First event held in Pontypridd to showcase community action on climate change

Last week we were delighted to gather in Pontypridd for the first ever Egin Gathering, bringing groups together to discuss community action on climate change.

We were meeting at the stunning YMa, owned and run by the Artis Foundation, recently refurbished and full of light and space.

Kicking the day off in the Moondance Studio theatre downstairs, everyone gathered at the start to hear from DTA Wales’ CEO Adam Kennerley speak about his personal journey helping to animate a range of community-based organisations.

Two groups being supported by our Egin programme then stepped up to talk about their work and how the support they received from their Egin mentors had helped them – Woody’s Lodge, a veterans support organisation and County in the Community (CITC), a charity connected to Newport County football club.

These real-life examples really brought home what is possible when communities ask themselves what they can do in their own backyard to become more sustainable.

The rest of the day allowed attendees to network and attend a range of workshops. At each break there was a healthy buzz of conversation as people made new connections, shared what they were up to and found common ground. Stalls from local organisations Tir Pontypridd, Natur Pontypridd, Welcome to our Woods, Grow Rhondda, Interlink RCT, Down to Zero and RCT Climate Action Network offered a range of information and a friendly face to chat to.

Workshops covered a range of topics such as Climate Conversations, Saving Energy in your Community Building, How Community Gardening Can Tackle Climate Change, Reduce Reuse Recycle, Community Access to Land, and two outdoor sessions in the park encouraging us to adopt new and wider perspectives on the ways we think about climate change and what to do about it.

The day was wrapped up with a reflective seed-sowing session, opening with a poem by Mary Oliver, then asking us to consider what new seeds of action we might sow as we pushed the seeds into the compost.

This is what Egin is all about; people inspiring each other to take those first steps that can lead on to so much more. We’re looking forward to the next event!

Find out more about the Egin programme, and how we’re supporting communities in Wales to tackle climate change at egin.org.uk.