Our friends at West Country Citizen (previously known as West Country Bylines) are holding a fascinating and very timely Zoom discussion on the subject of ‘Democracy in Danger’ on Thursday 20th January at 20:00.

In line with our values of informed talk for action, we thoroughly recommend this opportunity to participate in what we are sure will be an exciting and highly engaging discussion on one of the biggest issues for 2022 – affecting how the Climate Crisis is approached and tackled in year two of the most important decade for generations.

Details are below and, as always, participation is free. Please follow the link for instructions to attend. You will not be able to sign up via Totnes Talks itself for this event, you will need to sign up using this link below:


Thu 20 Jan 2022 20:00 – 21:30 GMT

PANEL: Peter Jukes, founder of the truth-telling, mould-breaking investigative paper, Byline Times; Molly Scott Cato, former MEP for the SouthWest, green economist and democracy champion; and Naomi Smith, chief executive of the civil society campaign, Best for Britain.



Recordings of Previous Totnes Talks

TOTNES TALKS 5: Reflections on Outcomes of COP26

Chaired by Rob Hopkins

Dan Lunt : Professor of Climate Science at Bristol University,
lead co-author of 2021 IPCC report (Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change)
Tom Rivett-Carnac: political lobbyist for UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change, a key-mover for the 2015 Paris Climate Accord

  • In dialogue with:
    Alana Bloom: Co-Director of The Living Projects, Enrol Yourself Host & mentor, local activist, artist and facilitator
    Jacqi Hodgson: Devon County, District and Totnes Town Councillor, active initiator and enabler of climate emergency plans
    Chantelle Norton: Co-director Devon-based Food in Community – strengthening communities via surplus sustainably
    produced food
    Simon Oldridge: Zero Hour (campaign for CEE Bill), co-founder of Sustainable South Hams and Sustainable Staverton

COPnes 4: Sustainability in fishing: decarbonisation, quotas, fish stocks. Where does the truth lie?

  • Mat Mander: Chief Officer, Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
  • Anthony Mangnall MP for Totnes and South Devon (Conservative)
  • Geetie Singh-Watson – Ethical Entrepreneur
  • Mike Pulestone- Member, Marine Biological Association
  • Martyn Youell – Waterdance & the Western Fish Producers’ Org
  • Dr Peter Evans – School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University

COPnes26 – talk #3: The Environment Bill & what it means for us

  • Phil Baker: Strategic Planner with South Hams, West Devon and Plymouth Councils
  • Prof Tim Lenton- Director of the Global Systems Institute and Chair in Climate Change and Earth System Science at the University of Exeter
  • Alastair Mumford SWEP Regional Programme Manager – Devon
  • Simon Oldridge: Zero Hour
  • Dr Bridget Woodman – Deputy Director of the Energy Policy Group in the Centre for Geography and Environmental Sciences – University of Exeter

COPnes26 – talk #2: Democracy in a Climate Crisis: who’s really in control?

  • Anthony Allot: CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)
  • Tim Gee: Amnesty International
  • Peter Scott: South Hams Climate Action Network
  • Anthea Simmons- Editor in Chief, West Country Bylines

COPnes26 – talk #1: Levelling up in a climate crisis

  • Phil Baker: Strategic Planner with South Hams, West Devon and Plymouth Councils
  • Prof Peter Connor: national renewable energy policy and regulation, Exeter University
  • Simon Oldridge: Sustainable South Hams
  • Cllr Judy Pearce, Ward, Councillor for Salcombe and Thurlestone and Leader of SHD Council
  • Joanne Williamson: Historic Building Surveyor, Climate Change Adaptation, Historic EnglandFriday 5th Nov – 7pm: Democracy in a Climate Crisis: who’s really in control?