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Month: November 2016

Independence is normal…

My son turned seven today.  He asked for the usual kind of things a seven year old wants – a make your own erupting volcano kit, the original Planet Earth series on DVD. A book about castles. He wanted to take his friends to the climbing wall in Barry Island and eat knickerbocker glories.  I think he’s had a good day. But the real gift I wanted to give him couldn’t be wrapped. I wanted to give him something that would last, something meaningful that would have a real impact on his future. Something that would be in keeping with the confident, optimistic approach he has to life, and that would help him to keep hold of his boundless faith in the power of possibilities. I wanted to give him a future in which Wales is independent. I want that very badly for my son, and for his four year old brother, and for their baby sister. I want them to have what I had as a child growing up in England, the understanding that their country is self-determined, defined by those who live in it and call it home.  I want them to live in a Wales which is empowered to set its own moral compass and chart its course through waters of its own choosing.  Beholden to no-one, free to collaborate and cooperate internationally as a free, independent...

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Policy divergence at the border affecting patient care say the Welsh Conservatives

A Senedd debate this afternoon will highlight the impact on Welsh patients of policy divergence at the border, amidst calls for the cross-border protocol to be strengthened. Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Angela Burns AM, is calling for the Welsh Government to cut its target for referral to treatment to 18 weeks, to bring it in line with the NHS in England. Patients in England have a legal right to start treatment within 18 weeks of referral, while the target in Wales is for all patients to be seen within 36 weeks. Mrs Burns believes that ‘unambitious’ Welsh Government...

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Wales went a brilliant shade of Green!

Wales went a brilliant shade of Green! Cymraeg isod It’s been 2 months since Go Green Day, and we’re just about seeing life in normal colours again. Wales was awash with green on Friday 14 October as people, schools and businesses across the country celebrated #GoGreenDay, all with the aim of helping to tackle climate change by protecting an area of rainforest twice the size of Wales! Go Green Day has so far raised over £5,000, with more coming in every day. Every penny is doubled by Size of Wales meaning over £10,000 will be going straight to our...

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Supporting Gorilla’s in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Supporting Gorilla’s in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Cymraeg isod Thalia Liokatis, Programme Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is stepping up to the challenges of protecting the world’s largest gorilla. This vital work is being enabled by the support of Size of Wales. Here she tells us more about it: The Grauer’s gorilla is the world’s largest living primate, but despite its size it is still incredibly vulnerable. Also known as the eastern lowland gorilla, population numbers have dropped by 77% from 17,000 to around 3,800 over the last...

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Education opportunities: Mock COP and Wales-wide workshops

Education opportunities: Mock COP and Wales-wide workshops Cymraeg isod Janie Pridham, Size of Wales’ Education Coordinator updates us on how you or your school can get involved and learn about rainforests and climate change. MockCOP – Beyond Marrakesh Friday 27 January, Cardiff We’re very excited to be running our Mock COP again this year. Teams of 3 sixth form pupils from schools all over Wales are invited to take part in this bilingual mock United Nations conference on climate change. After the success of MockCOP last year, we have invited Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner, to chair this...

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