Day: November 21, 2019

Young people from across Wales come together to debate climate change at the National Assembly

[:en]Young people from all over Wales will be coming together at the Senedd in Cardiff on 21st November to debate climate change in front of Ministers, Assembly Members and representatives from the Future Generations Commissioner’s Office.

“MockCOP” is an event modelled on the UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP), where representatives from countries all over the world meet to negotiate resolutions to tackle climate change. Run jointly by Cardiff based climate change charity Size of Wales and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA), MockCOP is an interactive opportunity for young people aged 14-18 to learn about the UN, the annual climate change talks and develop their understanding of international relations  by standing in the shoes of other nations and role playing those nations in the model conference

Regional events have been held across Wales since June, now culminating in the final event being held at the Senedd in Cardiff on 21st November 2019.

As part of the programme, Size of Wales and WCIA will be looking to develop and support young climate change champions across Wales.

Size of Wales Director Elspeth Jones said:

“MockCOP develops young people’s skills, knowledge and confidence on the topic of climate change and encourages them to think about how climate change is affecting people now as well as future generations. This year we have been able to reach even more young people across Wales and support the new curriculum in developing ethical informed citizens with the kind support of the ScottishPower Foundation. Climate Change is a subject many students feel motivated to act upon, and we want to empower young people to feel that they can be part of the solution.”

Eluned Morgan, Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language, will open debate procedures on the 21st November:

 “MockCOP is a fantastic platform for young people to engage with the serious issue of climate change and consider their views from a global perspective. Young people need to be allowed to be creative, put in place their own ideas, develop and experiment with them. MockCOP provides this opportunity to young people to become more informed and engaged about the global challenges and gives them a great opportunity to develop debating and negotiating skills.”

The expansion of the programme has been supported by the of the ScottishPower Foundation. Melanie Hill, Executive Officer and Trustee at the ScottishPower Foundation, said:

“It’s fantastic to see so many young people, who have been engaged with the wider Climate Change Champions project throughout Wales this year, come together at the MockCOP conference here in Cardiff.  The ScottishPower Foundation aims to support talented young people who will be at the forefront of the next generation of experts tasked with developing new solutions to the challenge of climate change.

“It is so inspiring to see these young people being empowered to make their voices heard, and being encouraged to share their great ideas for the future.”

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs added:

“Since we declared a climate emergency, earlier this year, young people from across Wales have been at the centre of our national conversation on what urgent action is required to address climate change.

“I was determined young people should be involved in our first ever Wales Climate Conference last month and MokCop will give them another opportunity to have their voices heard at the very highest level.

“I know from speaking with young people across Wales just how engaged and passionate they are about the future our planet. This event will ensure the momentum generated by the Climate Conference is maintained and will provide young people with valuable experience of debating and negotiating resolutions to tackle climate change and benefit future generations.”[:]

New Executive Director Appointed at Cynnal Cymru


Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales announces the appointment of a new executive Director to steer the charity though the next phase of its development as it continues to respond to the global challenge of sustainability – Sarah Hopkins.

Our current Director steps down after a successful period of restructuring the charity from a wholly government-funded organisation, to one that now generates income from embedding sustainable development at a practical level through its growing membership and via strategic partnership projects that enable collaboration between private, public and third sectors.

Sarah was most recently H&M’s Sustainability Manager (Cambodia and Vietnam) where she was responsible for setting and driving H&M’s social and environmental sustainability strategy in those countries. Amongst other projects, she managed social and environmental sustainability projects in the supply chain, including a high profile collaboration involving the ILO and other agencies to improve industrial relations, health and safety and living wages in the garment industry. She has a strong commercial background.  Sarah lives in Cardiff and was previously a corporate lawyer in a London law firm. Sarah will be joining the team in January 2020.

Sarah Hopkins said:

“I am excited to join the excellent team at Cynnal Cymru and the movement towards a greener, more equal and globally responsible Wales. I look forward to meeting and working with our members and supporting them with their sustainability agendas and challenges. Cynnal Cymru is unique in building relations between sectors and industries and I hope to continue the great work already started. I believe that together we can learn, innovate and make a positive impact on people’s lives in Wales now and in the future.”

Gary Brace, Chair of Cynnal Cymru’s Board said:

“We are delighted to welcome Sarah Hopkins to be Cynnal Cymru’s new Executive Director. In addition to her many skills and experiences in the field of sustainability in the supply chain sector, Sarah is excited to be taking forward our forward-looking sustainability agenda in Wales. Trustees are looking forward to her building on the great foundations which Mari Arthur has put in place for Cynnal Cymru.”

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru said:

“I’m really proud of what we have achieved to date and it has been a privilege to work with so many talented and committed people in my time here at Cynnal Cymru. This is a really exciting opportunity to lead our charity through a next phase of its development, and I’m confident that Sarah will take up the challenge and continue to drive forward our mission in making Wales a truly sustainable nation.”

Cynnal Cymru is part of the WCVA Group structure.[:]

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