You made the past year possible – supporting our work and our team at WWF Cymru.
We’ve been inspired be the actions from communities, schools, individuals and organisations throughout 2021.
With your support, here’s what we achieved…
WWF Cymru's Manifesto for change
You supported our manifesto for how, together, we can create a Wales fit for future generations. Although we live in uncertain times, facing a global pandemic alongside a climate and nature crisis, we have seen the possibilities and the change needed to achieve it.
We challenged the new Welsh Government to respond to the opportunities that lay ahead by pledging to:
- Deliver a green and just economy.
- Reform the food system so it delivers for nature and people.
- Put nature on the path to recovery.
We must value nature as the foundation for a healthy society which promotes a sustainable economy. And become a nation that takes responsibility for how our actions at home have a global impact and vice versa.
Street Art Project
We teamed up Literature Wales and pupils at Ysgol Gynradd Dewi Sant, Rhyl; Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi, Cardigan and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Ynyswen, Treorchy to write poems which have been transformed into three inspiring works of public art.
The poetry street art project highlights the importance of tackling the climate and nature crisis for future generations in Wales.
The murals will be on display for the foreseeable future and were turned into animations for the COP26 climate conference.
The first Wales Nature & Climate Youth Summit
In July, we co-organised the first Wales Climate & Nature Youth Summit - engaging pupils and young people across Wales.
We gave them the chance to talk directly to the new Welsh Government and hold them to account on their pre-election promises.
The Summit was held in partnership between WWF Cymru, Size of Wales, Youth Climate Ambassadors and Keep Wales Tidy (Eco-Schools).
Ideas and questions from the sessions contributed towards an Action Plan by the Wales Youth Climate Ambassadors.
We launched ‘Wales & Global Responsibility’
Towards the end of the year, we launched a First of it’s kind report.
The report revealed that an area equivalent to 40% of the size of Wales is used overseas to grow a handful of commodities imported into Wales.
30% of this land used to grow Welsh imports of commodities such as palm, soy and beef is in countries at risk/high risk of deforestation, habitat loss and social exploitation.
But we have the Solutions. By taking steps to tackle our environmental footprint overseas we can play our part in tackling the global climate and nature crisis.
Global forests and habitats not only provide an irreplaceable home for indigenous peoples and local communities and wildlife, but play a crucial role in our planet’s health and future survival.
We teamed up with Nathan Wyburn, Iwan Rheon and the restaurant Ansh, to shine a spotlight on the issue! The artwork, originally created using sustainable foods highlighted in the report, can be viewed it’s new home at Ansh, Cardiff.
Welsh Government have committed to act, but we now need to hold them to account to deliver.