HRH Prince Of Wales Visit 2017 – Press Release

The Prince of Wales meets with children tackling climate change

Interviews and high-res images available from:
Lowri Jenkins 07950 355508 [email protected]

The Prince of Wales met with school children taking part in a climate change education programme today.

Pupils from Blenheim Road Community Primary School in Cwmbran welcomed His Royal Highness to their school to show how Wales’ young people are taking action on climate change.

The event was hosted by Size of Wales, a climate change charity which is helping to protect an area of rainforest twice the size of the nation as part of Wales’ national response to climate change.

Launched by The Prince of Wales in 2010, Size of Wales works with schools, employers and community groups across Wales to help protect four million hectares of rainforest in Africa and South America. Its education programme provides free assemblies and workshops to show the importance of rainforests and to empower young people to take action against climate change.

“Rainforests are crucial to the world’s climate. Tropical deforestation causes more CO2 emissions than all the world’s transport combined so it’s vital that we help protect them.” Claire Raisin, Director of Size of Wales said.

“Young people really understand this so it’s great to see how they are taking action. We’re honoured to have His Royal Highness visiting our education programme to see this for himself too” she continued.

Following a workshop on rainforests and climate change, pupils from the school took part in the charity’s national day of action, Go Green Day in October and raised over £300. This money will be doubled thanks to the Size of Wales’ innovative match fund.

“The children have learnt so much about climate change and the importance of rainforests through Size of Wales’ workshops. It’s really great for them to know they can take small actions and make a real difference.” said Marie Galeozzi Eco-Schools Co-ordinator at Blenheim Road Community Primary.

“We’re so pleased and honoured to have His Royal Highness visiting us today, and to be able to show him how we’re tackling climate change.” she finished.

As part of the visit His Royal Highness helped the school’s eco-club plant a tree in their school ground. This launched a twinning programme, which links the Cwmbran school with a school in Uganda, who will also plant a tree in their grounds.

 

Notes to editors

Interviews & high-res images available from: Lowri Jenkins: 07950 355508 [email protected]

Size of Wales is a unique Welsh initiative to help sustain and protect an area of rainforest twice the Size of Wales as part of our 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 £2million and protecting an area of tropical forest the size of Wales in 2013, and celebrated this milestone with HRH the Prince of Wales. The charity has been continuing to work with schools, employers, individuals and communities of Wales to sustain these forests and protect even more. The charity recently announced it will aim to double its impact by helping to protect forests twice the size of Wales.

Size of Wales is an independent charity and its core costs are covered meaning that all funds raised go to forest projects in need. Every penny raised is matched by the partners of Size of Wales. www.sizeofwales.org.uk

Watch the Size of Wales video HERE