ‘Step It Up’ and help fight climate change by recycling.
Recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.
Let’s all start by ensuring that no food waste goes into our black wheelie bins but instead is put into the blue caddies provided, so that it can be processed into electricity, heat and bio-fertiliser. In addition, clothing is one of the largest costs to our environment – it takes 3,780 litres of water just to make one pair of jeans so please pop those unwanted clean and wearable clothes in a bag and put them in a carrier bag - not a bin bag - next to your recycling boxes or take them to a recycling bank.
Top tips for recycling in Teignbridge: