WOMEN’S Institute (W.I.) groups in Carmarthenshire are leading an effort to promote sustainable ways of living in the local area.

Earlier this month, the W.I. group in Five Roads hosted a green event for ‘Speak up’ week, which the Climate Coalition organises to raise awareness of the impact of climate change. Five Roads Community Hall was packed with attendees, including Llanelli MP Nia Griffith, local schools and community organisations involved in environmental projects.

Judith Merritt, President of the Five Roads W.I., said: “We were delighted by how many people and organisations attended our green event. There was a lot of enthusiasm for the brilliant projects to promote sustainable lifestyles and tackle climate change that were on display.

“It was great to see community energy groups like Carmarthenshire Energy and the Gwendraeth Valley Energy Co-operative working hard to bring affordable renewable energy to local residents. Innovative projects like these are exactly what we need if we are going to tackle climate change and protect our planet.

“These are just a few of the local organisations doing their bit for the environment. I’d like to thank all who came along, including children and teachers from local schools and representatives from the Repair Cafe, Five Roads Allotments, Banc Organics, Incredible Edible Carmarthenshire, Men’s Shed Llanelli and the W.I. tree project.

“It’s also great to have the support of our MP Nia Griffith, who attended our meeting for the second year in a row and has done a lot of work on local green projects. Thanks also to Ben Ferguson for giving us an insight into Welsh Assembly policy on renewable energy and the Low Down Dirty Dog Blues Band for entertaining us all.”

Nia Griffith MP said: “The Women’s Institute groups in Carmarthenshire are doing a fantastic job of bringing the local community together for green causes. It’s great that so many different organisations are keen to take on eco-projects and promote sustainability in our communities.

“I was particularly pleased to see local schools working on environmental projects and gaining Eco-school status. At the Five Roads event, pupils at Ysgol Pum Heol told me about their work on renewable energy, and I heard members of Incredible Edible Carmarthenshire talk about pupils at Pembrey School growing delicious-looking vegetables.

“All of this is very encouraging, and it shows that if we all play our small part and work together we really can make a big difference. I look forward to working with all these groups in the years ahead to keep Carmarthenshire green and do our bit to safeguard the planet.”

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