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Take Part in Imagining a Future Net-Zero Devon!

Welcome to Net-Zero Visions for the Devon Climate Emergency! We’re glad you found your way here, and look
forward to you taking part in a grand collective effort to visualise how the places in which we live might be transformed.

It’s 2050 – Devon is net-zero – a lot has changed … What does this look like where you live?

Net-Zero Visions is part of Devon Climate Emergency and its mission to create a resilient, net-zero Devon where people and nature thrive. It is rooted in the idea that we cannot achieve change unless we also try to imagine it; and that imagining it can raise a wider awareness of what is at stake and encourage action.

Acclaimed professionals in animation, illustration, interactive games, and public murals are currently working with communities to produce positive ‘Visions’ of locations across Devon as carbon net-zero in 2050. However, this imaginative effort is also open to everyone.

What might the place you live in look like in this better future? More to the point, what would you want it to look like? The Devon Carbon Plan and the Devon Climate Emergency website are full of resources which show what might be achieved and how. This is a chance to learn about what is possible, as well as let your wildest imaginations off the leash.

If you have a ‘Vision’ for net-zero where you live, please send it on to us. It can take the form of a piece of art, a story, a video, or even a podcast. Submissions are welcome from individuals or groups. Visions will be hosted on the website and maybe even included in the project book. They will also be plotted on an interactive map, to build up a mosaic of imaginings of a future net-zero Devon.

Together we can start to tell a different story about our collective future, raise a wider awareness of what we must do and what is possible, and show what we value most about the places we live in.

Your Visons will be featured in the gallery and on the map so we can build a mosaic of Visions for Devon. Many Visions will also appear in the Net Zero Book, publication November 2022.

To submit your Visions please click either ‘under 18s ‘or ‘18 and over’ below:

Finally, it is hoped that individuals and groups will take and adapt the ‘Net-Zero Visions’ idea to their own projects and purposes, in ways unforeseen by the project originators! Please get in touch with the project organisers if you have an idea for how the Net Zero Visions idea might be of use to you and those around you.

Dr Kate Crawfurd painting a Net Zero Vision mural
Artist, Dr. Kate Crawfurd working on a Net Zero Vision on the Sustainability Hub, University of Plymouth. This winning mural design (June 2022) was created by Eleanor Croker BA (Hons) Illustration graduate.)
A vision of a net-zero Tiverton, with clean rivers, tree planting, electric cars and plastic free shops
What might a net zero Tiverton look like?”  
Emily Packham (aged 14)
An illustration of the outside of the eco hub
Call of Nature: A Community Eco-hub for Exmouth
Rosie Johnson Illustrates with TransitionExmouth.org – Artist’s Open Call Winner

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A Net Zero Visions mural of people thinking about what a net-zero world would look like
Net Zero Tiverton – mural designed by Kate Crawfurd.

Net-Zero Visions brings together communities across Devon with the creative industries and transition experts to produce positive ‘Visions’ of six locations as carbon net-zero in 2050. These locations will have their Vision realised by acclaimed professionals in different media, including animation, illustration, interactive games, and public murals.

Community delegates will be asked to feed perspectives from their organisation and community into the creative process. The aim is for these compelling, original Visions to raise awareness of the Devon Carbon Plan and engage people in the process and possibilities of change.


All residents of Devon are also invited to submit their own net-zero visions of their town, village or locale to be showcased in the project gallery.

At the end of the project, a book will be produced as a resource for communities across the country who want to become net zero, featuring climate scientists, sustainability experts and the Devon Visions. A free copy will be distributed to public libraries across Devon.

Finally, it is hoped that individuals and groups will take and adapt the ‘Net-Zero Visions’ idea to their own projects and purposes, in ways unforeseen by the project originators! Please get in touch with the project organisers if you have an idea for how the Net Zero Visions idea might be of use to you and those around you.

Dr David Sergeant: david.sergeant@plymouth.ac.uk

Net Zero Visions is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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