Welsh Government


The virtual conference is taking place over 5 days between 4th – 8th December to coincide with COP28, bringing together a range of climate stakeholders to consider national Government policies and regional and local delivery solutions for tackling climate change in a fair way. 

The on-demand conference content will be uploaded in the week after Wales Climate Week. All registered attendees will receive a email notification once the content is online.












Welsh Communities United to Tackle Global Deforestation, One Meal at a Time (Size of Wales)
08:55  to  10:15

This session will bring together various groups and organisations that are trying to tackle Wales’ overseas deforestation footprint by ensuring that our farming and food practices are ethically and sustainably sourced. We will hear from NGOs, schools, local authorities and , community action groups about what action they are taking in Monmouthshire to become Deforestation free. It is an opportunity to hear inspiring examples of citizen led action that is putting into practice the goal of being a Globally Responsible and Resilient Nation. It will also reflect on how our actions here in Wales impact Indigenous Peoples overseas who are facing the injustices of the climate crisis and seeing their forests, homes and livelihoods destroyed because of the demand of a few handful commodities that we consume here in Wales on a daily basis such as palm oil, soy used in animal feed, beef from South America, coffee and cacao.


The session is aimed at community groups, schools, young people, farmers, local authorities, businesses and decision makers that want be globally responsible and tackle the climate crisis through engaged citizen action.

Carwyn Jones. Chair, Size of Wales, Former First Minister. Size of Wales.
Gareth Clubb. WWF. WWF Cymru.
Barbara Davies Quy. Deputy Director. Size of Wales.
Nichola James. Deforestation Free Community Outreach Officer. Size of Wales.
Shelley Tokar. Deputy Head and Y6 pupils and former pupils. Osbaston Church in Wales primary school.
Dr Cherry Taylor. ACE.
Marianne Elliott. Sustainable Food Projects Manager. Monmouthshire County Council.
Community Climate Action and Fairness: Hearing From The Voices of Communities Across Wales - (Development Trusts Association for Wales )
10:30  to  11:45

Egin works to help groups who have been historically excluded from conversations around climate change to take their first steps towards tackling climate change. In this conversation co-hosted with the Co-Production Lab for Wales, we will hear from a selection of groups that we have been working with. How does the idea of climate action resonate with disabled people, ethnically minoritised groups, or people living in economic deprivation? What do these groups want to share with policy makers and government?

Note: We would like to note that the availability, technical literacy and confidence to even appear on a panel is a privilege, and so this panel is unlikely to represent everybody in Wales. However, as our speakers work and interact with communities who do not have this access or ability, they aim to do their best to represent their concerns, thoughts and reactions to the idea of ‘climate change and fairness’.

Egin is a programme run by Development Trusts Association Wales:




Session is aimed at: anybody who wants to hear what communities on the ground in Wales really think. Of particular interest to policy-makers and anybody aiming to work with historically marginalised and underrepresented groups.

Rusna Begum. CEO. KidCare4U.
Peter Whitby. One of the Founding Directors. MaesNi.
Gwyneth Jones. Communications Manager. Egin/Development Trusts Association Wales.
Mike Corcoran. Consultant. Co-production Lab Wales.
Arfon Hughes. Head of Community Assets,. DTA Wales.
Ali Taherzadeh.
Reducing Food Waste to Support the Environment (FareShare Cymru)
12:00  to  12:45

FareShare Cymru is a food redistribution charity. We access surplus food from the food industry and redistribute this to charities running food projects to support vulnerable people, turning an environmental problem into a social solution. We will be discussing the use of surplus food with three of the charities we work with, Foodcycle, Tasty Not Wasty and South Riverside Community Development Centre - Wyndham Street Pantry, talking about how the project helps to reduce food waste and how they educate service users on this, to in turn reduce food waste in the home.


The session will be a panel discussion, looking at how surplus food is used to support communities and is aimed at anyone who is interested in finding out more about community food projects.

Sarah Germain. CEO. FareShare Cymru.
Lydia Lerner. Regional Manager Wales and the South West. Foodcycle.
Sabrina Cresswell. Tasty Not Wasty.
Grant Cockerill. South Riverside Community Development Centre - Wyndham Street Pantry.
Seeds to Solutions, a Grassroot Response to Climate Change (Incredible Edible)
13:15  to  13:45

Food is the perfect entry point to how the power of small actions can inspire us to live individually and collectively within planetary limits. Sharing fifteen years of grassroot experiences, the positives and negatives, we will explore how much we can do collectively to demonstrate the changes needed at all levels of government to help everyone be a Changemaker and what we ourselves can achieve in the places we call home without the need for top down intervention.


