WHO WE ARE
Ashburton Climate Emergency (ACE) is a grassroots community group, sanctioned and supported by the Town Council. It was set up in spring 2019. It aims to be a information hub to help build resilience and help move Ashburton towards becoming a net-zero carbon town by 2025 through participative partnership action.
Our vision is to
Reduce Green House Gas emissions
Build resilience to climate change
Encourage biodiversity and the sustainable use and management of land
Build community increasing connection and reducing isolation
Encourage healthy and sustainable lifestyles for travel, eating, waste, purchasing, recycling, growing and energy
We aim to highlight and help initiate the local community in practical individual and community actions that connect us to each other and the land, create community, combat social isolation, teach new skills and encourage healthy and sustainable lifestyles. After all, everybody has an impact on the environment – through our food, travel, how we heat our homes etc - and has an interest in the quality of life of future generations. ACE has aspired to cement closer relationships and partnerships with local schools, businesses, charities and similar enterprises in Ashburton and neighbouring towns and villages, as well as with District and County Councils and Dartmoor National Park Authority.
Most of this activity went to ground in March 2020 in response to Covid-19 when a new aspect of Ashburton's resilience emerged as some 300 resident volunteers turned their attention to supporting those in need during lockdown.
Post lock down four projects have thrived - the Community Fridge, the Repair Cafe, tree planting and river testing. In addition some new projects notably Growing Space have established themselves and new groups and activities in adjoining towns and across of Teignbridge and Devon have been developed. See Useful Info page for further information.
The ACE activities and plans for Energy, Transport, Well Being and Wild Side have dwindled since lockdown. If you would like to get involved in rebooting these or other projects please get in contact.