As members of Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and with sustainbility as a core value, we inspire actions to reduce emissions and protect the climate.
But why is it important to prevent climate change?
Although the global temperature has always changed over time, now there is the highest amount of CO2 in the atmosphere ever. As scientific surveys show, this trend is caused by humans and the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will likely continue to rise.
The impact of this is a change in the seasons, warmer oceans and more frequent extreme events like droughts and flooding. Check out the NASA homepage for more information.
The Wales We Want survey showed the Welsh are concerned about the impacts of climate change. In response to these concerns, the Welsh Assembly passed 2015 the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 which made Wales one of the first nations with a constitutional duty to sustainable development. The Assembly recognized the important of sustainable living now to make sure future generations can also live well.
Environment (Wales) Bill
At the beginning of March 2016, the Welsh Assembly passed the Environment (Wales) Bill that paves the way for more sustainable management of our natural resources.
The purpose of the bill (video) is to identify different natural resources and their potential in Wales. There will also be climate change targets to reduce CO2 emissions and to protect biodiversity in Wales. A main focus is on improving waste management and energy recovery. The Welsh Government is also enabled to make changes regarding the charge on plastic bags. Read more here.
The bill is expected to be passed into law from 2017.
COP 21 – What happened?
Size of Wales together with WCIA and Fair Trade Wales represented Wales at the last year’s COP (Conference of the Parties) talks in Paris. The aim of the conference was to prevent uncontrolled global warming. For the first time, all the nations agreed to a maximal global warming mark of 2 C. However, every nation decides on its own how to cut its CO2 emissions. For more information about the agreement visit the Climate Change Commission for Wales page or the BBC.
How can you make a difference?
Every person can live more sustainably, for example by recycling or buying locally. So find out how you can make a difference.
WCIA contribute by debating the current situation and raising awareness.
Here are some of our recent events: