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NEXT GREEN DRINKS: 7.30pm: Thursday 20th June

On the third Thursday of every month – 7.30pm for an hour or so

Meet informally to talk about environmental issues @ CAPS monthly ‘Green Drinks’ event!

Upstairs room, Anchor Inn, Old Fore St, Sidmouth EX10 8LS

Just meet at the bar! AND please buy a drink!

[with thanks to Portsmouth Green Drinks (UK) (@GreenDrinksPort)]


Get in touch for more information by contacting us here.


CAPS – Upcoming talk with farmers and landowners 6th June

Climate Awareness Partnership Sidmouth (CAPS) will be hosting a talk called Farming the Land in Devon: Looking to the Future on Thursday, 6th June in the Cellar Bar at Kennaway House, from 3pm. The talk has attracted two farmers and one landowner from Devon to talk on the challenges, barriers and opportunities they are facing with climate change.

According to Chris Lockyear from Sidmouth Town Council, “The aim of CAPS is to engage the community around climate change in order to ensure people are aware of what they can do personally to reduce their own carbon footprint. By encouraging everyone to do something, we can collectively reduce Sidmouth’s carbon footprint.”

The panel of speakers will include Katherine Gray, from the Sid Valley, who willexplain the importance of meadowland for wild species, its role in carbon absorption and the dangers from not preserving it through the loss of pollinators, especially bees. She will highlight the importance of cattle-grazed landscapes to provide habitats for wildflowers and their pollinators.

Henry Gent, from just outside Exeter, will reflect on his understanding of the current calculations of greenhouse gas emissions caused by farming. This will include how land use and input emissions are translated into the produce that we can consume, including food and drink, and how we can reduce emissions by changes in consumption, including diet. He will cover personal choices and public policies, including subsidies, emission taxation, and carbon pricing.

Finally Haydn Dawkins, from north Devon will concentrate on his consultant work with farmers interested in becoming more sustainable, building resilience and combatting climate-change impacts and greenhouse gas emissions in all aspects of their work. His aim is to encourage regeneration and climate change resilience with the sustainable use of natural resources and technology, initiating quick and effective changes in business strategies, methods and standards to achieve this.

After the talks a half hour is scheduled for questions and answers.

Here’s the press release:

Climate Awareness Partnership Sidmouth (CAPS) is a local group that engages with the residents of the Sid Valley on their carbon footprint to help them make informed choices in order to reduce it. Many people are very pleased to be able to find ways that they can contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

At the end of February CAPS hosted A Plant-Based Future: How and Why?, a talk which got a well-attended audience thinking and talking about how the food we eat contributes to climate change. Reflecting a wider trend in the country, people reported in their chat afterwards that they are eating less meat nowadays.

More and more countries are realising that they need to reform their food systems in order to lower their greenhouse gas emission commitments to meet net zero by 2050 – as well as enhance the biodiversity of the land they are responsible for. Therefore the topics of diet and land use have never been more relevant. To expand on the theme another talk will be hosted by CAPS on Thursday, 6th June, called Farming the Land in Devon: Looking to the Future.

This will highlight the challenges and barriers that farmers are facing in Devon as the climate changes. A panel of landowners and farmers will reflect on their personal experiences and history in the industry and explain how they are adapting now, along with what possibilities they see for the future.

The panel will include Katherine Gray from the Sid Valley, Henry Gent from outside Exeter and Haydn Dawkins from North Devon. There will be a good amount of time allocated for Q & A at then end. The talk will take place at 3pm in the Cellar Bar of Kennaway House. The event is open to all; there is a fee of £2-50 which also covers a drink and biscuit.

For more information contact CAPS at

CAPS to host Sid Valley talk on future of Devon farming | Sidmouth Herald