Global Book Club, World at Lunch, Gown meets Town and Devon Globe Trotters.

Every Thursday lunchtime (when there is not an evening event) we share thoughts on what’s happening in the world ... often based on relevant magazine or newspaper articles.

While this is not possible physically we meeting virtually via Zoom - if you would like to join us please email for details.

Wednesday 02 Feb 2022, 18:00

Climate Emergency Talks 2nd Feb

Wednesday 2nd February 6pm to 7:30pm

First talk in the series Resilience in the Age of Climate Crisis

Cities Facing the Climate Crisis

What are the issues and how are cities responding?

Why cities are important in the climate crisis: Sue Errington, DDE
Urban heat islands and green spaces: Met Office Scientist
Exeter City Council’s Plans for Net-Zero Carbon: Diana Moore, Councillor for St David’s Ward and Co-leader of the Progressive Group

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This event is free, but donations are welcome!  The session will include suggested actions as well as positive stories. Supported by Devon County Council.

Wednesday 16 Feb 2022, 18:00

Climate Emergency Talks 16th Feb

Wednesday 16th February 6pm to 7:30pm

Second talk in the series Resilience in the Age of Climate Crisis

Climate Justice and Fairtrade

Climate Justice - Ruth Ogier, Head of International Programmes, War on Want
Fairtrade Growers in Northern Pakistan – Adam Brett, Director, Tropical Wholefoods
Fairtrade and Climate Finance - Adam Gardner, Acting Head of Campaigns, Fairtrade Foundation

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This event is free, but donations are welcome!  The session will include suggested actions as well as positive stories. Supported by Devon County Council

Tuesday 01 Mar 2022, 18:00

Climate Emergency Talks 1st March

Tuesday 1st March 6pm to 7:30pm

Third  talk in the series Resilience in the Age of Climate Crisis

COP15 and the UN Framework on Biodiversity

Biodiversity Framework - Steve Nash, Head of Campaigns and Programmes, Paignton Zoo
Water Quality Monitors - Simon Browning, West Country Rivers Trust
Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) - Audrey Compton, Local Farmer

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This event is free, but donations are welcome!  The session will include suggested actions as well as positive stories. Supported by Devon County Council.

Monday 20 Sep 2021, 18:00


Great Big Green Week Event - Monday 20th September 6pm to 9pm

This is the first in our series of five A FAIR COP: from Climate Crisis to Climate Justice events. As world leaders prepare to gather for crucial COP26 climate talks each session will be highlighting positive stories from around the world, inspiring us all to action.

The session will be in two parts ...

Engaging activities to help us understand the climate crisis:Fairtrade Garden Trail, Understanding the Jargon, Climate Quiz

Presentations with Q&A by local experts ...

Simon Giarchi, CAFOD SW Community Participation Coordinator, will talk about the charity’s work with communities in low-income countries

Caspar Hughes, Director of the Climate Media Coalition, campaigning for the global media be a core part of the solution to the climate crisis.

Professor Tim Lenton, Director of the Global Systems Institute based at Exeter University, will talk about Positive Tipping Points and how these can help propel us towards rapid decarbonisation.

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Monday 18 Oct 2021, 18:00

FAIR COP 18th October

Climate Change and Food Security - Monday 18th October 6pm to 8pm

This is the third in our series of A FAIR COP: from Climate Crisis to Climate Justice sessions in the lead up to COP26.

Marking World Food Day (16th October), how are disrupted weather patterns affecting food security?

We have three speakers looking at the issues in three different contexts ...

In Melanesia: Katie Drew (Chief Officer, Melanesian Mission)

In Mali: Caroline Hart(Coordinator, Joliba Trust) and Deborah Hutchinson (Chair, Joliba Trust)

In Devon: David Mezzetti (Exeter Growers Cooperative)

As usual there will also be activities, positive stories and suggestions for action

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Monday 04 Oct 2021, 18:00

Climate Change and Trade min

Climate Change and Trade - the impact on farmers in developing countries

Monday 4th October 6pm to 7:30pm

Our topics and speakers will be

Fashion: Joanna Pollard (BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK)

Coffee: Pauline Tiffen (SW Director B2B Coffee Initiative)

Corporate Courts: Jean Blaylock (Global Justice Now: Campaigns & Policy Manager on Trade)

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Monday 01 Nov 2021, 18:00

FAIR COP 1st November

Monday 1st November 6pm to 7:30pm

Youth Voices - Call for a Global Green Deal

Speakers: Tess Walsh (Fridays for Future) and Toby Grier (Youth Christian Climate Network)


Jean Blaylock from Global Justice Now will talk about Corporate Courts

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Monday 15 Nov 2021, 18:00

Fair COP 15th November

Monday 15th November 6pm to 7:30pm

This is the final session in our FAIR COP series. As COP26 ends, we will reflect on the outcomes. What has been achieved? Will words turn into actions?

