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17 March 2009

Climate Change:I can change the future

National Park Authority’s Climate Change exhibition visits Exeter

Dartmoor National Park Authority’s acclaimed exhibition Climate Change: I can change the future continues its tour of the south west, visiting Exeter Central Library from Tuesday 17 March 2009. The exhibition was launched in July 2007 at Dartmoor National Park Authority’s High Moorland Visitor Centre in Princetown and was on display there until October 2007 with over 54,000 people visiting the venue during this time.

The exhibition forms part of The Big Switch Off (14-28 March), a campaign organised by Exeter City Council and partners to raise awareness of switching off unnecessary lights and appliances to save energy and money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The exhibition provides detailed information on the issues and potential impacts of climate change, globally, nationally, in the south west of England and on Dartmoor, and also enables children to learn about the issues through play.  While adults take time to absorb the information, children can log on to Dartmoor National Park Authority’s great new interactive game - Change Your World – and have fun while learning about climate change and how to do something positive to change the future.   A Change Your World Activity Fun booklet and a large Change Your World wooden jigsaw have been developed by the National Park Authority for younger children and are also be part of the exhibition.

Visit Climate Change: I can change the future at Exeter Central Library until Thursday 19 March 2009 and help change your world.

For public transport information telephone traveline on 0871 200 22 33 .If you have access to the internet why not visit the exhibition online at www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk

The exhibition is supported by grant funding from Defra’s Climate Challenge Fund.  

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For Further Information

Mike Nendick, Communications Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority

Tel: (01626) 832093

Kathryn Lamble, Environmental Co-ordinator, Exeter City Council, Tel: (01392) 265669 or Jean Graham, Media Support Officer, Tel: (01392) 265571. For information about the Big Switch Off (14-28 March) see www.exeter.gov.uk/bigswitchoff (external link, opens new window).

Notes for Editors

Dartmoor National Park Authority has made climate change a corporate priority and actions by the Authority through partnership working and raising public awareness are identified in the Authority’s Corporate Plan 2007-2010.

The Dartmoor National Park Managaement Plan 2007-2012 identifies key principles which have been developed as a set of guiding ideals to which all relevant partners and stakeholders can sign up.  The plan states that: ‘All decisions that affect Dartmoor will consider the implications of climate change -  seeking to minimise the output of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases and make every effort to mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change in ways that conserve and enhance Dartmoor’s special qualities.’

View the Management Plan at www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk.

Exhibition sustainability

Exhibition materials were sourced, wherever possible, with the following sustainable attributes:

• durable, re-usable, refillable or recyclable;

• containing re-used or recycled materials;

• energy and resource efficient;

• using minimum packaging;

• non (or minimal) polluting;

• locally produced or sourced;

• free from ozone depleting substances, solvents, volatile organic compounds

and other health and environmentally damaging substances;

• traceable through legal and sustainable sources e.g. FSC (Forest

Stewardship Council) accredited or equivalent;

• sustainable production, distribution, usage and disposal qualities.

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