Sam Warburton calls on Wales to go green

People across the country will go green today in a show of support for rainforests.

From Cardiff to Caernarfon, schools, groups and individuals will be dressing in green clothes and baking green cakes to raise funds for Size of Wales, a unique Welsh charity that’s tackling climate change by protecting an area of rainforest the size of our fair nation.

Welsh rugby captain Sam Warburton is getting behind the initiative; “I’m used to wearing red with pride for Wales but today, on Go Green Day, I’m supporting wearing green, knowing that I’m helping forests and our climate,” he said.

“It’s great to see the people of Wales coming together to raise a bit of cash for such a good cause. Wales is unique in sustaining this much rainforest; we’re helping to look after 2 million rugby pitches of rainforest – an area the size of Wales!

“Today is a good day to be Welsh, so come on Wales, go green with Size of Wales!” he continued.

Often used as a negative measurement for deforestation, Cardiff-based charity Size of Wales has worked tirelessly over the last four years to turn the phrase on its head. ‘Size of Wales’ is now a part of the solution rather than a measure of the problem.

This is the third year that Go Green Day, a national awareness-raising day, has been held. Schools and workplaces across Wales will be undertaking green activities from bring & buy sales, to bake sales and eco-fashion shows.

Backed by HRH Prince of Wales, the project also has the royal seal of approval.

“Size of Wales is an impressive example of Wales’ commitment to positive ‘hands on’ action to help protect the world’s forests and our climate,” HRH said.

“Helping to sustain an area of tropical forest equivalent in size to 2 million rugby pitches is a significant achievement and, importantly, shows great leadership to other nations around the world.”

Claire Raisin, Director of Size of Wales, is excited by Wales’ appetite for Go Green Day; “Tropical rainforests are vital to the world’s climate, they absorb nearly a fifth of global man-made C02 emissions every year. We’re delighted to see so many people across Wales coming together to help protect and sustain forests for future generations.”

“It’s so easy to get involved, simply wear something green or bake a green cake, and donate a few quid – every penny counts. All funds donated to Size of Wales will be doubled by our brilliant match fund; donate £5 and it will be doubled to £10 at no extra cost.”

For more information, or to donate, go to www.sizeofwales.org.uk

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