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Marla

I am a freelance dance artist, climate justice advocate and I run a podcast called 'A Little Bit of Lagom' which explores a more human approach to climate conversations; highlighting the connections between environmental and social injustices and discussing ways we can take climate action on an individual level, in our communities and in local and global spheres.

I grew up in Brecon, mid Wales and am currently based in Cardiff. I believe the arts have an integral part to play in climate action, helping to bridge the gap between science and lived experience, connecting with our fundamental humanity, empathy and compassion.

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I am continuing to explore they ways my dance practice can help foster connections and strengthen community, support wellbeing and evoke empathy and questioning/challenging perspectives. I also work for arts organisations, facilitating workshops to share skills and information to help empower artists to take climate action and embed sustainability and climate justice within their practice.

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

The climate crisis is an emergency that is not being treated as one, and in order to have any chance of preventing further detrimental impacts of the crisis, it needs to be acted upon with the urgency required.

Drastic and immediate societal changes must be put into action, and this involves recognising and addressing the root causes of the climate crisis which lie in capitalist, colonial, patriarchal and exploitative practices.

The countries most responsible need to take accountability for their historical and current actions and the implications that they have had on the current climate crisis and injustices felt globally. It is also these countries that need to be taking the most radical action due to being most responsible in their contributions to the climate crisis.

We need to be listening and responding to the people on the frontlines of the climate crisis now, which is so often those who are already most marginalised within society.

A redistribution of wealth is essential, and there is a clear correlation between increasing wealth and greenhouse gas emissions production. Leaders need to implement a just transition; whereby social justice is at the heart of decisions made around creating a green and sustainable future.

Why have you become a Climate Cymru ambassador?

To advocate for the urgent climate action that we must see on local, national and global levels. I will continue to campaign for climate justice, and wish to highlight the need to approach climate action through an intersectional lens, recognising how all issues are interconnected and therefore we must take a holistic perspective when implementing climate solutions. I want to continue to connect with people and have conversations around climate and social injustice, share knowledge I have learned and continue learning to hopefully engage more people in climate action.

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

We need to recognise we all have our own spheres of influence, and we need to empower ourselves and others to push conversations and actions forward. Individual actions do matter, but whilst we live in a society with injustice embedded within its systems, we have to advocate for the systemic changes that are crucial in order to influence far-reaching and long-lasting change within communities.

We also need to highlight the connections between different movements, and bring them together as this will ultimately lead to long lasting, holistic collective action. As a nation, we need to ensure everyone has access to what are basic human rights – access to clean water, healthy food, safe shelter, healthcare and this is not something that should be seen as radical in any way.

We need community founded upon collective care and support networks. Spaces that encourage us all to question and deconstruct the damaging narratives we internalise.

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

The incredible work of many grass roots organisations that are creating small pockets of the type of global future we should all be striving for. Communities with strong support networks built upon compassion give me hope, and so many inspiring people I feel very lucky to have met through my activism. It can be very hard to stay optimistic with the realities of the climate crisis and its trajectory, but every action matters, and collectively that sort of change is incredibly powerful. There are many national and international campaigns that are gaining a great deal of momentum, and this also gives me great optimism that things are changing, but we have to continue to advocate for climate and social justice, implement these values in our every day and share these values widely to implement greater, long lasting changes.

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