Natural Environment

Environmental Volunteering Toolkit

So you want to help the environment but are unsure how to start?

Environmental volunteering is a great way to support the planet whilst giving back to your local community and there are many opportunities that can fit into your schedule.

There are hundreds of activities you can get involved with but how do you know which ones are right for you?

This toolkit aims to help you decide which aspects of environmental volunteering most appeal to you based on your skills, interests, and circumstances. There are many different themes and example projects included to help you find your perfect role, whether you love feeding your community, are a computer whiz, want to make your street more inviting, care about wildlife, enjoy getting fit, or want to make new friends. Whichever activities you choose you will be helping to improve our environment for now and future generations!

Download the Environmental Volunteering Tool kit.

Sustainable Academy Awards


www.sustainableacademy.wales

The Awards recognise the amazing people, projects and initiatives that are contributing towards the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act.

With collaboration and connection at the heart of the celebration, the annual Awards Ceremony brings together a diverse audience of businesses, charities and third sector organisations.

170 people attended the 2019 Awards Celebration at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.


In 2019 over 12,000 individual votes were received across the 24 finalists voting profiles.

The Awards take place each year at the end of November, where we announce the winners from each category.

The Awards were developed in partnership by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru. The Awards were held for the first time in 2018, and are a fusion of the Cynnal Cymru Sustain Wales Awards and the Wales Green Energy Awards, organised by RenewableUK Cymru.


Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a number of excellent sponsorship opportunities to sponsor categories and various aspects of the event.  To find out more details about what is available, please get in contact with awards@cynnalcymru.com

Project Sylfaen

In 2019, Cynnal Cymru, in partnership with Wales Co-operative Centre, won funding from the Co-op Foundation to take six community-led environmental organisations in Wales on a development journey. The aim was to deliver a bespoke programme of capacity-building support to help enhance the engagement, governance, business planning, income generation and other skills needed to sustain a successful community venture.

The six organisations selected through an open recruitment process have already received a root and branch review of their skills and development needs and the next five months will see a programme of training sessions to meet these. They will be accompanied by regular peer-learning and networking activities to reflect on learning, share experiences and seek ways to widen stakeholder engagement and input. The first sessions on Safeguarding and Enterprising Leadership have already taken place.

Here at Cynnal Cymru we are particularly interested in how organisations can develop to incorporate all aspects of sustainable development and contribute to both foundational and stakeholder economies. Although Sylfaen focuses on voluntary sector organisations and community councils, we recognise that these are cross-sector challenges that all organisations face and need to address if the vision of a just, inclusive, low-carbon and sustainable future is to be realised.

We look forward to sharing, with members and others, the learning and insights that the Sylfaen process uncovers.


Project partners:

A Guide to the Well-being of Future Generations Act

It will make the public bodies listed in the Act think more about the long-term, work better with people and communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach.

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales. Our mission is to make Wales the first Sustainable Nation. Cynnal Cymru’s overall focus is on developing and promoting a sustainable, resource-efficient and low-carbon society through engagement with enterprises, the third sector and communities. We connect local and national organisations together from across Wales to help each other develop more sustainable solutions and deliver on the Well-being of Future Generations Act. This will help us to create a Wales that we all want to live in, now and in the future.

To make sure we are all working towards the same vision, the Act puts in place seven well-being goals.

Sustainable Development Principle and Ways of Working

The Act puts in place a ‘sustainable development principle’ which tells organisations how to go about meeting their duty under the Act.

There are five things that public bodies need to think about to show that they have applied the sustainable development principle. Following these ways of working will help us work together better, avoid repeating past mistakes and tackle some of the long-term challenges we are facing.


Why do we need this law?

Wales faces a number of challenges now and in the future, such as climate change, poverty, health inequalities and jobs and growth. To tackle these we need to work together. To give our children and grandchildren a good quality of life we need to think about how the decisions we make now will impact them. This law will make sure that our public sector does this.

More information

For a summary of the Act see a copy of the booklet ‘The Essentials’.

You can find out more about the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act on the the Welsh Government website.

Friends of the Earth Cymru launch Wales Climate Action Plan

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Friends of the Earth Cymru have launched a Climate Action Plan for Wales which calls for a green and fair recovery for people and communities.

