The Champions Year 2011
The five 2011 Champions were announced on 31 January at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. The Champions met the Environment Minister and unveiled the ‘11 actions for 2011’. A giant low carbon model was used to show the 11 actions.
The Champions also met with some of the previous Champions to discuss what they had enjoyed most and give some tips for their year ahead!
In February, the Champions set up their monthly blogs and local radio slots. Bronwen, Hannah and Tom teamed up with a local launderette to encourage their local communities to do one less clothes washing load a week and avoid half loads. Ellie encouraged their friends to save water by using a washing up bowl for the dishes instead of leaving the tap running. These two actions are from the 11 actions for 2011 - to save water and energy.
Henri hosted an event at his school. The Mayor and Mayoress of Carmarthen and important members of the governing body, the school council and senior management went. The event raised awareness of climate change and other environment issues. Henri encouraged all to make pledges to reduce their carbon footprint and take part in with the low carbon pledge model.
Tom visited St Mary’s Roman Catholic (RC) Primary School in Newport, with the Environment Minister to launch the Budget Pack Schools Battery Recycling Campaign. The campaign is open to schools across Wales and aims to recycle four million batteries by the end of this year.
Ellie appeared on Ffeil, an S4C programme. She talked about an exciting development in Pembrokeshire to help tackle climate change. Fishguard and Goodwick are trying a scheme to turn 14,000 street lights off in rural areas where few pedestrians and motorists go between midnight and 5:30am.
Bronwen went to the Business in the Community's (BITC) Mayday Summit in the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff. She talked about her experiences as a Champion and the audiences she has spoken with. Bronwen also challenged the business leaders to pledge at least three of the 11 actions to reduce their carbon footprint!
Henri visited the Urdd Eisteddfod in Swansea. He encouraged visitors to sign pledges to do at least 3 of the 11 actions and build their very own personal low carbon pledge model. He even managed to convince a giant mole to reduce his carbon footprint!
Henri took part in the Climate Change Commission meeting. He discussed climate change with the climate experts who advise the Welsh Government. Henri also spent a day on his local high street in Llandeilo. He talked to shoppers, local shop owners, and employees about reducing their carbon footprint and saving money.
Tom visited Kings Monkton School to award prizes to young 'Waste Warriors for all their efforts at keeping the school sustainable. These pupils spend time each day making sure the school is not wasting energy or resources unnecessarily. Tom also taught them how they could be energy and water aware in other ways.
Bronwen went to the Royal Welsh Show and persuaded visitors to sign up for pledges to reduce their carbon footprint and build their own low carbon pledge model. She also called in on the Tai Calon Community Housing Family Day in Blaina. She promoted the 11 actions pledges and met some valuable local contacts.
Ellie attended the Transition Bro Gwaun meeting in Fishguard. She spoke about being a Champion and talked them through how they could reduce their carbon footprint.
Hannah visited the Green Light Festival in Wrexham. She used the low carbon pledge model to promote 11 Actions for 2011. Hannah also cycled from Machynlleth to Cardiff as part of the Dyfodol Carbon Cycle, to highlight the need for better sustainable transport across Wales.
Henri visited the Manor House Wildlife Park in Tenby. He talked to people of all ages about the actions we can all take. He enjoyed speaking to parents and children to discuss what pledges they could take as a family and the staff at the park.
Ellie went to the Fishguard Show, talked visitors, and asked them to sign up to the pledges. She also made some posters for car sharing, spending less time in the shower and walking/cycling short distances.
Hannah attended the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham. She helped visitors to sign three pledges to reduce their carbon footprint and build their own low carbon pledge model. She also met the Environment Minister, John Griffiths, who also pledged to continue reducing his carbon footprint!
Tom took some time to visit his local high street and community hall. He spoke to local businesses about the pledges and what they were doing to make a difference to their carbon footprint.
In his school, Cardiff High, Tom organised a meeting with his school’s Eco-Coordinator, the sixth form representatives of the Eco Committee and a Keep Wales Tidy Eco-Schools officer. They planned some actions for the rest of the school year.
Henri took part in Blas Tywi, a Community Food Festival, in Llandeilo. Despite bad weather, Henri had a really successful day collecting pledges and speaking with stall holders and the public about their carbon footprint.
At school, Henri got involved in a new scheme called ‘Ready, Steady, Stitch’. This project works with Careers Wales, the Red Cross and National Wool Foundation to promote energy saving and recycling.
Bronwen was really busy this month with new Head Girl responsibilities. She worked with her school to enter them into the Blaenau Gwent Environmental Awards.
Ellie met with the Head teacher at her school, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, began organising a Climate Change event at the school in November.
Hannah spoke to a coordinator at Alun High school. She is aiming to organise a pledge day within the next few months.
Tom visited St Fagans Museum. He spoke to the public and staff about climate change issues, collected some pledges and encouraged people to play the Low Carbon Pledge game. He also tested out the Museum’s new Sustainability Trail and added his comments.
At his school Tom also took part in a week of assemblies that raised awareness of climate change and sustainability.
Tom also attended the ‘Size of Wales’ event in Cardiff. He met the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development and a previous Climate Change Champion Sebastian Giraud. They discussed his interest in becoming an ambassador.
Henri took part in ‘Apple Weekend’ at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. At the event, he was able to promote the pledges and talk to visitors.
Henri also spoke on Radio Carmarthenshire & Scarlet FM promoting the Wales “Get your Jumper On” scheme.
Bronwen helped enter her school into the Blaenau Gwent Environmental Awards. Her school (Glyncoed Comprehensive) won the “Schools Special Recognition Award”.
Ellie organised a climate change themed event at her school to take place in November.
Hannah attended the Climate Change Commission meeting in Wrexham.
In early November, Tom and Bronwen focussed on publicity work.
Bronwen visited the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University. She collected pledges before the big Sustainability Week Debate. Both Bronwen and Tom collected pledges at the New Theatre Cardiff with the star of Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Keith Jack!
Tom spoke at Llanishen Rotary Club in Cardiff. He gave a presentation about his work as a Climate Change Champion and also raised awareness of the 11 Actions campaign. He also collected pledges and answered questions.
Bronwen gave a presentation to Pontllanfraith Rotary club about climate change and encouraged them to make pledges to reduce their carbon footprint.