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Laura Owen Sanderson

I am the founder of the Welsh based national non- profit We Swim Wild. We are an organisation that raises the issue of silent contaminates in our waterways nationally. We do this through adventure activism campaigns, national citizen science campaigns our education programme and trying to change legislation at a government level. I have a background in education and cold water swimming. I split my time between Snowdonia & Pembrokeshire with our HQ in Gwynedd.

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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?

To put in place ambitious action plans to tackle the climate issues with short deadlines that have significant impact. Not small gestures with decade lead times for change. Listen to scientific advice and act on it fast.

WHY HAVE YOU BECOME A CLIMATE CYMRU AMBASSADOR?

Because it’s time to come together as a collective to push for government change. My son and daughter will grow up facing challenges that our generation and those before have created knowingly in the name of profit and convenience. Together we are stronger and pushing for legislative change as a collective will have a direct impact.

AS A NATION, WHAT DO YOU FEEL WE NEED TO DO TO TRULY INFLUENCE CHANGE?

Get to know your MP, raise the issues you feel passionate about, continue to lobby and get it on the political agenda.

WHAT MAKES YOU OPTIMISTIC FOR THE FUTURE WITH REGARDS TO CLIMATE CHANGE?

Young people are a lot more aware and vocal about climate change than ever before. More and more people are also discovering the great outdoors after lockdown and seeing the impact at a local level. We have directly seen this as a tool for activism at a grassroots level with our waterlogger citizen science project.

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