The plan’s recommendations include:

  •  prioritising vulnerable communities
  •  investing in a green economy to create job opportunities
  • transforming the transport system
  • legislating to clean our air.

Friends of the Earth Cymru also recommend that Wales should follow New Zealand’s example and replace Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the measure of progress and focus instead on living standards and wellbeing.

Haf Elgar, Director, Friends of the Earth Cymru, said

“Wales is at a critical crossroads in its history and needs to address multiple emergencies right now – COVID-19 recovery, the climate and ecological emergencies and ongoing inequalities in our nation. This Climate Action Plan looks at what Wales can do to address these multiple emergencies and improve living standards for people and the planet.

“Quite rightly, Wales is proud of the Well-being of Future Generations Act 3, which is making a long-lasting, positive change to current and future generations, and it will be needed more than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But we must do more to make our economy and society work for people and planet, and that’s why it’s time to take the next step and use wellbeing rather than GDP to measure progress. There is so much we can learn from New Zealand and we should develop a Living Standards Framework for Wales.”4

Other recommendations include creating green job opportunities and eradicating fuel poverty. The Institute for Welsh Affairs has identified how Wales could produce all the energy it needs from renewables by 2035, creating thousands of jobs. Investing in areas which will have a positive impact on our environment such as cycling and public transport, nature restoration and home efficiency could significantly add to this. Fixing the two-thirds of Welsh homes which are poorly insulated will not only create jobs in every part of the country but will also bring much needed health benefits.

Wales should prioritise investment and resources into protecting our most vulnerable communities, whether that’s vulnerability to the type of flooding seen earlier this year, to the heatwaves which are happening more frequently, or those most at risk from COVID-19.

Keeping the nation’s lungs and hearts healthy is vital in the context of coronavirus. Friends of the Earth Cymru is also calling for A Clean Air Act for Wales as soon as possible for the sake of our health and to reduce climate emissions.5

Another key recommendation is to guarantee that those without a car are not left behind, by introducing service standards to improve public transport, and transforming the nation’s walking and cycling infrastructure, to combat the climate crisis.6

Friends of the Earth Cymru call for Wales to be a shining example, once again, by putting the environment, sustainability and fairness at the heart of our economy and COVID-19 recovery plan.

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Mae Cyfeillion y Ddaear Cymru wedi lansio Cynllun Gweithredu Hinsawdd i Gymru sy’n galw am adferiad gwyrdd a theg i bobl a chymunedau.

Lawrlwythwch y Cynllun Gweithredu Hinsawdd i Gymru

Mae argymhellion y cynllun yn cynnwys:

  • blaenoriaethu cymunedau sy’n agored i niwed
  • buddsoddi mewn economi werdd i greu cyfleoedd gwaith
  • trawsnewid y system drafnidiaeth
  • deddfu i lanhau ein haer.

Hefyd, Cyfeillion y Ddaear Cymru eisiau i Gymru yn ddilyn esiampl Seland Newydd a disodli Cynnyrch Mewnwladol Crynswth (GDP) fel mesur cynnydd a chanolbwyntio yn hytrach ar safonau byw a llesiant.

Dywedodd Haf Elgar, Cyfarwyddwr Cyfeillion y Ddaear Cymru :

“Mae Cymru ar groesffordd hollbwysig yn ei hanes ac mae angen iddi fynd i’r afael â sawl argyfwng ar hyn o bryd – adferiad COVID-19, yr argyfyngau hinsawdd ac ecolegol, ac anghydraddoldebau parhaus yn ein cenedl.

“Mae’r Cynllun Gweithredu Hinsawdd hwn yn edrych ar yr hyn y gall Cymru ei wneud i fynd i’r afael â’r amryw argyfyngau hyn a gwella safonau byw i bobl a’r blaned.

“Mae Cymru’n falch o Ddeddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol, sy’n gwneud newid cadarnhaol a pharhaol i genedlaethau’r presennol a’r dyfodol, a bydd ei angen yn fwy nag erioed gyda’r pandemig COVID-19

“Ond mae’n rhaid i ni wneud mwy i wneud i’n heconomi a’n cymdeithas weithio i bobl a’r blaned, a dyna pam mae’n bryd cymryd y cam nesaf a defnyddio llesiant yn hytrach na GDP i fesur cynnydd.

