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Events planned across Wales to celebrate Great Big Green Week

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Communities across Wales will be coming together next week to show their support for Great Big Green Week, a UK-wide celebration of climate action.

More than 4,500 events are happening up and down the country, giving people the opportunity to stand up against the effects of climate change and show their support for taking urgent action to help protect people, nature and places across the world.

Opportunities for people from Wales to lend their support include:

·      St David’s Peninsula Great Big Green Week, 18 – 24 September, St David’s Peninsula: among the events planned are an EcoDewi Courtyard Takeover at Oriel y Parc; film nights including a screening of David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet; the county council’s Net Zero plans, Câr-y-Môr’s regenerative 3D ocean farming and the National Trust’s plans for Southwood Estate

  • Harvest Plant Share, 19 September, Abergele: a seed sharing project in Abergele where sustainable recipes and ingredients will be shared, as well as live music
  • The Big Green Cabaret, 20 September, Cardiff: creator and activist Kayza Rose is laying on a climate justice inspired show designed to energise and entertain people in the Welsh capital, supported by Ben & Jerry’s who are laying on free vegan ice cream
  • Bangor Great Big Green Week, 21 September, Bangor: including a collection of events by African environmentalists inspired by a love for Wales and a Climate Action Awareness event at the Bangor African and Caribbean Centre on 21 September
  • Community Wind Farm Project, 21 September, Neath Port Talbot: Awel Aman Tawe is a community energy charity re -investing revenues from its wind power generation project to benefit the surrounding community. They have just bought a former primary school and are refurbishing it as a Zero-Carbon Arts, Education and Enterprise Centre

Great Big Green Week runs from 18 to the 26 of September and is spearheaded by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. Its members include the National Trust, WWF, Women’s Institute, Oxfam and RSPB. Other partners include BT, the British Mountaineering Council and the Manchester United Foundation.

Fiona Dear, Head of Campaigns at The Climate Coalition, commented: “Action against climate change is the fight that unites people across Wales, across the UK and around the world. That’s why so many of us are getting together for Great Big Green Week. In the next few months the UK Government has a unique opportunity, as host of the United Nations COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, to show real leadership in the fight against climate change.

“The public is looking to the Prime Minister to deliver a clear plan to limit a rise in temperature to stop floods, heatwaves and droughts getting even worse. This must mean cutting emissions and no new fossil fuel projects so we can limit global heating to 1.5 degrees, protecting nature and increasing financial support and green job opportunities to people on the frontline of the climate crisis at home and abroad.

“Climate change is a powerful adversary but we know that if we act soon, and work together, we can stop its worst consequences”.

To find events that are taking place near you, and how you can get involved, visit www.greatbiggreenweek.com