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Free courses to help community groups act on the nature crisis!

Nabod Natur – Nature Wise is an online training programme which teaches you about how the natural environment works, the threats it faces, and how we can all help nature thrive.

As part of the course we will help you to develop an action plan, using your knowledge for the benefit of wildlife and habitats in your local area and beyond.

During the course you will learn about:

  • 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

The course is interactive. Attendees will work in small groups and also take part in group discussions to explore course topics.


Who should apply?

Thanks to funding from the Coop Foundation, these courses are available to any member of a voluntary organisation or community group in Wales (staff and volunteers). We are particularly keen to hear from non-environmental organisations.

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Course Dates

We currently have five open courses for individuals from any organisation – and if more than six people from a group want to join then we can also discuss holding a separate course at a time to suit you.

CourseSession 1 – Tuesday (2 hours)Session 2 – Thursday (2.5 hours)
112 October 10am – 12pm14 October 10am – 12:30pm
202 November 4 – 6pm04 November 4 – 6:30pm
307 December 10am – 12pm 09 December 10am – 12:30pm
411 January 4 – 6pm 13 January 4 – 6:30pm
501 February 10am – 12pm 03 February 10am – 12:30pm

Course Commitment (4.5 hours)

Learners will need to attend two online group sessions and complete an action plan.

On successful completion of your action plan you will be awarded a certificate.

Please note: you must attend both sessions to complete the course.

How do I book?

You can register your interest by emailing training@cynnalcymru.com

We will then send you a link to the booking system so that you can register the names of the individuals who would like to take part.

Places are limited, so we are aiming to allocate places as fairly as possible.


FAQs

What do I need to participate?

You will need access to computer with internet access to attend and participate in the online facilitated sessions.

We recommend a computer or tablet as you will be shown course materials containing images, slides and videos.

The online sessions will take part on Zoom or Teams. In the sessions you will need access to a microphone and .

Will there be more courses?

There will be more courses during 2022. We will also trial different times depending on feedback. If you would prefer a course at a different time please let us know.

Can you run a course just for my group?

Yes, if you have six or more people that would like to attend, we will try to offer bespoke sessions at times that suit you.

Is the course available in Welsh?

We hope to be able to offer the course in Welsh in 2022.

Where can I learn more?

For more details on our Nature Wise courses, visit the Cynnal Cymru training platform.

01 November | Carbon Literacy Action Day

To coincide with Day 1 of the UN COP26 negotiations in Glasgow this November, The Climate Literacy Project are staging the first-ever Carbon Literacy Action Day. The Action Day will catalyse action on climate change through Carbon Literacy training, getting everyone involved in delivering positive action to address climate change wherever they are.

The Action Day is fully inclusive and open to all, and on November 1st we will witness thousands of people from all walks of life, sectors, genders, ages and nations all around the world, participate and complete their days’ worth of Carbon Literacy training.

The Carbon Literacy Project will be making and sharing virtual visits to courses and initiatives throughout the day, but at 17:00 GMT they will commence a virtual tour by Zoom, giving participants and their groups the opportunity to share some of the best actions coming from their learners. At the same time we will tabulate the total number of learners that have participated in the Action Day, count their actions and estimate the predicted amount of CO2e saved as a consequence.

Why get involved?

  • Be a part of the first-ever Carbon Literacy Action Day
  • Participate in the largest ever low-carbon climate education day
  • Develop a greater understanding of climate change and take immediate and effective action to tackle the climate crisis
  • Use the Action Day as a catalyst to generate increased levels of involvement, activity and Carbon Literacy within your organisation
  • Expand the audience for your Carbon Literacy training
  • and Last but certainly not least, if you aren’t already; become certified as Carbon Literate!

22-25 March | Carbon Literacy Open Course

Join us for the next Carbon Literacy open course where you will learn about the links between human activity and climate change and develop the knowledge to enable you and your organisation to take action to reduce carbon emissions.

Who should attend?

Carbon Literacy works on the principle of peer-to-peer learning and encourages people to learn together, sharing knowledge and experiences along the way. The climate science is pitched for beginners but the approach to enabling and identifying positive action works for all abilities.

This course is suitable for those in a position to lead, organise or support others. This could be senior managers and teams leaders, board members or trustees, support workers or volunteers.

About distance learning

The majority of the course involves self-directed study through our new online learning platform. This will include suggested reading, links to further examples and research as well as links to videos to watch.

The course will also includes three interactive sessions with your course-tutor and fellow students.

  • Duration across one week
  • Self-directed study 4-6 hours
  • Facilitated sessions 4 hours

For more information and to book online, visit the new training section of our website or contact us at training@cynnalcymru.com

WHAT PREVIOUS ATTENDEES HAVE SAID: 

“Course was well delivered – good videos and supporting info”

“I gained a better understanding of climate change and what needs to be done NOW! Enjoyed the presentation and group work.”

“A good balance between presentation and group work. The tutor was likeable and engaging.”

“A valuable course that gave me all the tools I needed to disarm climate sceptics and convey the utter madness of inaction. Motivating and empowering, time truly well spent.”

