Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower peninsular of South Wales. Attribution: Jamie O'Shaughnessy, September 2003.
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Climate emergency organization Welsh government
Climate emergency declaration April 2019

Wales (Welsh: Cymru [ˈkəm.rɨ] (listen)) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

see List of climate assemblies#Wales

Help Wales reduce its Carbon Footprint - Renew Wales, community-based action on climate change in Wales

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

Keep Wales Tidy is a Welsh national voluntary environmental charity which works towards achieving "a clean, safe and tidy Wales". It works in partnership with Local Authorities, schools and community groups, and organisations such as Waste Awareness Wales and Environment Wales in order to achieve these goals.

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Wales has three national parks: Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast. It has five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Anglesey, the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, the Gower Peninsula, the Llŷn Peninsula, and the Wye Valley.[1]

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Size of Wales is a climate change charity with the aim of conserving an area of tropical rainforest twice the size of Wales. The project currently supports 7 forest protection projects and 1 tree planting project across Africa and South America. The charity focuses upon furthering the promotion of rainforest conservation as a national response to the global issue of climate change.

Size of Wales aims to raise awareness about climate change and the importance of protecting the natural world through their Education Programme, visiting schools across Wales and delivering interactive and educational workshops and special events. Additionally, Size of Wales hosts a number of campaigns to raise awareness about the cause and effects of climate change and equally raise funds for their forest projects. Flagship campaign, Go Green Day encourages businesses, schools and other groups or individuals to take green action - from wearing a green wig to pledging changes in behavior for the sake of our environment.

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

The People's Platform Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Co-production Wales - Participation Cymru - Wales Co-production group

Coasts[edit | edit source]

The Gower Peninsula was the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in 1956. As of 2019, the coastline of Wales had 40 Blue Flag beaches, three Blue Flag marinas and one Blue Flag boat operator.[2]

Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]

Timebanking Wales

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Energy Local, Ashden Award Winner 2018, ashden.org

Anafon Hydro Scheme - Carmarthenshire Energy, "social enterprise, working with communities to reduce energy costs, tackle fuel poverty, generate clean renewable energy, and keep the profits local." - Corwen Electricity Co-operative - Gower Regeneration - Gwent Energy CIC - Llanidloes Energy Solutions Ltd - Ynni Ogwen

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

see separate article: Centre for Alternative Technology

Food activism[edit | edit source]

more video:

  • Torth y Tir - Loaf of the Land on vimeo
  • Bangor Forest Garden on youtube

Bangor Forest Garden - Edible Mach Maethlon - Community allotment at Tredegar House, Newport on facebook -Food Manifesto, creating a better food system for Wales - Green Valley Centre located at the Gateway to Cynon Valley, near Abercynon - Cultivate, social enterprise linking food and community - Green Isle Growers - Incredible Edible Wrecsam - Llangollen Food Assembly on facebook - Mid Wales Permaculture Network - Old Lands Community Supported Agriculture scheme, Monmouthshire - Siop Pwllglas, Ruthin, Denbighshire - The Transition Cafe – Fishguard

Resources

Short food supply chains and supporting local businesses, Wales: a sustainable food nation

Planning for small scale agriculture in Wales, wcva.org.uk

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

E-inclusion Recycling - Recycle for Wales

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

Wales Co-operative Centre

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]

Planning Aid Wales, W

Resources[edit | edit source]

see separate article: Resources Wales

News and comment[edit | edit source]

See separate article: Wales news

Events[edit | edit source]

2015

Ocotber 17 "Powys REconomics. (REthink! RElocalise! DEcarbonise!)" Eventbrite

2014

May 10 - 18 Clean Coasts Week, Keep Wales Tidy

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

CALM Campaign Against the Levels Motorway, on facebook - Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, charity in Wales that aims to secure the protection and enhancement of the country's landscapes and environment

Near you[edit | edit source]

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Cardiff - Swansea

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