Day: June 4, 2019

Take the Go Green Day Challenge’ and pledge to cut your carbon footprint

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On Friday 21st June 2019, climate change charity Size of Wales will be running its flagship campaign: Go Green Day. This is a day for the people of Wales to come together with colleagues, neighbours, friends to have some fun, wear green and fundraise for Size of Wales’ tropical forest projects.

Whilst being as fun, empowering and proactive as ever, there’s never been a more vital time to take action for our planet and so this year Size will also be focusing on what planet-friendly changes individuals and organisations across Wales can make right now to reduce their carbon footprint.

So, will you step up to the ‘Go Green Day Challenge’ and pledge to cut your carbon footprint? By using this really easy carbon footprint calculator – footprint.wwf.org.uk/# – it’s really quick and simple to measure your footprint. It also helps you understand which parts of your lifestyle are most harmful and require action. Size will be sharing loads of helpful tips to reduce your carbon footprint throughout June!

Size want to see as many individuals and organisations as possible taking part and taking action. So please take the pledge, do some fundraising, spread the word and GO GREEN.

Size of Wales has two simple aims – to mitigate carbon emissions through tropical forest protection and restoration; and to raise awareness of the effects of climate change in Wales through a fantastic Education Programme and campaigns such as Go Green Day.

All donations throughout Go Green Day will be doubled! More information can be found here: www.sizeofwales.org.uk/gogreenday.

 

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Ar Ddydd Gwener 21ain Mehefin 2019, bydd yr elusen newid hinsawdd Maint Cymru’n rhedeg ei ymgyrch blaenorol, Y Diwrnod Gwyrdd. Diwrnod i ddod a phobl Cymru’n agos fel cydweithwyr, cymdogion, a ffrindiau i gael hwyl, gwisgo’n wyrdd ac i godi arian am brosiectau coedwigoedd trofannol Maint Cymru.

Wrth aros yr un mor hwylus, grymus a gweithredol ag erioed, does dim amser mor bwysig erioed ‘di bodoli i weithredu ar gyfer ein planed, felly eleni bydd Maint Cymru’n ffocysu ar y newidiadau amgylcheddol gall pobl a mudiadau ar draws Cymru gwneud nawr i leihau eu hôl traed carbon.

Felly, ydych chi am gymryd rhan yn Sialens Y Diwrnod Gwyrdd ac addo i dorri’ch ôl traed carbon? Gan ddefnyddio’r cyfrifiannell ôl traed carbon hawdd yma – footprint.wwf.org.uk/# – mae’n ffordd gyflym a hawdd i fesur eich ôl traed. Mae’n helpu hefyd i ddeall pa agweddau o’ch ffordd o fyw sy’n niweidiol ac sydd angen newid. Bydd Maint Cymru’n rhannu llwyth o awgrymiadau am sut gallech leihau’ch ôl traed carbon trwy Fehefin! Gwnewch yr addewid yma: sizeofwales.org.uk/ggd.

Mae Maint Cymru am weld cymaint o bobl a mudiadau’n cymryd rhan ac yn gweithredu ag sy’n bosib. Felly, os gwelwch yn dda, gwnewch yr addewid, codwch arian, rhannwch ac EWCH YN WYRDD.

Dau amcan syml sydd gan Faint Cymru – i leihau allyriadau carbon trwy amddiffyn ac adfer coedwigoedd trofannol; ac i godi ymwybyddiaeth ynglŷn ag effaith newid hinsawdd yng Nghymru trwy Raglen Addysg ardderchog ac ymgyrchoedd megis Y Diwrnod Gwyrdd.

Bydd pob rhodd trwy gydol Y Diwrnod Gwyrdd yn cael ei ddyblu! Mae mwy o wybodaeth ar gael fan yma: www.sizeofwales.org.uk/gogreenday.[:]

Living Wage Public Bodies

[:en]The Living Wage Foundation have compiled research with the Smith Institute which reveals that as many as 1.2 million people working for the NHS, councils and other public sector employers receive low wages of less than £9 an hour, or £10.55 in London.

Public sector workers, employed either directly by the state or on outsourced contracts, account for up to 20% of the 6 million people in Britain paid less than this level. The real living wage is higher than the government’s legally enforceable “national living wage” of £8.21 an hour.

The report revealed the vast majority of public sector workers earning below the real living wage are in local authority jobs, including teaching assistants, cleaners, care workers and catering staff. Almost half a million are on outsourced contracts, while 725,000 work directly for a public sector body. The research is summarized on the Living Wage Foundation website.

As the accrediting body in Wales; we propose that all public bodies should work toward accreditation in an effort to lead by example as often large employers with strong public presences and clear opportunities to strengthen local economies through the driving of fair pay practices. They also have the opportunity to lead on procurement practice and how this can be implemented. The Code of Practice: Ethical Employment in Supply Chains offers a Guide on Implementing the Living Wage.

Of the 44 public bodies in Wales there is currently one local authority accredited – Cardiff Council, and they join Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales along with commissioner’s offices including the Older People’s Commissioner, Children’s Commissioner and Future Generations Commissioner.

The Office of the Future Generations Commissioner urges public bodies to become Living Wage accredited as one of their suggested simple changes . The ‘Art of the Possible’ is one of the Commissioner’s main programmes of work. It is a partnership approach to shining a light on great work that is improving well-being in communities across Wales. It will set out a positive vision of what a ‘possible’ Wales could look like if public bodies respond to the opportunities that the Well-being of Future Generations legislation provides in order to make better decisions. Becoming a Living Wage employer is part of this positive vision for the future under the well-being goal of ‘a prosperous Wales.’

 

 

As stated by Professor Kate Pickett in the January 2014 report If you could do one thing: nine local actions to reduce health inequalities:

“The single best action that I believe local authorities can take to reduce health inequalities is to implement a living wage policy.”

Professor Pickett’s paper in the same report, Addressing Health Inequalities Through Greater Social Equality at a Local Level: Implement a Living Wage Policy also focuses on the other noted social benefits of the payment of a living wage including a route out of in-work poverty, incentive to work, improvements in work quality and productivity, and positive impacts on recruitment and retention- including decreases in absenteeism and improved well-being.

 


Get in Touch

Do you work in the public sector? Would you like to hear more about links between the well-being of future generations and the payment of a living wage?

 

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