“Mae cymaint y gallwn ei ddysgu gan Seland Newydd a dylem ddatblygu Fframwaith Safonau Byw i Gymru.”

 

Mae argymhellion eraill yn cynnwys creu cyfleoedd gwaith gwyrdd a chael gwared ar dlodi tanwydd. Mae’r Sefydliad Materion Cymreig wedi nodi sut y gallai Cymru gynhyrchu’r holl ynni sydd ei angen arni o ynni adnewyddadwy erbyn 2035, gan greu miloedd o swyddi.

Gallai buddsoddi mewn ardaloedd a fydd yn cael effaith gadarnhaol ar ein hamgylchedd fel beicio a thrafnidiaeth gyhoeddus, adfer natur ac effeithlonrwydd cartrefi ychwanegu’n sylweddol at hyn. Bydd cyweirio y ddau draean o gartrefi Cymru sydd wedi’u hinswleiddio’n wael nid yn unig yn creu swyddi ym mhob rhan o’r wlad, ond hefyd yn dod â manteision iechyd y mae mawr eu hangen.

Dylai Cymru flaenoriaethu buddsoddiad ac adnoddau i ddiogelu ein cymunedau mwyaf bregus, boed hynny’n agored i niwed i’r math o lifogydd a welwyd eleni, i’r tywydd poeth sy’n digwydd yn amlach, neu’r rhai sydd fwyaf tebygol o gael COVID-19.

Mae cadw ysgyfaint a chalonnau’r genedl yn iach yn hanfodol yng nghyd-destun COVID-19. Mae Cyfeillion y Ddaear Cymru hefyd yn galw am Ddeddf Aer Glân i Gymru cyn gynted â phosibl er mwyn ein hiechyd ac i leihau gollyngiadau hinsawdd.

Argymhelliad allweddol arall yw gwarantu nad yw’r rheini sydd heb gar yn cael eu gadael ar ôl, drwy gyflwyno safonau gwasanaeth i wella trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus, a thrawsnewid seilwaith cerdded a beicio’r genedl, i fynd i’r afael â’r argyfwng yn yr hinsawdd.6

Mae Cyfeillion y Ddaear Cymru yn galw ar Gymru i fod yn enghraifft wych, unwaith eto, drwy roi’r amgylchedd, cynaliadwyedd a thegwch wrth wraidd ein heconomi a chynllun adfer COVID-19.[:]

Keep Wales Tidy Call for Applications for New Places for Nature on Everyone’s Doorstep

[:en]Hundreds of new nature garden projects are in the pipeline across Wales with applications for many more invited

Keep Wales Tidy is delighted to be reopening applications for its Local Places for Nature initiative. With many of us limited to our immediate locality during lockdown, there has never been a better time to consider how our community areas can be improved for nature.

A choice of pre-paid garden packages are being offered to local community groups and town and community councils to transform a space in their local area. Groups and potential applicants are being asked to make best use of their time at home, by submitting an application. Keep Wales Tidy staff are on hand to help.

The first assessment panel was impressed with the quality and variety of applications from across Wales and were happy to award:

  • 101 Butterfly gardens
  • 44 Fruit gardens
  • 71 Wildlife gardens

Check out the map to see where all the gardens will be across Wales www.keepwalestidy.cymru/lpfn-map

  • Tredegar Town Council in Blaenau Gwent will be developing a butterfly garden to enhance the Sirhowy Community Garden and provide a tranquil space for the whole community.
  • Conwy Arts Trust will be creating a fruit garden at Venue Cymru in Llandudno as a pilot project to develop magical areas that can be used to inspire creativity.
  • Riverside in Cardiff has very little accessible green space and Keep Riverside Tidy will be creating a butterfly garden which will enhance nature for the local community.
  • A wildlife garden in Dinas Mawddwy will be used by Plannwch y Plas to engage and involve the local community with nature and growing.
  • Mumbles Community Council will be sprucing up Jubilee Gardens with their wildlife garden package and making it into a pleasant place to sit and enjoy nature.

 

The safety of staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance, so no practical work has started to date. However, Keep Wales Tidy are making plans as to how they might deliver some activities safely when government guidelines allow.

