In 2019, Wales recognised and declared a climate emergency.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW), along with the five other Welsh Wildlife Trusts, are excited to announce a new series of youth-led initiatives across Wales (from Anglesey to Newport) focusing on climate change action.
In 2019, Wales recognised and declared a climate emergency. The Welsh Government have already adopted progressive legislation to protect the health and well-being of its citizens and environment (the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015). Yet there is still a need across Wales to support and empower young people in order to help them prepare for, and mitigate against, the impacts of climate change.
Almost three in five young people are worried about the impact that climate change will have on their lives; whilst more than two in five don’t trust adults to tackle the challenges that climate change presents (BBC/Savanta-ComRes).
Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Climate Action Fund, the Climate Change Cymru project aims to empower young people (aged 9 -24) in Wales to influence their communities and realise that they themselves can drive change that will reduce climate change impacts and benefit their local environment.
We will be running the project at our WTSWW Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre in Ceredigion, where there will be an emphasis on the impact of climate change to our coastal habitats and marine wildlife. In South Wales, we will be working with Gwent Wildlife Trust to deliver the project to young people living in Cardiff and Newport, cities which are predicted to be impacted by sea level rise in the next few decades. Gwent Wildlife Trust will also run the project in the Blaenau Gwent area.
Through the project there will be opportunities for young people to: learn about climate change and nature-based solutions, be involved in practical projects, gain experience of the environment sector and more. A youth forum will be established in each project area across Wales, to give a youth voice to the direction of the project and the actions we take forward. Each forum will meet up annually to share their ideas and successes from the project.
We’d like to say a big thank you to the National Lottery players for funding this work.
If you want to know more about the project and how to get involved, please get in touch:
Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre: Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cardiff area: Contact Meg at email@example.com
Newport area: Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org and Petra email@example.com
Blaenau Gwent area: Contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org