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Valerie

Valerie is a granny living in Myddfai, Llandovery. She started Learn with Grandma as her retirement project. It's now an international network with groups around the world promoting Intergenerational Learning & Active Ageing. The main aim is share ideas of how to use the internet as a bridge to reunite the generations and help break down the digital age gap by sharing skills; love & knowledge across the generations. Good projects are happening in many countries. All suggestions are achievable; affordable and sustainable!

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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?

Take action – My 80th Birthday was on 4th July and I asked people to Plant a Tree for Granny! I’m thrilled to report that Literally THOUSANDS of trees have already been planted and many THOUSANDS more promised for when the Autumn rain arrives. Jonas (Malawi) gave me the idea to ask people to PLANT a TREE. Moses (Uganda) offered to create an e-book. It will be sent it to all speakers at the UN Climate Change Conference in November.

Governments around the world are not doing enough about Climate Change. We individuals can prove that we want them to honour the previous commitments they gave. If you can plant a tree – Please take a couple of photos and send the text you would like in the e-book. Planting is good for us all in so many ways! Trees and plants are good for all living things! They clean the air we NEED to breathe. Birds live in them! Bees; all pollinators. need the blossom and are Necessary to for us to grow – our food!

Working with nature is good for our souls and bodies. I do understand that not everyone can plant a tree – plant something! Some vegetables; a pot of herbs!!

Plant an idea of ”something’ that would help people in your community. Take Action – make a difference!

Why have you become a Climate Cymru ambassador?

Because I will and am taking action.

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

We all need to do what we can to convince people that climate change is real and if we don’t take action we can expect more and more extreme weather – which will cost more to repair than taking action to take better care of our planet. We are destroying our Planet and if we don’t change Mother Nature might decide that we are the problem and make humans an extinct species!!

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

The huge response to the calls for action by people like me; Sir David Attenborough and other campaigns – like Plant a Million Trees.

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