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Wendy Swart

I am Wendy Swart, a student at Bangor University studying marine biology and oceanography. Growing up in Namibia has caused me to fall in love with nature and the earth systems and how they interact with each other. The outreach and interaction from natural history museums and natural scientists as a child has made me realize how important the world we live in is. This is why I am passionate about outreach and education about climate change.

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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?

They need to actually follow through on their “policies”. They end up making empty promises just to satisfy the people pushing for change, hoping we will forget.

One way leaders could be pushed for change is to have a seminar or workshop that teaches them about climate change. At this point I feel like the term climate change has just become something that they hear but don’t understand, they have become numb to the word. The only way they will ever actually care is if they understand the serious impact that climate change can have.

Why have you become a Climate Cymru ambassador?

My main goal is to contribute to the climate crises response. Wither it is through out reach to the public or to get policy makers to understand why an unstable climate can cause problems for coastal communities and wild life.

The natural world is been lost due to changes we as humans have caused. If I can help them in any sense, that would just push me to do more. At this point in time they smallest things has the potential to have a bigger impact.

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

Policy makers are the people who individually hold the most potential for change. If they updated policies to reduce the causes of climate change. this can include ways to be more sustainable as a country as a whole. For example for having more green protected areas, such as marshland, which is a good carbon sink. Another idea is to have return value in bottles. This way people are more likely to dispose of the plastic bottle correctly.

The other thing is that there needs to be better outreach to all the generations in Wales.

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

The only thing keeping me optimistic for future is that change is possible, but only if we work together across the world.

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