Size of Wales is all about mobilising the people of Wales to support forest communities to protect their tropical forests, meaning those wonderful, natural carbon capture machines (trees!) are helping us all by mitigating the impacts of climate change.
We had a brilliant response from businesses across Wales during our recent Go Green Day campaign, and we’re appealing for more ongoing support to really push our work forward, with your help.
We already have some amazing partners – from public bodies; retailers; festival and event organisers; and housing associations. Approaches to tackle climate change need to come from all levels of society, from government to businesses and each and every individual. Read on and perhaps you’ll be inspired to help your business become more environmentally friendly and aware, whilst supporting Size of Wales.
Back in late 2018, SportPursuit (an online outdoor and sports retailer) contacted us wanting to plant trees. They decided to support our 10 Trees for Christmas campaign where donations go towards the Mbale Trees Programme in Uganda. On Christmas Eve, every order placed on their website would result in 10 trees planted in Mbale. Staff were also given the option to plant trees in place of their usual Christmas gift. As a result, SportPursuit planted 10,000 trees in Uganda!
Eartha, a house plant shop based in Cardiff also holds regular promotions on behalf of Size for our campaigns, where the sale of each house plant results in a tree planted. Eartha owner, Stephen said: “I’m so grateful that I get to support such a wonderful charity; meaning that not only do my customers get to take home a plant but they’re also actively helping to empower communities in another part of the world, whilst also combatting climate change. My customers are always pleased when I tell them what else their purchase represents, particularly as it’s at no extra cost to them.”
Arts Council of Wales’ new partnership with Size of Wales looks to fulfil their commitment to the Well-being and Future Generations Act and their wider environmental pledge. Our work with Arts Council will support our climate change projects and connect them with the communities they will be supporting.
Melin Homes, a South Wales based Housing Association, reward staff members through their ‘Diolch’ initiative – formally showing appreciation and thanking their staff for a job well done – by planting trees on their behalf. Size of Wales issue a certificate for each staff member, each time a donation is made on account of their hard work. New recruits to the housing association can also expect trees planted in their name to welcome them to their new position.
National Theatre Wales’ TEAM recently contacted us about an upcoming community project in Pembrokeshire, the theme – as chosen by the local community – is climate change and the environment. To ensure environmental awareness and action runs through all the operations of this project, they contacted Size of Wales and we’ll be working together over the coming months to support this production and help them mitigate its environmental impact.
The organisers behind Freerotation festival are committed to ensuring the planet is a better place as a result of their festival and they mobilise their dedicated community of festival goers to do the same. Profits from the sales of t-shirts and resuable cups are donated to Size each year. Some of the acts even donate their fee, and Freerotation go one step further by donating to help mitigate the emissions produced by the travel of their acts and guests. Suzy said “Supporting Size of Wales is deeply important to us on so many levels. We’re impressed that Size of Wales works with local indigenous communities in an holistic way so that people, nature, and wildlife can co-exist and thrive together in a mutually supportive relationship. This is vitally important to create sustainable local solutions to global problems, and help to protect indigenous societies from corporate abuse, from being pushed from ancestral lands, and from cultural annihilation in the name of profit. These are the people who know how to live in harmony with our Earth and we need to learn from them.”
We’ve recently partnered with Run 4 Wales, the event delivery organisation behind mass participation events such as the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon and ABP Newport Wales Marathon. As part of their new Green Action Plan, they are looking to minimise the impact their events have on the environment by cutting plastics, reducing waste and avoiding unsustainable materials – so approached us to see how we could help. They are now offering Cardiff Half runners the option to donate to Size of Wales at the point of registration, with a choice between £3, £5 or £10. It’s a great way to raise awareness to such a large number of people and it’s also great to see so many of this year’s participants donating! We will also have a stall at the Cardiff Half Event Village, so please come along and say hello if you, friends or family are taking part!
The Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales are, as you’d expect, committed to ensuring a healthy planet and each year they make a donation to Size of Wales to mitigate the emissions caused through electricity, waste and travel to events and conferences.
A big thank you to all our partners and those who did wonderful fundraising and awareness raising activities this Go Green Day. Get in touch with us to discuss how you could support the world’s tropical forests and contribute to our mission to mitigate the impacts of climate change whilst empowering forest communities.