Climate change activists, local food partnerships and professionals across the public and private sector. 

Lizzie Wynn.
Pam Warhurst. Co-founder. Incredible Edible.
Chris Blake.
What Do We Mean by Communities When it Comes to Climate Action? (WCVA/Cynnal Cymru)
14:00  to  14:45

How often do we hear that we need community-based solutions to climate or that communities know best? 

How often do we hear that we need community-based actions and that some communities need to engage in climate more than others? 

But communities can mean different things to different people and so our perception of what the right community climate action should be can also have multiple meanings. 

In this session, we want to unpack the different meanings of community to explore if the ways that we define communities influences climate outcomes in both positive and negative ways. Our panel of community organisations will share their experiences and insights and we invite all participants to bring their own thoughts and questions too.


The session is aimed at anyone who is engaged already in communities and those who are interested in broadening the meaning of community. 

Clare Sain-ley-Berry. Interim Director. Cynnal Cymru.
Dr Karolina Rucinska. Sustainability Advisor. Sustain Wales.
Aisha Hannibal. Engagement Manager. Living Steets.
Tom Kirton. Mayor of Monmouth.
Alex Harrison. Disability Wales.
Tackling The Public Health Effects of Climate Change (Public Health Wales / Welsh Government)
15:00  to  16:00

Public Health Wales NHS Trust is the national public health organisation for Wales and our aim is to enable everyone in Wales to live longer, healthier lives. Our session at Wales Climate week will spotlight examples of our work on tackling the public health effects of climate change, from strategy, research, workforce development, to Health Impact Assessment and practice-based interventions that are supporting NHS services on their journey to net zero, resilience  and sustainability.


People with an interest in the health and wellbeing impacts of climate change on communities in Wales. People working in the NHS, social care and local government. People working across sectors on climate change communication, policy and strategy

Huw George. Deputy CEO and Executive Director of Operations and Finance. Public health Wales.
Eurgain Powell. Principal in Sustainable Development & Health. Public Health Wales.
Sara Wood. Senior Researcher. Public Health Wales.
Nerys Edmonds. Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit. Public Health Wales.
Sian Evans. Consultant in Public Health. Public Health Wales.
Discussing The Experience of Racism in Climate Change Action (Welsh Government)
16:15  to  17:30

Wales has a goal to be an anti-racist nation by 2030. To achieve this they have co-produced an action plan to 'materially improve the lives of ethnic minority people by tackling racism'. In all walks of life ethnic minority people experience racism, climate change action is no different. Welsh Government has been holding community dialogues with ethnic minority community groups about their experiences and ambitions in climate change activism and wider environmental issues. This panel discussion brings together the community groups to talk about the discussions and experiences of their groups and changes they would like to see. The discussion will include the Welsh Government Environment Anti-racism Advisor.


The session is aimed at climate and environment professionals interested in creating a more inclusive sector, in terms of employment, recreation spaces and activism. It is also aimed at people of ethnic minority background, to hear about others experiences and consider the types of anti-racism action society could take to tackle racism in this area of life. This session is the start of a conversation for developing an anti-racism action plan for the environment and climate change sectors.

Dr Salamatu Fada. Conservation Scientist and Educator. JAVS Environmental Care Ltd..
Sanab Hersi. Green Soul. Permaculture designer and founder.
ANirban Mukhopadhyay. Project Officer. KIRAN Cymru.
Ize Adava. Researcher. Climate Cymru BAME.
Victoria Dere. Founder. Dynamic Sense Consulting Ltd.
Connect, Learn and Transform (Green Health Wales)
17:45  to  18:15

A landscape of climate smart healthcare across Primary, Secondary and Mental Health Care in Wales.


All healthcare communities who want to ‘Connect, Learn and Transform’ healthcare environments across Wales.

Dr Sarah Williams. GP. Green Health Wales, RCGP ViH.
Dr Fiona Brennan. Clinical Lead. Green Health Wales.
Dr Kathryn Speedy. CAMHS ST5. CAVUHB.