Wales Goes Green to tackle climate change
Schools and businesses across Wales will today turn green in support of rainforests with environmental charity Size of Wales as part of GO GREEN DAY.
Local schools and businesses will join a national day of action – #GoGreenDay – today by going green to support climate change charity, Size of Wales. From wearing green socks to green wigs and face paints, hundreds of people across Wales will raise funds to tackle climate change by helping to protect an area of rainforest twice the size of our nation.
Schools from Caerphilly to Wrexham will join other schools up and down Wales for this national day of action, by dressing up in green, holding non-uniform days and playing Go Green Games.
Businesses across Wales are also signing up as champions to run Go Green Day in their workplace. Ammanford business Corgi Hosiery have designed limited edition green socks while Cardiff based Minuteman Press have designed and printed a special Go Green Day colouring book to sell. Other business across the country will hold bake sales and raffles and donate the proceeds to the charity.
Check out some of the fantastic Go Green Champions fundraising activities:
The Principality Stadium staff will be wearing green, hosting a bake sale and encouraging staff to commute sustainably. Those who commute by car will have to donate to the Size of Wales.
Cardiff Metropolitan University – Student volunteers will be taking part in a litter pick, student volunteers to get involved in a variety of events on Go Green Day, running a waste awareness stand and bag packing at the local Tesco.
Bridgend College – Go Green Week is taking place in Bridgend College with a Meat Free Monday, Run, bike or Walk to college Tuesday, Waste not Wednesday, Boys Berry Bake off Challenge and Shwmae ‘Power Down & Go Green Friday.
Melin Homes – All week Melin Homes have been selling raffle tickets and have a map of Wales selling place names to staff for a £1, a winner will be randomly chosen. On the 14 Melin is creating a book forest, wearing green and giving staff the opportunity to get a green map of wales for their cheek!
Newport City Homes – Newport City Homes are hosting a raffle and staff are donating £1 to wear green.
Pillgwenlly Primary School’s Eco-council are creating flower designs for the offices and writing sustainability pledges.
Innovate Trust are running a morning of fun activities in Victoria Park, Canton which includes a quiz, a treasure hunt, a bake sale, best green outfit competition and team building games with more than 20 people!
Nus Wales will be all dressed in green and will be running a GO Green lunch where staff are bringing a green food item to work to make a ‘green salad and fruit salad’.
Big Issue have arranged a Green afternoon tea with organic green tea and vegan cakes
Go Green Launch at the Principality Stadium
A launch event is also being held at the Principality Stadium which Paralympics gold medallist Aled Davies MBE will attend alongside other Go Green champions and politicians.
Claire Raisin, Director of Size of Wales said: “We’re really impressed with the amazing ideas people are coming up with to go green in their own way for Go Green Day. We’re excited that so many people are on board, and hope the whole of Wales will join in with the day. And what’s great is that every penny donated during Go Green Day will be doubled!”
She continued: “If you’d like to take part, it’s not too late. You can follow everything on #GoGreenDay or go online to find out more and to make a donation gogreen.sizeofwales.org.uk”
Money raised for Size of Wales will be spent on a range of projects that will help protect tropical forests, from supporting communities to gain land rights, to buying tree seedlings and funding rangers. Supporters and partners of the project are currently linked directly to communities and projects in Africa and South America.
The world’s rainforests absorb around a fifth of the world’s man-made carbon dioxide emissions and Size of Wales aims to raise awareness of the importance of rainforest protection, as part of Wales’ national response to climate change. Having reached its initial £2 million target, and successfully helping to protect an area of rainforest the size of Wales, the project now hopes Go Green Day 2016 will have a significant impact in helping towards its new target of supporting an area of rainforest twice the size of Wales.
To find out more visit www.sizeofwales.org.uk
Size of Wales inspires a whole nation to protect an area of tropical forest equivalent to the size of the Wales as part of a national response to climate change. The Cardiff-based charity supports tropical forests in Africa and South America. Size of Wales reached its initial target of raising £2 million and helped to protect 2 million hectares of tropical forest (the size of Wales) in 2013. Since then the project has continued to work with schools, employers, individuals and communities of Wales to sustain these forests and protect even more, recently announcing that it will aim to double its impact by helping to protect forests twice the size of Wales.