Panel members include:

Molly Scott Cato, Professor of Green Economics and former Green Party MEP

Jeff Ridley, Climate Scientist, Met Office Hadley Centre

Adam Musgrave, Senior Campaigns Manager, Oxfam

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Thursday 24 Feb 2022, 18:00

FT Coffee and Climate Action 24 02 21

Thursday 24th February 6pm to 7:30pm

Fairtrade Fortnight Presentation

Fairtrade Coffee and Climate Action presentation by Alison Derrick, Fairtrade Devon

Alison will speak about the Twongerekawa Fairtrade Coffee Co-op, in Rwanda and the challenges to them of climate change.

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Come and join us with a cup of your favourite Fairtrade coffee.

Monday 28 Mar 2022, 18:00

GmT Gavin Shaddick FB

Monday 28th March 6pm to 7:30pm

Gown meets Town - Environmental Intelligence

Professor Gavin Shaddick will explain this new field of knowledge that exploits the explosion in Environmental data and the rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence to create solutions to some of the most important challenges facing society today.

Professor Shaddick is Chair of Data Science and Statistics at the University of Exeter and Co-Director of the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence, a joint research centre with the UK Met Office.

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Thursday 12 May 2022, 18:00

Focus on Health for web

Thursday 12th May 6pm to 7:30pm

This is the first in our series of sessions on Creative Ways to fight the Climate Crisis which will Focus on Health

We will have four speakers …

What are the links between climate and health? What has made the climate emergency into a health emergency?

Dr David Pencheon, University of Exeter Medical School, Founding Director of Health and Sustainable Development Unit.

Oliver Mawson, RD&E Hospital NHS Sustainability Engagement Officer.

Children’s biggest worry, according to a survey, is the need to protect our environment and climate. Is the perspective of children and young people seriously considered’?

Michila Critchley, Director of InterClimate Network.

Harriet Redington, DDE Climate Justice Intern

Come and join us online, to find out more, hear positive stories and feel part of a community inspired to take action.

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Wednesday 15 Jun 2022, 18:00

Youth VoicesWednesday 15th June 6pm to 7:30pm

Youth Voices from Around the World

This is the second is the series Creative Ways to fight the Climate Crisis and will be led by Harriet Redington, DDE’s University Climate Justice Intern

Further details soon

Devon Globe Trotters

Travelling in Tibet - Wednesday 21st April 2021 -

Belize: Then and Now - Tuesday 18th May 2021 -

Gown meets Town

Immigration Detention in the UK - Thursday 10th December 2020

Slavery and Revolution in Haiti - Tuesday 30th November 2021

World at Six Talks

Fridays for Futures - Green New Deal  - Thursday 22nd October 2020

Sustainable Beekeeping in Africa - Thursday 12th November 2020

The Impact of Period Poverty on Girls in Kenya - Thursday 26th November 2020  

My Polish Heritage - Wednesday 12th May 2021

An Introduction to Croatia - Thursday 27th May 2021

Girls' Education and the G7 - Thursday 10th June 2021

Reporting on Ethiopia - Thursday 17th June 2021

Oyana: a soap-making social enterprise - Wednesday 8th September 2021

Celebrating Windrush in Devon 2021

Bananas, St Vincent and Fairtrade : Exploring the Fairtrade Primary Schools Conferences - Tuesday 9th March 2021

Celebrating Fairtrade in the Caribbean - Thursday 4th March 2021

COVID, the NHS and its effects on the Windrush and BAME Community - Thursday 18th February 2021

Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago - Thursday 28th January 2021

Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks and my family’s involvement in UK Civil Rights - Thursday 21st January 2021 There is a 'gap' in this  video where copyright materilal has been removed.

Our Wndrush Stories - 23rd March 2021

Telling our Stories: Finding our Roots - Devon's Multicultural History

The Polish Navy in Okehampton - 23rd November 2020

In Conversation with ... stories from Bideford

Celebrating Black History Month in Devon: Start the Week Talks 2020

Telling Our Stories - Finding Our Roots:Devon’s Multi-Cultural History Monday 5th October 2020  

Celebrating Windrush in Devon:Our Windrush Stories Monday 12th October 2020

Is there still a place for Black History Month? Monday 19th October 2020  

Black Futures: A discussion about taking action and campaigning for change Monday 26th October 2020

These trecordings of the Zoom sessions are unedited