COST AND BOOKING

Non members £95 plus VAT* per person plus £10 certification fee

Members £85 plus VAT* per person plus £10 certification fee


The Carbon Literacy Project

Carbon Literacy is a concept created in Manchester by Cooler Projects Ltd. and administered by the Carbon Literacy Trust.

Cynnal Cymru is the official partner in Wales for the award-winning Carbon Literacy Project.

In April 2020, Cynnal Cymru was further recognised as a Carbon Literacy Training Organisation – the first in Wales.

National Museum of Wales, Public Health Wales, Tai Ceredigion, Grwp Cynefin, Acuity Legal, Welsh Government, Trivallis, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, Social Farms and Gardens are just some of the organisation that have benefited from our course.

It is now your chance to join a growing movement!

Litter Heroes are Once Again Joining Forces for Spring Clean Cymru

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Be part of the pick (20 March – 13 April 2020)

Keep Wales Tidy is calling on people across Wales to help improve the environment on our doorstep by getting involved in its annual Spring Clean Cymru campaign.

The charity is aiming to inspire thousands of people to join forces to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible. Community groups, schools and businesses will all be taking part between 20 March to 13 April.

Spring Clean Cymru is part of the Great British Spring Clean. In 2019, over 563,163 people, including 175,055 students, volunteered their time to take part in the campaign – the biggest ever!

This year’s campaign will not only see tonnes of litter being removed from the environment on our doorstep, it also aims to rescue thousands of the plastic bottles and aluminum drinks cans that are simply thrown on the ground but could, very easily, be recycled.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy, said:

“The value of a good quality environment can’t be underestimated. It not only affects the look and feel of a place but has a significant and far-reaching impact on our health and wellbeing and the local economy. That’s why we’re encouraging the people of Wales to get outdoors, be proud and help care for where they live. We want to make spring clean bigger and better than ever!” 

To find out more about Spring Clean Cymru visit www.keepwalestidy.cymru

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Byddwch yn rhan o’r glanhau (20 Mawrth – 13 Ebrill 2020)

Mae Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus yn galw ar bobl ledled Cymru i helpu gwella’r amgylchedd ar drothwy’r drws trwy gymryd rhan yn ei ymgyrch flynyddol Gwanwyn Glân Cymru.

Mae’r elusen yn galw ar bobl i gasglu a gwaredu sbwriel yn ddiogel o’n strydoedd, ein parciau a’n traethau, gan ailgylchu cymaint â phosibl. Bydd grwpiau cymunedol, ysgolion a busnesau yn cymryd rhwng 20 Mawrth i 13 Ebrill.

Mae Gwanwyn Glân Cymru yn rhan o Wanwyn Glân Prydain Fawr. Yn 2019, gwirfoddolodd dros 563,163 o bobl, yn cynnwys 175,055 o fyfyrwyr, eu hamser i gymryd rhan yn ein hymgyrch – y mwyaf erioed!

Bydd yr ymgyrch eleni nid yn unig yn arwain at dunelli o sbwriel yn cael ei symud o’r amgylchedd lleol ond bydd hefyd yn ceisio achub miloedd o’r poteli plastig a’r caniau alwminiwm sy’n cael eu taflu ar y ddaear ond y gellid, yn hawdd iawn, eu hailgylchu.

Meddai Lesley Jones, Prif Weithredwr Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus:

“Ni ellir amcangyfrif yn rhy isel werth amgylchedd o ansawdd da. Mae nid yn unig yn effeithio ar olwg a theimlad lle, ond mae’n cael effaith sylweddol a phellgyrhaeddol ar ein hiechyd a’n lles a’r economi leol hefyd. Dyna pam yr ydym yn annog pobl Cymru i fynd yn yr awyr agored, bod yn falch a helpu i ofalu am ble maent yn byw. Yn 2019, ein nod yw gwneud y gwanwyn yn lân yn fwy ac yn well nag erioed! “

Ewch i wefan Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus (www.keepwalestidy.cymru) i gofrestru’ch glanhau eich hun neu ddarganfod sut y gallwch chi gymryd rhan.

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Future CarDiff | Where Are Electric Cars Driving To?

[:en]We are looking forward to our ‘Future CAR:DIFF’ event on the 11th July when industry experts and the City Council Leader, Cllr. Huw Thomas, will consider the challenges and opportunities associated with electric car use in Cardiff.

The reality we all have to face is that for many people, life without a car is unthinkable. Environmentalists can dream about cities free of cars but I personally cannot see the people of the Cardiff Capital Region giving up their cars overnight. It is more realistic in my view to aim for an evolution with step changes towards a less car-dependent society. Even with this scenario, a great deal of persuasion is required and this will keep marketing specialists and social psychologists busy for some time.

The city faces a major challenge. The Council’s own Liveable City report states:

“Levels of car use are amongst the highest of the core cities and use of public transport in the city is comparatively low, although levels of walking and cycling compare well and are growing. Over 60% of residents now think that transport in the city is a serious or very serious problem. The city’s reliance on cars also contributes to Cardiff’s carbon emissions being high compared to many other British cities, with some city centre wards particularly vulnerable to high levels of air pollution.”

