Up to 150 free online training places are being made available for community groups in Wales who’d like to protect and restore nature.
Nabod Natur – Nature Wise is a programme which teaches how the natural environment works, the threats it faces, and how we can all help nature to thrive.
The organisers, Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales, are especially keen to target people who aren’t currently doing environmental work – such as faith groups or those working in the arts or social projects.
During the free nature training, participants will learn:
- How ecosystems and species function, and the relationships between them
- About the essential role nature plays in providing us with services and materials
- How the natural world is changing and the threats it faces, what protections are in place, and how you can use these to influence decision-makers
- What you can do to protect and restore nature – either on your own or as part of a group
- How to motivate and inspire others to act
Upon successfully completing the course, participants will be awarded a certificate, and follow-up contact, tp help them maintain progress and share ideas to inspire others.
The courses will run online monthly from October 2021, with a total online time commitment of 5-6 hours.
Paol Stuart-Thomson from the mental health charity Springfield Mind took part in the Nature Wise scheme earlier this year.
He said: “Since doing the course, I’ve started buying used products instead of new, begun topping up my garden bird bath and added an electric motor to my bike so I can use the car less. The course empowers people to change and in today’s world, that is a marvellous result.”
The free places are available thanks to £50,000 funding from the Co-op Foundation.
If you are involved in a community group in Wales, you can sign up for Nature Wise at: cynnalcymru.com/naturewise-free
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