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Give nature a helping hand. Hundreds of new free garden packages available to communities

Last year, more than 500 gardens were created, restored and enhanced through Local Places for Nature. Community groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes got involved – from disability charities and youth groups to social enterprises and carer groups. 

Applications have now reopened, and communities are being urged to get involved early to avoid missing out. You can choose from small-scale fruit and herb, pollinator and urban gardens, or larger-scale wildlife and food growing gardens.   

Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy Louise Tambini said: 

“Over the past year, more people than ever have come to appreciate the value of nature on their doorstep. But urgent action must be taken to give reverse its decline. That’s why we’re so excited to reopen applications for Local Places for Nature.  

“Thanks to the ongoing support of Welsh Government and our partners, hundreds of new gardens will be taking shape across the country over the next few months.” 

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

Minister for Climate Change Julie James said:  

The pandemic has given us all a greater appreciation of nature and the way in which it underpins our health, economy and wider wellbeing. 

“The environment will be at the heart of our new government’s decision making, so I am delighted that we can continue to support our communities to do their bit to help out our plants, birds and pollinators across Wales. I encourage you to get together to take advantage of this funding so you can give nature a helping hand.” 

Hundreds of free garden packages are available. To apply, visit the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru/nature  

A Zero Carbon World

As you will have learnt from earlier on in this course, climate change will affect every aspect of society. In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to take drastic action and begin the transition towards becoming a zero carbon world by 2050.

In this section, we will explore whether a zero carbon society is possible and what it would look like from a UK perspective. By the end of this lesson, you will have:

  • Gained an understanding of key policies and statistics relating to climate change

Explored what a zero carbon world could look like and your role in relation to this transition

Congratulations on completing the Climate Ready Gwent Carbon Literacy course!

Congratulations!

You have reached the end of this section.

Your next step is to attend the webinars for modules two to five

Between the webinars, your tutor will ask you to make use of additional resources provided on this site.

You can access the resources on the next page or at this point you can log out and come back later.

See you in the webinars!

Adapting to Climate Changes

Optional

Recommended for executive management and asset/estates managers

Watch this short two minute video from the UK Committee on Climate Change:

Following on from watching “UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 – Urgent priorities for the UK”, please reflect on:

How do you think that the following groups and aspects of Gwent will be affected by climate change?

  • Employees of your organisation, residents and communities
  • The services your organisation provides
  • Infrastructure and the built environment
  • Local economy and businesses
    • Ecosystems

Then add your thoughts to this Padlet.

Climate Change – Definitions

Essential for All

We will now spend some more time exploring key climate change terminology and science. In this and the following three topics, you will be asked to download a short presentation covering the Basic Science of Climate Change.

In the presentation below we will cover: Climate relevant definitions:

Both versions are narrated. In order to hear the narration it is important that you download the presentation rather than view it online. If you download “The standard PowerPoint”, you will also find the script in the notes. Once you have watched the presentation, please move on to the next topic.

Size of Wales Job Opportunity: Advocacy Policy and Outreach Officer

[:en]Size of Wales are looking for an Advocacy, Policy and Outreach Officer to join our growing team. This role will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of Size of Wales’ policy & advocacy outreach activities. These activities focus on a new campaign, launched by Size of Wales in 2020, to make Wales a “deforestation free nation” – moving Wales towards eliminating imported deforestation from our economy. The campaign encourages public bodies, businesses, community groups and individuals in Wales to commit to taking steps to eliminate imported deforestation from their supply chains. The campaign focuses in particular on imported beef, soy, palm oil, cacao and coffee.

The successful candidate will have a passion for environmental sustainability and experience of delivering successful advocacy, policy and community outreach work, ideally in Wales. We are looking for a creative and strategic thinker with excellent research, analytical and written communication skills.   You will be highly organised, able to manage your own workload and be ready to help drive forward this exciting and expanding area of Size of Wales’ work. We strongly encourage applications from Welsh speakers for this role.

The role is for 3 or 4 days a week and is offered as a fixed term employment contract for approximately 7 months (until June 2021) or as a secondment. The role may become a long-term position, subject to funding. Salary for the role is in the range of £22,000 – £27,000 (pro rata) dependent on experience. The package of benefits includes a 6% pension contribution, 30 days annual leave including bank holidays (pro rata) and a flexible working’ policy. The role is home based but working with a team based in and around Cardiff.

Applications by letter and supporting CV to recruitment@sizeofwales.org.uk (please put ‘Advocacy Officer, Size of Wales’ in the subject line.) Closing date for applications is 8th November 2020 but interviews are likely to be conducted on a rolling basis prior to the closing date and an appointment made sooner if a strong candidate is found.

For more information visit the Size of Wales website.[:]

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