Year of Green Action 2019

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On 31 January 2019, Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, launched the ‘Year of Green Action’. This is a year-long drive to get us all involved in projects which help us to connect with, protect and enhance our natural world – be that in our  gardens, schools, parks, farms, workplaces, as volunteers, workers, or consumers. Have a look at DEFRA’s Year of Green Action Toolkit for more inspiration.

How can you get involved?

Connect

Improving our understanding of the state of the environment, the benefits a healthy environment can bring, and the effect of our actions on the natural world.

Individuals

  • View over a field of hay bales to the seaTake part in citizen science projects to measure local wildlife populations
  • Explore Devon’s local greenspaces and coastal environments
  • Spend more time experiencing and learning about Devon’s natural environment
  • Learn to identify non-native species and report sightings

Organisations / Businesses

  • Support youth action
  • Increase greenery in workplaces
  • Take steps to inform your workforce of the value nature provides, including mental health

Protect

Help us to reduce our impact on the environment through greener decision-making.

Individuals

Organisations / Businesses

  • Examine your supply chain to reduce environmental impact
  • Minimise the use of pesticides
  • Increase the number of electric fleet vehicles
  • Install water refill points

Enhance

Inspiring us to actively improve our local environment.

Individuals

Organisations / Businesses

  • Support green infrastructure by installing green walls and roofs
  • Encourage corporate volunteering days or funding of community environmental projects

Devon’s Year of Green Action – Collaborative Themes

Natural Devon partners are collaborating around a monthly theme – see below.  We will be promoting ideas, events, facts and activities all of which are aimed at helping us to help nature – in particular to develop a healthy Nature Recovery Network (NRN) across the county. Information and links below will be developed through the year and promoted largely by social media.  Do get in touch if you have any ideas.  Share what you are doing on social media using #iwill4nature #yearofgreenaction and copying in @Devon_LNP for retweets.

February – Marine

5th Feb Devon Maritime Forum Conference

March – Outdoor Learning

8th March Devon Outdoor Learning Conference

April – Recycle Devon  

22nd – World Earth Day
6th to the  21st – Discover National Parks Fortnight

May – Naturally Healthy & Invasives

16-18th –  County Show
23rd – National Outdoor Learning Day – can we get all Devon schools involved?
16-22 – Mental Health Week
15 – 21 – Dementia Awareness Week
13 – 17  – National Invasives Week

June – Farming and Forestry

5th –  World Environment Day
9th –  Open Farm Sunday
19-21 – Royal Forestry Society Conference, Dartington
30 Days Wild

July – Get Devon Buzzing

Devon Communities Conference – Nature Recovery – date to be agreed
East Devon Heathweek

September – Landscapes

AONB Outstanding Week

October – Development

November – Priority Habitats