We believe that the third sector needs to understand the predicted impacts of climate change and adapt to be resilient to these changes, empower people to play their part in creating sustainable communities and take action to help reduce our impact on the planet.
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 third sector in its entirety has huge potential to
tackle both the causes and consequences of climate change. It is
uniquely placed to reach and support people to take action and be
resilient, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable to the
impacts of climate change. Climate change also offers opportunities
to shape how we live and the public services we receive- the third
sector can embrace and influence these changes to improve our
wellbeing and communities.
What we want
We will promote the third sector in Wales to be
fully engaged as a key stakeholder in tackling climate change. We
seek to influence the Climate Change Commission, the Welsh
Government and other key delivery partners to influence policy
making, be given access to decision making, be provided with
appropriate support to take action in a way that is meaningful and
deliver sustainable communities and services. We will help the
third sector to understand why climate change is important to
consider and support it to take action.
What we're doing
As a member of the Climate Change Commission, WCVA has a
responsibility to encourage non environmental organisations to
consider their own impact on climate change, find ways of reducing
this and become resilient to its impacts. We are committed to
providing information and support to help other organisations
reduce their carbon emissions and to consider the implications of
climate change for their organisation, their beneficiaries and
work. We are also exploring how we can tap into community level
activity to embrace more sustainable lifestyles and develop
community led or partnership responses to the challenges of
environmental issues and climate change.
We have produced two reports as a member of the Climate Change
Commission exploring what support the third sector needs to take
These fed into the Climate Change Commission's 2nd Annual report.
Third Sector Partnership Council taking
action on climate change
The TSPC funding
requirements now require members to demonstrate action on climate
change and a work stream has been established to support this.
The work stream will begin its work in early 2013 and more
information will appear on these pages as the programme
Information and Support to take
To help the sector we have developed and
identified the following information and support:
Change Information Sheets: These provide an introduction
to the key concepts and issues of climate change, they explain how
it impacts on your area of work and your beneficiaries and what you
can do to take action on climate change.
Welsh Government's Third Sector Business Case for
Climate Change: This will help your organisation understand why
you should take action and offer strategies to mainstream climate
change action through your organisation and your
management and carbon reduction information sheets: These will
help you to reduce your carbon footprint and environmental
The Pathfinder Project is a Welsh Government funded programme to
support communities to take action on climate change. Community
groups and other stakeholder who have an interest in community
based projects related to climate change (adaptation / mitigation)
around the themes of energy, food, transport and water can click here to
go to Cynnal Cymru's dedicated webpage where you can find links to
the publicly available outputs of the project
Case studies of non environmental organisations taking action:
to hope you learn from others. Click on each organisation to
read their case study. Also see below for a video of organisations
who, as part of the Climate Change Leadership Group, have
integrated climate change impacts into their organisation and their
More detail on how we have been reducing our own carbon
footprint can be found by clicking here.
Supporting Sustainable Living grant scheme:
The Supporting Sustainable Living grant scheme gives funds and
advice for projects to help people move to a more sustainable and
lower carbon lifestyle. It is administered by Environment
can also help your group tackle climate change.
Other related areas of work - Sustainable
We currently working on the Wales
Sustainable Development Bill - ensuring third sector
perspectives are reflected in the final bill, specifically on
engagement of the sector and how best to achieve sustainable
We have developed 2 briefings on the Bill which can be found
WCVA is part of the Third Sector Alliance. This is a cross
sector group working together to promote the need for an effective
Bill which has positive impact on the needs of future generations
as well as those of today.
The Alliance has recently published Shaping the future an alternative
proposal to the Welsh Government's Sustainable Development Bill.
The document calls for the Welsh Government's legislation to
include a definition, a duty on government and public bodies to
achieve sustainable development, and a strong and independent
Please contact Clare
Sain-ley-Berry if you would like to know more about our
work on Climate Change or our related work.