Wales Climate Week is here: Here’s how you can get involved

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Wales Climate Week will take place from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th November 2020.

Featuring a series of free, virtual and interactive events, the occasion will bring together national and global policy makers, campaigners, innovators – and anyone interested in tackling climate change.

Covering issues involving agriculture, young people, hospitals and schools – as well as fashion, businesses and mobility – the event will provide practical examples of what individuals and organisations can do themselves to help fight Wales’ climate emergency.

This is a sponsored post, in collaboration with Welsh Government.

Why is Wales Climate Week happening?

Wales Climate Week is recognised as another opportunity to foster Welsh Government’s ‘Team Wales’ approach to tackling climate change.

Whilst Wales is on track for the 2020 interim emission reduction target of 27%, the Welsh Government is keen to improve the trajectory of Wales’ response to the climate emergency so far. The intention is that next week’s conference will accelerate these aims, while acting as a stepping-stone towards the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and the new All Wales Low Carbon Delivery Plan, due to be published in November 2021.

How to get involved in Wales Climate Week

1. Register, for free: Register online and add the events you’re most interested in to your online calendar of choice so you don’t forget to tune in on the day: https://waterfront.eventscase.com/EN/walesclimateweek

2. Champion your Low Carbon Heroes: Welsh Government wants to celebrate ‘Low Carbon Heroes’ – those individuals and groups in Wales who have made a special effort in their home and working lives to contribute to a greener society. It doesn’t have to be complicated – it can be as simple as walking or cycling instead of using the car or shopping second-hand when it comes to clothing or furniture. Get involved by sharing how you and your friends / family are Low Carbon Heroes by using the hashtag #LowCarbonHeroes and in Welsh: #ArwyrCarbonIsel.

3. Make a Climate Emergency Pledge: The Welsh Government is also asking businesses across Wales to ‘make a pledge’ to commit to environmentally friendly practices that reduce carbon emissions. You can join the movement by signing up here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/RX0PO/

4. Get social: Use #WalesClimateWeek / #WythnosHinsawddCymru on Twitter and Instagram, and tag @WGEnviroAgri to join the conversation online.

My Programme Highlights

All events at Wales Climate Week are free to attend, but I’ve got my eye on Wednesday’s sessions in particular:

This discussion will explore the opportunities and challenges for Welsh agriculture as it decarbonises and contributes to sequestering more carbon, taking into account the targets and actions put forward by the Committee on Climate Change in their recent land management report. With speakers from the Welsh Independent Restaurant Collective, NFU Cymru, UK Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Food Trust and FUW.

Trees are crucial in the fight against climate change. This session will discuss how the National Forest can support us in our efforts to address the climate change emergency through having more well designed and managed, resilient woodlands across Wales in both urban and rural locations. It will also look at how connectivity between woodlands is important for connecting habitats, helping to build resilient ecological networks to enable nature to recover in Wales in a changing climate. With speakers from Welsh Government, Woodland Strategy Advisory Panel, Forest Research, Farming Connect and Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor).

To discuss the role of nature-based solutions in adapting to climate change. With speakers from Environment Platform Wales, Swansea University, Cardiff University and University of Oxford.

This session will explore how we balance the responsibility for tackling climate change across society and how we involve society, with views from NGOs and activists who are taking action in the field. With speakers from the Centre for Alternative Technology, Extinction Rebellion, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and Friends of the Earth Cymru.

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