Alex Griffiths

My name is Alex Griffiths and I'm a masters student at Cardiff University studying Global Ecology and Conservation. I'm from Anglesey in North Wales, where I grew up learning Welsh and developing my love for the natural world amongst the beautiful rivers, coasts and mountains of Snowdonia. I went to study Environmental science at the University of Exeter Penryn campus in Cornwall. Here I studied the climate in depth, and learnt to understand the issues we face globally and how to deal with the climate crisis on a national and international scale. I returned to North Wales and started work as an environmental officer on the Menai rivers Biodiversity project. I experienced first hand the degraded state of our natural ecosystems, especially the poor state of welsh rivers and waterways. I returned to study a masters to further understand the issues we're facing to our ecosystems here in Wales.

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In your view, what do our leaders here in Wales, the UK and around the world need to do to solve climate change?

From my experience, I believe what’s needed is radical change to the political and economic systems we use. No real change can be achieved until we have a government that operates on a truly democratic system, which doesn’t work in favour of the banks and major polluting companies, but instead works for the people. Only when we stop investing in big companies and start putting more funding into green projects such as sustainable farming, conservation, and community based schemes, will we see true solutions to the climate crisis. And I believe that here in Wales we have the perfect opportunity to enact real change on this scale. With our devolved parliament working for the people of Wales, we could see investment turn to the people and away from large scale polluters.

Why have you become a Climate Cymru ambassador?

As a Climate Cymru ambassador, I hope to join the hundreds of voices already campaigning for a greener future here in Wales. I’d love to share my perspective as a conservationist on the climate crisis here in Wales, as nature needs a voice now more than ever. I’d also like to use my platform to start producing real positive change, and to hopefully learn more about what we can all do to start working towards a better future for Wales.

As a nation, what do you feel we need to do to truly influence change?

I think we need to bring voices from all backgrounds and areas across Wales together, and open up the conversations about concerns relating to climate change. We need to finds solutions that benefit everyone in Wales, which respects the cultural values of welsh people, but is also progressive and inclusive for all. To do this, we need to continue campaigning, reaching out across the nation so that everyone has a chance to be heard and be valued.

What makes you optimistic for the future with regards to climate change?

What makes me optimistic for the future is seeing how many voices have joined the fight against climate change, even just in the last few years. Even a single voice can make a difference, and now people from all walks of life are starting to speak out and make changes to their lives. No matter how small, every change made towards a more sustainable future counts, and seeing that in actions is more than enough to stay optimistic.

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