2024 Learning Journey for Local Climate Adaptation

Finding pathways to action for citizens and policymakers

As the climate changes, how can communities join together in adapting and becoming more resilient? Alongside crucial efforts to mitigate climate change, now is the time to consider how all of us can actively work towards local climate adaptation. This is in the practical work of flood preparation, food growing or nature restoration, but also in developing our vision of community and of ourselves as citizens. You can read more views about this in our blog. We are starting our look at place-based climate adaptation through five key themes: Water, Food, Human Health, Natural Environment and Energy & Technology. 

Learning Journey June 3rd-7th, 2024

The BLC Learning Journey bus is back on the road and we invite you to join us! We will be out June 3rd-7th listening to communities across South Devon and hosting conversations around local adaptation. We’re excited to hear from places where citizens are taking the initiative and to see policymakers thinking at a systems level. How can we be brave in the face of uncertainty and remove blocks to doing things differently? Each day we’ll visit a different location to find out!

Seats on the bus are going fast… please fill out this form to indicate your availability, or email bridie.kennerley@bioregion.org.uk. Anyone who lives in South Devon is welcome to apply for one or more days – there are also a few spaces available for interested people from outside of the region.

Monday 3 June: A focus on food and farming: we will visit Porsham Farm outside Plymouth and enjoy discussions over lunch before heading to the Apricot Centre at Huxham’s Cross, where the team are teaching and demonstrating climate adaptation in the food and farming sector. We will also have a look at a community rainwater harvesting project.

Tuesday 4 June: We will learn more about natural flood management on a walk looking at the Dartmoor Headwaters Project, and learn more about the impact of past flooding on the town. We will then head down river for Dartmouth where the Harbourmaster will talk to us about rising sea levels, coastal flooding, the impact of extreme weather on shipping and how the local community is responding.

Wednesday 5 June: Soil and water regeneration at The Flete Field Lab and innovation and adaptation at the Flete Estate, looking at joined-up actions for a shift to regenerative agriculture. After a pub lunch we travel to the Yealm to visit the electric ferry and learn from the community-led pot hole repair team. We will also hear about the whole catchment Estuary to Moor project and local clean energy generation.

Thursday 6 June: How the community is addressing human health and climate adaptation in terms of energy generation, social care and organisational collaboration in South Brent, followed by a visit to the Avon Valley Project around Woodleigh with Devon Wildlife Trust and the Woodland Trust to learn about the impact of climate change on biodiversity and eco-systems, and how adaptation strategies for the natural world are being implemented.

Friday 7 June: A morning in Kingsbridge with Kingsbridge Climate Action and Kingsbridge councillors who have experience of coastal flooding and how to cope with it, have written their climate emergency response plan and have a volunteer team looking after vulnerable people in the community. In the afternoon, we will close the week with a visit to Riverford to learn about food and farming under a changing climate.

Once you have submitted this form we will follow up with a detailed programme and a booking link to confirm your place. There is a fee of £15 per day to cover lunch and transport from and to Totnes (if needed), and bursaries are available if the fee proves a barrier. The hours will be 9am to roughly 6pm. Make the ways you spend your summer really count!

Exhibition Autumn, 2024

Our Learning Journey will create lots of information, data and stories. Would you like to bring this learning to a venue in your community? We’ll be experimenting with participatory arts, film making and installation art to bring these stories of local adaptation to life. This “exhibition” will be supported by online storytelling through our blog and in collaboration with Sustainable South Hams.

This BLC project is funded by South Hams District Council alongside their work to support local organisations focused on resilience in the face of climate change and in collaboration with Sustainable South Hams.

Concept of a “listening bus” and graphics inspired by the vintage Sonicon Bus and packaging from Masudaya/Modern Toys–a 1960’s tin bus that changes direction in response to a whistle. Discovered in Ogwell Antiques & Vintage Toys, Newton Abbot.

We work in and at the intersection of economy, ecology, learning, arts and culture and the gaps in between.