Go Green Day is back! This year we are bringing people across Wales together to take grassroots action on overseas deforestation.

The campaign takes place on 24th June 2022 with activities happening throughout that week. Our aim is to raise awareness about overseas deforestation and raise money for the communities affected by it.

Why take action?

Every year the planet loses around twelve million hectares of tropical forest – six times the size of Wales! In 2021, this was equivalent to losing 10 football pitches of forest every minute!

In Wales, a handful of everyday products, such as imported beef, chicken fed with soy, palm oil, coffee and cacao are driving deforestation. You can learn more about this in our Wales and Global Responsibility report.

Go Green Day is an opportunity to stand with Indigenous Peoples to protect forests and tackle climate change.

How you can get involved
  • Raise money: Wear green, hold a Fairtrade coffee morning or simply donate online.
  • Raise awareness: Run a quiz, use our education resources and share the campaign on social media using the hashtag #GoGreenDay22
  • Take action: Take steps to protect forests and eliminate deforestation from your diet. Write to your local council and ask them to take deforestation off school menus.

Your donations will make an enormous impact on communities in places like the Congo Basin and the Brazilian Amazon. Every pound raised this week will be matched meaning your fundraising has double the impact!

As part of Go Green Day, we will be holding a week of activities to inspire people to take action.

Monday: Be informed

  • Learn about the products causing deforestation by reading our Forest Risk Commodity Cards.
  • Help us spread the word about Go Green Day by sharing our campaign video using the hashtag #GoGreenDay22 / #DiwrnodGwyrdd22

Tuesday: Get inspired

Wednesday: Celebrate World Rainforest Day

  • Meet the Wampís in our new video about deforestation and how we can all help.
  • Learn about the Wampís breakfast scheme and design your own forest-friendly meal.
  • Awaken, Energise and Transform by tuning in into the Films for the Forest festival.

Thursday: Take action

  • Write to your council about making school meals forest friendly.

Friday: Go Green!

  • Dress up in green and raise money for communities tackling deforestation. All donations will be doubled!
  • Schools – take part in our Rainforest quiz with the legendary Nigel! (Register here)
  • Post pictures and videos of what you’re doing on Twitter and tag us @SizeofWales.
This series of resources will help you to explain why tropical forests are so important, why deforestation is happening and what you can do to help in your school.

Please first read this guide on how to use the resources.

Elon the Elephant

A simple story introducing the problem of deforestation.

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Help to save the rainforests with Elon the Elephant

A Powerpoint explaining simply why rainforests are important, one reason they’re being destroyed and what we can do to help.

Download

Forest risk commodity cards

A series of cards explaining the risks of different forest commodities

Download

Deforestation Detectives 1

A PowerPoint explaining how growing palm oil can cause deforestation.

Download

Deforestation Detectives 2

A PowerPoint exploring other commodities that cause deforestation including beef and soy.

Download

Forest friendly meal checker quiz

A quiz that asks a series of questions to determine how forest-friendly (or not) a school meal is.

Open here

Design your own forest-friendly meal

A PowerPoint that revisits forest risk commodities and uses the example of the Wampis breakfast scheme to inspire.

Download

Write to your local council

Sign our letter to your local council to encourage them to source foods that don’t cause deforestation.

Download

Size of Wales works with Indigenous and local communities around the world to support their efforts to protect forests. The communities and projects we are supporting for Go Green Day 2022 include:
The Wampís — Peruvian Amazon

The Wampís’ forest in the Peruvian Amazon is vital to the global fight against climate change. However, extractive industries, through illegal and even legal economies are operating without Free, Prior and Informed Consent in indigenous territories which is causing deforestation. This project supports the Wampís’ to monitor land use, challenge illegal activities, and strengthen the community’s voice.

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The Guarani —  Atlantic Forest

This project supports the Guarani people and their representative organisation, the Comissão Guarani Yvyrupa (CGY) to consolidate their rights and protect their territory against the degradation of the biome, essential for the existence of these people. It also seeks to strengthen the Guarani’s spiritual and agricultural practises and promote the voices of Indigenous women.

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The Ogiek — Mount Elgon

Despite a proven track record of maintaining their forests, the Ogiek community of Mt Elgon, Kenya, have suffered ongoing evictions from their ancestral lands. This project aims to support them to seek legal recognition of their territory, run an awareness-raising campaign, and preserve traditional cultural practices.

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Communities in the Congo Basin

Rates of deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are some of the highest in the world. But, in areas where local communities manage the land, these rates are significantly lower. This project aims to achieve a long-term decrease in deforestation by tracking and collating data from community-managed forests and to gain a better understanding of how this model can be improved and expanded throughout the Congo Basin.

Learn more

The Yanomami, Ye’kuana and Munduruku — Brazilian Amazon

The region of Uraricoera totals 1.2 million hectares of tropical forest which is under threat from illegal mining. This project trains Indigenous youth leaders to use drones and tablets to capture high-resolution images. It allows them to better protect their lands through effective monitoring and advocacy campaigns.

More information coming soon

With all 272,000 primary school pupils in Wales set to receive free meals, we want councils to ensure this food isn’t driving deforestation overseas.

Ask your local authority to take action in three easy steps

  • Find your Local Authorities and Councillor(s)s by clicking here.
  • Download our template letter below and add your thoughts
  • Email or send a letter to your Councillor(s)
Letter template download

We have two versions the template letter: One for adults and one for schools

Facts about Wales’ tropical forest footprint

Seventy-three per cent of all tropical deforestation is caused by the production of just a handful of agricultural commodities – these are products we buy, use and consume in Wales every day.

  • An area equivalent to 40 per cent the size of Wales is required to grow Welsh imports of cocoa, palm, beef, leather, natural rubber, soy, timber, paper and pulp every year.
  • Thirty per cent of these imports come from countries classed as high or very high-risk for deforestation, habitat conversion and social issues, such a forced or child labour.
  • Welsh livestock consumes:
    • Nearly 80% of Welsh soy imports for livestock feed
    • Over 50% of Welsh palm oil imports for livestock feed
  • Wales consumes more corned beef compared to the UK average meaning Wales has a higher proportion of its beef land footprint in Brazil.

To learn more, see the Wales and Global Responsibility report from Size of Wales and WWF Cymru