Organisations and groups across Wales are already helping communities to take action and be resilient to the impacts of a changing climate in a range of areas.

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 world saw more than 120 climate related disasters during 2015, according to the World Bank, causing huge environmental and economic damage and taking a terrible toll on communities.

Flooding
These impacts have also been felt closer to home, for example in increased flooding, which is estimated to have caused over £71 million of damage, impacting on communities, the economy, and transport infrastructure. The third sector has huge potential to tackle both the causes and consequences of climate change. It is uniquely placed to reach and support people, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable.


Areas of Action
Decisions taken at government or local authority level to help mitigate climate change will affect the people we support. These webpages examine sustainable energy, food, housing, textiles and packaging, and transport issues, support available to help your service users through policy changes, and ways to get involved with relevant community projects.


Tackling Climate Change Guide - Front Cover


A Third Sector Guide to Climate Change

Climate change can seem an overwhelming or distant issue with little influence on your daily work.

However, as we all share the same planet and natural resources, all people and organisations have the potential to be negatively affected by a changing climate and understanding this can help us prepare and plan better.

This guide is designed to give you a basic understanding of climate issues and where to find further support to help you manage your climate risks and make better decisions for a changing future.

 





 
Climate Reports

Climate Change and the Cost of Living
- Joseph Roundtree Foundation report examines how climate change could affect day to day living costs of UK households, with a particular focus on low income households.

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Report 2017

A new independent evidence report to Government has been published by the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee on Climate Change. It sets out the most urgent risks and opportunities arising for the UK from climate change to help inform the next UK Climate Change Risk Assessment due in January 2017. Identified risks include flooding and coastal change risks to communities, businesses and infrastructure, risks to domestic and international food production and trade and risks of new and emerging pests and diseases.  The Evidence Report, consisting of eight individual chapters, has been written by expert lead authors supported by co-authors with particular specialties. A summary of key findings and priorities for the next 5 years is also available.

Mean Temperatures UK
State of the UK Climate 2016 Report
The Met Office 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report shows 2016 was the 13th warmest year (records dating back to 1910). This report provides a summary of the UK weather and climate through the calendar year 2016 and is the third annual 'State of the UK climate' produced by the Met Office. It provides an accessible, authoritative and up-to-date assessment of UK climate trends, variations and extremes based on the latest available climate quality observational datasets.

State of the Climate 2015 Report

This year's SoC has an emphasis on ecosystems; several chapters have dedicated a sidebar to the complex relationship between a changing climate and its impact on living systems. This notion of connectedness-between climate, landscape, and life; between our daily work and the expression of its meaning; between planetary-scale drivers and humble living things; between the abstraction and rigor of data and the reality and complexity of their importance; and especially between one generation and the next-inspires and informs much of the work within this volume.