For the first time, the Welsh Government will be holding a series of free, digital and interactive events across one week, where anyone passionate about climate change can join conversations with national and global policy makers, campaigners and innovators about how climate change can be tackled.

Throughout the week, the sessions will cover issues involving agriculture, young people, hospitals and schools, as well as fashion, businesses, mobility and much more. Most importantly, it will provide practical examples of what individuals and organisations can do themselves to help fight against Wales’ climate emergency. 

Programme

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Opening Wales Climate Week 2020
10:30  to  11:30

The challenge of climate change requires everyone to act. The Welsh Government is hosting Wales Climate Week to bring people across Wales together to tackle key climate issues and to mark a year until the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 and the new All Wales Low Carbon Delivery Plan. Set in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, geopolitical upheaval and the increasing need to ensure social and environmental justice, countries across the world must come together, raise their ambition and drive action. 

This session will set the context for Wales Climate Week and explore the role and ambition of Welsh voices at COP 26.

Speakers:
Mark Drakeford. First Minister of Wales.
Nigel Topping. UK High Level Climate Action Champion.
Chris Stark. Chief Executive. UK Committee on Climate Change.
Wales’ ground-breaking Wellbeing of Future Generations Act
13:00  to  14:00

In Wales we do things differently. We have a law which helps us work together to improve our environment, our economy, our society and our culture. This is called the Well-being of Future Generations Act. 

Wales is the first country in the world to legislate for the well-being of current and future generations in a way that ties in with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Well-being of Future Generations Act is designed to facilitate positive outcomes for the people of Wales, our planet, for current and future generations. 

This session will be a chance for three leading Welsh voices to discuss what the Act means for the environment, how it influences Welsh action on climate change, and to reflect on their cumulative experience of leading action to tackle the climate emergency. Join this conversation between the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, the World’s First Statutory independent Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and the Welsh Representative of the UK Committee on Climate Change to hear their insights, reflections and ambition.

Speakers:
Lesley Griffiths MS. Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. Welsh Government.
Dr Rebecca Heaton. Welsh Representative. UK Committee on Climate Change.
Sophie Howe. Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.
Wales’ Role in the World and International Collaboration
14:00  to  15:00

Next year the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) comes to the UK, where world leaders will come together to tackle climate change by making new commitments and looking at how we can evolve the ‘rule book’ to meet this unprecedented challenge. This also offers us a unique opportunity to share and learn from one another. With a challenge as significant as climate change, collaboration is key. 

Over the last 20 years, Wales has been leading action to ensure sustainability begins not just at home, but can be seen in all of our global actions. Conversely, the actions our global partners can also help drive change in Wales. This event will be looking at how different countries are taking action on climate change in their communities and how we can share and learn from our global colleagues. 

Speakers:
Lesley Griffiths MS. Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. Welsh Government.
Patricia Fuller. Ambassador for Climate Change. Government of Canada.
Elspeth Jones. Director. Size of Wales.
Tina Völker. Head of Unit. (MWIDE) NRW.
Tim Ash Vie. Director. Under2 Coalition Secretariat Climate Group.
How Communties are taking action: Voices from the Grass roots
15:00  to  16:30

This is a panel discussion hearing how different communities are taking action in different ways.

Speakers:
Gwydion Ilan ap Wynn. Project Manager. Y Dref Werdd.
Heather McClure. Director. Aber Food Surplus.
Jim Bowen. Manager. Clynfyw Care Farm.
Ann MacGarry. Town Councillor. Machynlleth.
Ian Thomas. Development Manager. Welcome to our Woods.
Dr Kate Hamilton. Programme Director. Renew Wales.
Holly Cross. Director (Secretary). CARE.