 

Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy, Louise Tambini said:

Through these difficult times the value of nature and accessible green space has never been more recognisable and important to our communities. It has been heartening to see so many people volunteering to help others through the COVID-19 pandemic and we would encourage you to continue volunteering and join the Local Places for Nature initiative to create new, accessible spaces for wildlife in your local community. It is easy to apply, and applicants will be supported to install their new gardens safely within social distancing and government guidelines, only when it is safe to do so. We look forward to starting practical work when regulations are eased “.

 

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths MS said:

‘’We have all seen how important nature is for our mental well-being. Our £5m Local Places for Nature programme encourages communities to get involved with creating nature ‘on their doorsteps’. We are delighted that Keep Wales Tidy are accepting applications again, in readiness for when projects can begin. Currently we are all staying at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. But as conditions allow and when safety can be assured, I hope volunteers across Wales will be involved in these local projects to restore and enhance nature.

 

The initiative is part of a wider £5m Welsh Government ‘Local Places for Nature’ fund committed to acquiring, restoring and enhancing nature ‘on your doorstep’.

Visit the Keep Wales Tidy website for further information about the Local Places for Nature initiative https://www.keepwalestidy.cymru/nature[:]

Future Generations Commissioner urges Welsh Government to deliver on a green recovery budget

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● Carbon neutral housing and green jobs for people unemployed by pandemic are crucial to reset the economy and ‘build back better’
● Sophie Howe has outlined the five spending priorities Wales needs to be considering now – and calls for an urgent green stimulus package to help the country’s long-term recovery
● Government’s supplementary budget on Wednesday needs to signal investment that prioritises a better quality of life in the future

Green jobs for the unemployed and a multi-million pound package to decarbonise housing should be central to how Wales is reshaped in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, says the Future Generations Commissioner. 

Sophie Howe says we have  a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to reset Wales’ economy and is calling for  “visionary ideas and transformative investment” in the nation’s recovery plan. 

The commissioner has published a series of recommendations for Welsh Government as it announces its first Supplementary Budget, detailing how funding will be allocated during and after the crisis.  

The Welsh Government budget has increased by more than 10% for the current financial year – £2.4bn will be allocated to support Wales with its COVID-19 efforts. 

Ms Howe said: “The pandemic has brought incredible challenges, but how we recover gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity. 

“The budget must signal a change in direction to reset our economy and remedy past failures with bold, collaborative, inclusive thinking and political courage. 

“It needs to address health, the economy and the ongoing climate and nature crises for the sake of Wales’ long-term future. We need a new definition of prosperity, based on well-being, and a fairer, greener way of living.” 

The commissioner, whose role is to protect future generations from the political actions of today, says in a paper that ministers must now show political courage with a focus on quality of life over GDP,  as the country begins the rebuilding process while restrictions remain in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. 

More investment in the low-carbon economy is crucial, and in the short-term, Ms Howe suggests those who have lost jobs and income in the pandemic could be reskilled and employed in the green economy. 

Among her recommendations is a multi-million pound stimulus package to support the decarbonisation of Wales’ housing stock – putting money into new low-carbon affordable housing and launching a national retrofitting programme to improve energy efficiency in existing homes. 

The benefits to people’s health, the environment, the jobs created and – crucially – Wales’ housing stock, would, says Ms Howe, far outweigh the estimated cost of more than £500m a year. 

As thousands remain working from home – taking pressure off transport networks and reducing carbon emissions – the commissioner wants investment to improve digital connectivity. 

Ms Howe applauded Welsh Government’s £25m commitment to fund transport improvements for pedestrians and cyclists by local authorities across Wales, and said it must form part of a long-term plan. 

It comes as moves to pedestrianise the centre of Bristol have been unveiled as part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis. The city is also engaging residents in planning new ways to use existing spaces – with emerging ideas including the pedestrianisation of entire dual carriageways. 

Elsewhere, Milan – one of the most congested cities in Europe – is transforming 35km of streets into ‘future zones’, where people can walk and cycle safely. 

Resources should also be shifted so Wales’ natural habitats can be restored, with green corridors linking the country and more investment in the new national forest being planted. 

Such thinking, says the commissioner will not only help wildlife, but can assist flood defences and the nation’s capability to face the challenges of climate change and create jobs. 

Ms Howe wants the Government to use the Well-being of Future Generations Act legislation along with her new Future Generations Report and  10-point plan for funding the climate emergency, in its response to the crisis. 