Source: The Liveable City report

Air quality is an immediate concern for Cardiff. The issue’s profile has increased recently at a UK national level. The Liveable City report explains:

“Carbon emissions per person in Cardiff have fallen in the last decade and are lower than both the UK and Wales averages. However, there is work to do if Cardiff is to meet the performance of similar local authorities; our emissions per capita are amongst the highest. Road transport continues to be a major source and its percentage share of emissions has increased since 2005. Nitrogen dioxide (N0²) in the air is mostly caused by road traffic and to an extent by energy production. Too much NO² in the air can increase the numbers of respiratory illnesses, especially among children. Levels of N02 found in the city centre are the highest in Welsh local authorities and exceed EU pollution limits.”

Our partners, Jacobs UK, are working with the city council to examine the feasibility of alternative sources of power for road transport that result in less emissions of nitrous oxides and carbon dioxide. At a recent event for industry specialists and City Council officers, Gareth Harcombe, Energy and Sustainability Manager for the council explained that 16% of Cardiff’s per capita electricity consumption is met by local renewable sources and that a 35% decrease in per capita carbon emissions had been achieved between 2005-2014. Other speakers presented examples of how electric and hydrogen engines were powering public transport in other cities, offering a viable alternative for Cardiff’s busses, taxis and trains.

The challenge remains however: people love their cars.

What we are aiming to do with this event, is provide a platform for companies like Chargemaster, Tesla and Drive Electric to demonstrate to public sector organisations, private companies with large numbers of staff, and event destinations that they can provide the infrastructure for electric car use. A key component in people’s reluctance to switch from fossil fuels is a lack of confidence in range, charge speed and abundance of charging points.

Dr. Paul Nieuwenhuis of Cardiff University’s electric vehicle centre of excellence will explore this topic. He has researched the challenges of electric vehicle use in an urban and rural context.

Another aim for the event is to look beyond the step change to electric private car use and consider what Cardiff may be like in the medium to long-term future.

Dr. John McCarthy of Arup will present the latest advances in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs). John has been the technical director on two CAV trials in the UK that explored the feasibility of driverless cars. He argues that we should prioritise the user and achieve a deep understanding of human behaviour in relation to this new technology.

Dr. Katie Beverley of the PDR eco-design centre also shares this interest. She will close the conference with her reflections on what she has heard before leading a discussion group on the topic of behaviour change and the role of design in persuading people to adopt new technologies.

While this event will look primarily at the car, however, the need to use less cars and certainly own less cars remains. As 57% of Cardiff residents travel less than 5km, there is a realistic opportunity for more journeys to be undertaken by active modes. There is also an increasingly positive picture from more recent data collected by the City of Cardiff Council. In 2016, 11.5% of people reported using the train to get to work on 5 days a week, 12% use a bus five times a week and nearly one in five walk to work every day. While an increase on previous years, these are still tiny percentages. One factor that might persuade people to cycle, walk or use public transport to get to their place of work, is the availability of low emission pool cars or car club vehicles. The Cardiff Car Club, managed by Enterprise, has so far proved less popular than its Bristol equivalent. Understanding why is yet another component in the jigsaw of research required to help Cardiff Council achieve its aims.

In the meantime, the event location host – St Davids Shopping Centre – provides two types of charge points and are ready to make more electric vehicle spaces available if the demand increases.

I get to work every day by either bike or train. I still own a car. It’s a diesel. I am looking at the financial implications of installing a PV array and owning or leasing an electric car. It’s complicated and you need to set time aside to fully explore the finances. I have the type of house that allows me to contemplate this type of set up. Most other people do not. So these three massive questions remain: can you persuade people to give up their car? And if not, can you at least persuade them to give up a car powered by oil derivatives? And even if they do, where is the power coming from to charge up the battery?

Howard Odum, the father of systems ecology, tried to persuade the world to think in terms of embedded energy. Electric cars have a great deal of embedded energy. Odum envisioned the twenty first century as a “prosperous way down.” Electric vehicles are perhaps a step down from the energy high we are on but they are not a solution. They have to be part of an integrated, intelligent system that like the ecosystems that Odum spent his life studying, are adaptable, self-monitoring, auto-catalytic and solar-powered. The irrational parts of the human mind also have to be part of this system and that is where the greatest challenge lies.[:]

Free webinars to help reduce costs and become more resource efficient

Resource Efficient Wales are running a series of free webinars, on a range of topics related to resource efficiency.

Your business or public sector organisation could reduce its costs by using less energy and water, consuming fewer raw materials, and reducing waste. Even the smallest changes can make the biggest difference, and the new Resource Efficient Wales (REW) service, funded by Welsh Government and delivered by resource efficiency experts WRAP Cymru and Carbon Trust, is here to show you how.

Sign up to any or all of the free Resource Efficient Wales webinars to benefit from this free support:

Useful Links:

Resource Efficient Wales

Carbon Trust

Yr Ymddiriedolaeth Garbon

Wrap Cymru

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