Organisations and groups across Wales are already helping communities to take action and be resilient to the impacts of a changing climate in a range of areas.

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world. It is not simply an environmental problem: it has implications for the wellbeing of people here in Wales, and across the world. The world saw more than 120 climate related disasters during 2015, according to the World Bank, causing huge environmental and economic damage and taking a terrible toll on communities.

These impacts have also been felt closer to home, for example in increased flooding, which is estimated to have caused over £71 million of damage, impacting on communities, the economy, and transport infrastructure. The third sector has huge potential to tackle both the causes and consequences of climate change. It is uniquely placed to reach and support people, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable.

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A Third Sector Guide to Climate Change

Climate change can seem an overwhelming or distant issue with little influence on your daily work.

However, as we all share the same planet and natural resources, all people and organisations have the potential to be negatively affected by a changing climate and understanding this can help us prepare and plan better.

This guide is designed to give you a basic understanding of climate issues and where to find further support to help you manage your climate risks and make better decisions for a changing future.


Climate Reports

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Report 2017

A new independent evidence report to Government has been published by the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee on Climate Change. It sets out the most urgent risks and opportunities arising for the UK from climate change to help inform the next UK Climate Change Risk Assessment due in January 2017. Identified risks include flooding and coastal change risks to communities, businesses and infrastructure, risks to domestic and international food production and trade and risks of new and emerging pests and diseases.  The Evidence Report, consisting of eight individual chapters, has been written by expert lead authors supported by co-authors with particular specialties. A summary of key findings and priorities for the next 5 years is also available.

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State of the UK Climate 2016 Report
The Met Office 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report shows 2016 was the 13th warmest year (records dating back to 1910). This report provides a summary of the UK weather and climate through the calendar year 2016 and is the third annual 'State of the UK climate' produced by the Met Office. It provides an accessible, authoritative and up-to-date assessment of UK climate trends, variations and extremes based on the latest available climate quality observational datasets.

State of the Climate 2015 Report

This year's SoC has an emphasis on ecosystems; several chapters have dedicated a sidebar to the complex relationship between a changing climate and its impact on living systems. This notion of connectedness-between climate, landscape, and life; between our daily work and the expression of its meaning; between planetary-scale drivers and humble living things; between the abstraction and rigor of data and the reality and complexity of their importance; and especially between one generation and the next-inspires and informs much of the work within this volume.

Get Involved!

Love Food Hate Waste
The  Love Food Hate Waste campaign highlights the negative impact on the environment caused by over-producing and wasting food - especially if it then ends up in landfill. In the UK, we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten.
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If we stopped throwing this good food away it would save the equivalent of at least 17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, the same positive benefit as taking 1 in every 4 cars off our roads. It would also save the average household £60 a month and could be used to help address food poverty. The  Love Food Hate Waste campaign website has tips for individuals wanting to avoid food waste and also provides free training sessions with tips around buying, storing and using food.


FareShare Cymru
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FareShare Cymru works to fight food poverty by tackling food waste. It takes surplus edible food from the food and drink industry that would otherwise be thrown away and redistributes it to organisations in Wales that feed people in need. This turns an environmental problem into a social solution. There are an estimated 200,000 people in food poverty in Wales. If you are a charity or community group that is helping provide food to people in need, you can apply to be a Fareshare Community member and receive supplies of surplus donated food.