The Future Generations Report suggests Welsh Government works with public bodies to deliver 20% tree canopy cover in every town and city in Wales by 2030. 

Ms Howe said: “Our pre-Covid 19 economy prioritised economic growth, forced many people into poverty, and in turn created an unhealthy population that is particularly susceptible to global crises such as pandemics. 

“It’s vital that the budget addresses things we can’t afford to ignore – such as the current health crisis, the economic crisis the pandemic has triggered and the ongoing climate and nature crises. 

Wales has the opportunity to lead the way with visionary ideas and transformative investment, to a future based on well-being, using our unique Well-being of Future Generations Act as a framework. 

“I’m keen to work with partners and organisations to support Welsh Government in developing a response to the crisis which allows Wales to build back better.” 

 

The Future Generations Commissioner’s five recommendations… 

1.Develop an economic stimulus package that leads to job creation and supports the decarbonisation of homes, through building new low carbon affordable housing and investing in a national programme to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes. 

2.Invest in better ways to connect and move people through improving digital connectivity, active travel and public transport.

3. Invest in skills and training to support the transition to a better future, creating new greener jobs.

4.Invest in nature and prioritise funding and support for large-scale habitat and wildlife restoration, creation and connectivity throughout Wales –including for natural flood defences, to implement the new national forest, and to ensure land use management and agriculture supports secure local food chains and distribution.

5. Invest in the industries and technologies of the future, and support for businesses that will help Wales to lead the low carbon revolution and lock wealth and jobs into local areas with investment in the foundational economy. 

To read the full statement, visit the Future Generations Commissioner’s website.

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Mae tai carbon niwtral a swyddi gwyrdd i bobl sy’n ddiwaith yn sgil y pandemig yn hanfodol ar gyfer ailosod yr economi ac ‘adeiladu nôl yn well’.
● Mae Sophie Howe wedi amlinellu’r pum blaenoriaeth gwariant sydd angen i Gymru eu hystyried yn awr – ac yn galw am becyn ysgogi gwyrdd ar frys i helpu adferiad hirdymor y wlad.
● Mae angen i gyllideb atodol y llywodraeth ar ddydd Mercher nodi buddsoddiad sy’n blaenoriaethu gwell ansawdd bywyd yn y dyfodol.

Dylai swyddi gwyrdd i’r diwaith a phecyn gwerth miliynau o bunnoedd i ddatgarboneiddio tai fod yn ganolog i’r ffordd y mae Cymru’n cael ei hail-lunio yn dilyn pandemig coronafirws, meddai Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol. 

Dywed Sophie Howe fod gennym “gyfle sy’n digwydd unwaith mewn cenhedlaeth” i ailosod economi Cymru, ac mae’n galw am “syniadau gweledigaethol a buddsoddiad trawsnewidiol yng nghynllun adfer y genedl. 

Mae’r comisiynydd wedi cyhoeddi cyfres o argymhellion ar gyfer Llywodraeth Cymru wrth iddynt gyhoeddi eu Cyllideb Atodol gyntaf, sy’n rhoi manylion am y modd y bydd cyllid yn cael ei ddyrannu yn ystod ac ar ôl yr argyfwng. 

Mae cyllideb Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cynyddu o fwy na 10% ar gyfer y flwyddyn ariannol gyfredol – dyrennir £ 2.4bn i gynorthwyo Cymru gyda’i hymdrechion COVID-19. 

Dywedodd Ms Howe: “Mae’r pandemig wedi dod â heriau anhygoel, ond mae’r modd yr ydym yn ei oresgyn yn rhoi i ni ‘gyfle sy’n digwydd unwaith mewn cenhedlaeth. 

“Rhaid i’r gyllideb nodi newid cyfeiriad i ailosod ein heconomi a datrys methiannau’r gorffennol gyda meddwl beiddgar, cydweithredol, cynhwysol, a dewrder gwleidyddol. 

“Mae angen iddi fynd i’r afael ag iechyd, yr economi ac argyfyngau parhaus yr hinsawdd a natur er mwyn dyfodol hirdymor Cymru. Mae arnom angen diffiniad newydd o ffyniant, yn seiliedig ar lesiant, a ffordd decach, wyrddach o fyw”.  

