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Cardiff charity attends Paris climate summit

WELSH charity Size of Wales is flying the flag for Wales at the Paris Climate conference this week.

Size of Wales stand in Paris

Size of Wales stand in Paris

The Cardiff-based charity employs only three staff but will be joining 150 heads of state, leading scientists and Sir David Attenborough for the two-week summit.

Started in 2010, Size of Wales’s original aim was to save an area of forest the size of Wales. It has planted more than one million trees and protected over 2.4 million hectares of tropical forest.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the great work we are doing in Wales and overseas,” said the charity’s director Claire Raisin.

“Great stuff is happening in Wales. We are a small country with big ambitions.”

This summit has received global attention as one of the final opportunities to effectively tackle climate change before permanent harm is done to the planet.

Speaking before the conference the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “A political moment like this may not come again. We have never faced such a test. But neither have we encountered such a great opportunity.”

The sentiments where echoed by Dr Raisin. “This is possibly the last chance we will have, as a species, to come together and make a positive, proactive decision about the future of the world we live in before the challenge is too great. I am confident we will do it.”


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