In celebration of St David’s Day, Cardiff-based Waterloo Foundation has pledged to match every pound raised towards saving an area of rainforest the Size of Wales up to a total of £1 million. The charity hopes to see £2m going to protect forests to counter deforestation and climate change.
At today’s visit to Llandovery College, HRH The Prince of Wales joined pupils planting the first of one hundred new trees in the College grounds, in order to learn more about how they are supporting Size of Wales by fundraising for a further one hundred trees to be planted in a community on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
Environment charity, Size of Wales today urged the people of Wales to raise funds and double their donation to help protect some of the most threatened rainforests on earth.
Project Manager, Hannah Scrase said: “St David’s Day is a time to celebrate our nation’s ability to show leadership on global issues such as deforestation and climate change. We are delighted to receive such a boost to our ambition to be the first country in the world to protect an area of forest equivalent to its size”.
“Whether you are a school, local council, smaller business or a large company, Size of Wales will now match your donations pound for pound and take real steps to stop rainforest destruction. We hope that with a £1m match fund available, we can galvanise the people of Wales to donate a further £1m to reach a joint target of £2m for 2011 International Year of the Forests.”
Mr Ian Hunt, Warden of Llandovery College said: “It is good to know that our efforts to support the forest communities around Mount Kenya will now be doubled thanks to the match funding available to Size of Wales. As well as playing our part in reaching Size of Wales’ 2 million hectare target, we also hope that the College will develop long lasting links with the people planting the trees in Mount Kenya.”
Llandovery Chamber of Commerce also revealed today that it will fundraise locally for a further 500 trees for the same community tree planting project coordinated by Kenya’s Greenbelt Movement.
Wales is set to become the first country in the world to mobilise a national response to deforestation and climate change. This £2 million appeal will help to protect 2 million hectares of rainforest equivalent to the size of Wales itself.
Heather Stevens, Chair of The Waterloo Foundation explained: “Anyone who has children has got to care about the environment, and protecting rainforests is such a simple way to help tackle climate change. Rainforests are not just the planet’s lungs but they also steady the climate. We thought it was well worth putting up £1m so that the people of Wales can join with us, to help save an area the size of our nation, instead of cutting one down!”
The Waterloo Foundation, is an independent grant-making Foundation created in 2007, and is based in Cardiff. It gives grants to organisations in both the UK and worldwide, and runs a Forests Programme targeted at avoiding deforestation in tropical areas.
The destruction of the rainforest accounts for a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions. This is more than the entire world’s transport put together. Loss of tropical forests is also threatening the habitat of over 50% of the world’s species and the welfare of some of the world’s poorest populations.
Size of Wales today announced new donation pledges from: Working Links; TYF Adventure; XS NRG and NATSOL. To donate visit: www.sizeofwales.org.uk
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