Events supporting Paris Climate Summit

This is an archive post from 2015. See the Climate Matters section for our current activities to encourage interest in action on climate change.

A number of events and activities are listed below, or download a summary here.

Tavistock – Bedford Square – Climate Vision – 19th Nov. 12.30 pm (approx)

Four climate activists from Cornwall and Devon are cycling to Paris to deliver the Climate Vision report to delegates to the COP21 United Nations Climate Talks at the beginning of December.

Members of the West Devon Green Party and others will be gathering in Tavistock , Bedford Square at about  12:30 to meet them. Why not come down to wish them well … and you can also accompany them to Plymouth by bike along the N27 route.
More details: Martin Cusack Coordinator West Devon Green Party –

Tavy2Paris tree decorations and messages on labels – now until 24th November

See more about Tavy2Paris river ceremony below.
For Tavy2Paris tree in the Christmas Tree Festival (St Eustachius’ Church, 27th Nov to 6th Dec).

Inspired to create a tree ornament which evokes any of Tavistock / Rivers / Paris / climate change? Yes? Then please drop it into Here and Far (Tavistock’s fair trade craft shop, 2 Market St – next to Bookstop), by 24th November (and collect again after 7th Dec). Max size 3 inches / 8 cm.

Also on tree will be messages on luggage labels, with thoughts on why climate change matters. TACT hope to get enough of these to use on 28th Nov (see below) in a symbolic action of sending a message to world leaders.
So – could you find or make a tie on luggage label and put your message on it? (No need to give full name.) Drop it in either to Here and Far, or to Tavistock Methodist Church (external letter box in envelope marked Tavy2Paris) – again by 24th Nov.

Tavistock – Tavy2Paris – 28th November – 12.00pm

Organised by: Tavistock Area Christians Together.
People of all faiths or none to meet near Abbey Bridge Tavistock. In a brief ceremony (15mins), we’ll line the River Tavy on both banks. See website for safety guidance.
Kit Harbottle

This event is arranged by Tavistock churches as a chance for the whole community to show that climate change matters to Tavistock. Readers of this newsletter need no convincing of that – so please take 15 minutes out of the seasonal rush to show it. The idea is to stand in line (single file) on the riverside path each side of the Tavy, going downstream (ie west) from Abbey Bridge, to create a photo moment that can be shared via social media. The central feature will be a banner held from the historic bridge. Other elements still being developed, but it will be peaceful and non-political. The aim is to show a wide base of community support for tackling climate change, rather than to promote particular solutions. (So no model windmill this time – in fact no extra props, banners or campaign materials at all – just yourselves warmly and if possible colourfully dressed.) Obvious warning: keep safety in mind as the paths, though wide and mainly flat, are beside a fast river and may be slippery. Parents are responsible for children. No dogs except guide dogs.

More details are on
Please share widely with hashtag Tavy2Paris. If you could help on the day (eg stewarding, handing out the welcome leaflet), or help on the team sewing the banner, get in touch with Kit Harbottle (****)

Dartmoor – Crocken Tor. Shared Planet Parliament – 29th Nov 3.30pm

Organised by: Emily Fawcett.

Please note that severe weather is forecast. However it’s planned to at the every least escort the polar bear from Two Bridges up to the Tor … and then warm up again in The Two Bridges and share tales …

Walk, cycle or ride a horse to the ancient site of the Stannary Parliament in the centre of Dartmoor. Gather for a celebration of Hope at Crockern Tor at 3.30pm. Buses will be provided (if there is demand) for the return journey leaving from the Two Bridges Hotel at about 7pm (please let us know if you’d like a lift). Parking of cars, bike and horses is extremely limited, please make arrangements beforehand. There is a 200m footpath up to the Tor from the road.
More details: and check out the poster here.

Climate March in London – 29th November (Sunday) with coach travel from Plymouth

Organised by: Plymouth Energy Community and Plymouth TUC.
Depart Plymouth Park and Ride 6.30am return 10pm.
Depart Exeter services 7.30am return 9pm. Tickets £25.
More details and booking: Jemma Knowles on: (01752 304528)

Plymouth – ‘A Vigil for our Earth’ 30th November. 3 to 7pm.

A vigil to coincide with the start of the Paris talks.  It will be open to everyone.  It will be a quiet time with music, some readings and a chance to light a candle if anyone wishes.
Organised by: Green Team of Plymouth Unitarian Church.
People will be welcome to drop in at any time and to stay for as long as they like.Church is in Notte Street. PL1 2HG
More details: 
Ann Kader and Marianne Beale of the Green Team, Plymouth Unitarian Church.

Tavistock Climate Change Group – Tavistock – Parish Centre – 4th December  7 – 9pm.

Climate Change open event to hear about climate change, identify what it means for West Devon and share your views. All are welcome.
This event is being supported by Transition Tavistock and Tamar Energy Community
Organiser and more details: Andrew Baldrey:; Chris George :

Exeter – solidarity pilgrimage Devon Churches – Saturday 5th December – 10:00

A local solidarity pilgrimage from Exeter to Dawlish beginning at South Street Baptist church at 10:00 People of goodwill – of any faith or none – are welcome to join in on foot [or bicycle] at any point, with a proposed return to the city by train mid-afternoon.
More details: – 01392-294940

Demo in Paris on 12th Dec. … 11th to 13th December incl. travel

Organised by: Transition Plymouth
Travel will be from Plymouth to St Pancras International by coach, then  Eurostar direct to Paris. There’ll be dormitory style sleeping arrangements  the total you’ll pay for return travel and two nights accommodation is £140.
More details: Tony Staunton on: 07858 489264