Mewn papur a ysgrifennwyd gandddi dywed y comisiynydd yn ei rôl fel amddiffynnydd cenedlaethau’r dyfodol rhag gweithredoedd gwleidyddol heddiw, bod yn rhaid i weinidogion yn awr ddangos dewrder gwleidyddol gan ganolbwyntio mwy ar ansawdd bywyd na Chynnyrch Domestig Gros, wrth i’r wlad gychwyn ar y broses ailadeiladu tra bo cyfyngiadau yn parhau yn eu lle i atal lledaeniad COVID-19. 

Mae mwy o fuddsoddiad yn yr economi carbon isel yn hanfodol, ac yn y tymor byr, mae Ms Howe yn awgrymu y gallai’r rhai sydd wedi colli swyddi ac incwm yn ystod y pandemig gael eu hailsgilio a’u cyflogi yn yr economi gwyrdd. 

Ymhlith ei hargymhellion mae’n nodi pecyn ysgogi gwerth miliynau o bunnoedd i gynorthwyo datgarboneiddio stoc dai Cymru – gan ariannu tai fforddiadwy carbon isel newydd a lansio rhaglen ôl-osod genedlaethol i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni mewn cartrefi presennol. 

Byddai’r manteision i iechyd pobl, yr amgylchedd, y swyddi sy’n cael eu creu ac – yn hollbwysig – stoc dai Cymru, meddai Ms Howe, yn gorbwyso’r gost amcangyfrifedig o fwy na £ 500m y flwyddyn. 

Wrth i filoedd barhau i weithio gartref – gan leihau’r pwysau ar rwydweithiau trafnidiaeth a lleihau allyriadau carbon – mae’r comisiynydd eisiau buddsoddiad ar gyfer gwella cysylltedd digidol. 

Cymeradwyodd Ms Howe ymrwymiad £ 25m Llywodraeth Cymru i ariannu gwelliannau trafnidiaeth i gerddwyr a beicwyr gan awdurdodau lleol ledled Cymru, a dywedodd fod yn rhaid i hyn fod yn rhan o gynllun hirdymor.  

Fe ddaw wrth i symudiadau i bedestreiddio canol Bryste gael eu datgelu fel rhan o’u hymateb i argyfwng COVID-19. Mae’r ddinas hefyd yn ennyn diddordeb preswylwyr wrth gynllunio ffyrdd newydd o ddefnyddio lleoedd sy’n bodoli eisoes – gyda syniadau sy’n dod i’r amlwg yn cynnwys pedestreiddio ffyrdd cerbydau deuol cyfan. 

Mewn mannau eraill, mae Milan – un o’r dinasoedd â’r mwyaf o dagfeydd yn Ewrop – yn trawsnewid 35km o strydoedd yn ‘barthau’r dyfodol’, lle gall pobl gerdded a beicio’n ddiogel.  

Dylid symud adnoddau hefyd fel y gellir adfer cynefinoedd naturiol Cymru, gyda choridorau gwyrdd yn cysylltu’r wlad a mwy o fuddsoddi mewn plannu’r goedwig genedlaethol newydd.  

Bydd meddwl yn y modd hwn, medd y comisiynydd, nid yn unig yn helpu bywyd gwyllt, ond yn atgyfnerthu amddiffynfeydd llifogydd a gallu’r genedl i wynebu heriau’r newid yn yr hinsawdd a chreu swyddi. 

Mae Ms Howe eisiau i’r Llywodraeth, yn eu hymateb i’r argyfwng, ddefnyddio deddfwriaeth y Ddeddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol ynghyd â’i Hadroddiad Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol newydd a’i chynllun deg pwynt ar gyfer ariannu’r argyfwng hinsawdd 

Mae’r Adroddiad Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol yn awgrymu bod Llywodraeth Cymru’n gweithio gyda chyrff cyhoeddus i gyflawni 20% o orchudd canopi coed ym mhob tref a dinas yng Nghymru erbyn 2030. 

Dywedodd Ms Howe: Roedd ein heconomi cyn COVID-19 yn blaenoriaethu twf economaidd gan orfodi llawer o bobl i dlodi, a arweiniodd yn ei dro at boblogaeth afiach sy’n arbennig o agored i argyfwng fel pandemig.  

Mae’n hollbwysig bod ein cyllideb yn mynd i’r afael â phethau na fedrwn fforddio eu hanwybyddu – megis yr argyfwng iechyd presennol, yr argyfwng economaidd a sbardunwyd gan y pandemig ac argyfwng parhaus yr hinsawdd a natur. 

Rwy’n awyddus i weithio gyda phartneriaid a sefydliadau i gynorthwyo Llywodraeth Cymru i ddatblygu ymateb i’r argyfwng a fydd yn caniatáu i Gymru ‘adeiladu nôl yn well’. 

 

Pum argymhelliad Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol… 

  1. Datblygu pecyn ysgogi economaidd sy’n arwain at greu swyddi ac sy’n cynorthwyo datgarboneiddio cartrefi, drwy adeiladu tai newydd carbon isel fforddiadwy a buddsoddi mewn rhaglen genedlaethol i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni cartrefi presennol.
  2. Buddsoddi mewn gwell dulliau o gysylltu a symud pobl, drwy wella cysylltedd digidol, teithio llesol a thrafnidiaeth gyhoeddus.
  3. Buddsoddi mewn sgiliau a hyfforddiant i gynorthwyo’r trawsnewid i well dyfodol, gan greu swyddi newydd gwyrddach. 
  4. Buddsoddi mewn natur a rhoi blaenoriaeth i ariannu a chymorth graddfa fawr i adferiad cynefinoedd a bywyd gwyllt, creu a chysylltedd ledled Gymru – yn cynnwys ar gyfer amddiffynfeydd llifogydd naturiol, gweithredu’r goedwig genedlaethol newydd a sicrhau bod rheoli defnydd tir ac amaeth yn cynorthwyo sicrhad cadwyni bwyd lleol a dosbarthu. 
  5. Buddsoddi yn niwydiannau a thechnolegau’r dyfodol, a chynorthwyo busnesau, a fydd yn helpu Cymru i arwain y chwyldro carbon isel a chloi cyfoeth a swyddi mewn ardaloedd lleol gyda buddsoddiad yn yr economi sylfaenol. 

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Thousands of volunteers across Wales help restore hedgerows

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Over the past 3 years, the Long Forest project aimed at making ‘hedgerows important again’ has worked with over 3,000 volunteers to plant over 119,000 trees within hedgerows across Wales. The army of volunteers have physically improved 34,628 metres of hedgerow with a further 113, 063 metres now under a regime of progressive improvement despite working through drought, flooding, ‘The Beast from the East’ and Storms Ciara and Dennis!

The Long Forest project has also established 8 community tree nurseries which are raising young tree stock from locally collected native seed, a sustainable method of helping future tree-planting schemes and protection against tree disease being introduced via imported stock.  As a project there has been an emphasis on education, delivering formal training for over 100 landowners across Wales and over 1000 volunteers received training on hedgerow management. There are also free online resources on hedgerow management available on the Long Forest website www.longforest.cymru.

The Long Forest app was created, which was designed to engage members of the general public with hedgerows and learn about tree identification. The easy to use surveying app has generated over 48,000 metres of hedgerow data which will allow an understanding of how our landscape is changing in Wales.

The Long Forest Project has been developed by Keep Wales Tidy in partnership with the Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Hannah Wilcox Brooke, Long Forest Project Co-ordinator, Keep Wales Tidy said;

“We are delighted to have delivered such fantastic results across Wales that are sustainable and continue to improve our Welsh landscape. Thank you to all the thousands of volunteers who were involved across Wales’

If you would like to learn more about the Long Forest Project or access the free resources, visit www.longforest.cymru for more information.[:]

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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Exciting Job Opportunity with Keep Wales Tidy

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Keep Wales Tidy currently have an opportunity for a Marketing Director to support new and exciting opportunities. This is a new role and are looking for an inspiring and entrepreneurial person who will be responsible for ensuring the successful development and delivery of the marketing strategy.

 

Marketing Director

Location             Cardiff – office based

Hours of Work   35 hours per week

Salary                  £48,000

Tenure               Permanent position, subject to continuing funding

The closing date for all applications is midday 5 February 2020

Interviews to be held on: 12 February 2020

 

Please note that all interviews will be held on 12 February, so please consider this when submitting your application.

Further information and how to apply here https://www.keepwalestidy.cymru/Pages/FAQs/Category/vacancies

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