a MACHYNLLETH eco-center dedicated to demonstrating and teaching sustainable development shared its research and knowledge at the COP26 climate summit.
A team from the Center for Alternative Technology (CAT) took part in lectures at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) 2021 to share insights from the research and educational work of the CAT and to listen to participants from around the world, learn from them and make contacts to knot the world.
CAT was one of the few organizations from Wales to receive official observer status under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which gave access to events in the Blue Zone, where official negotiations were taking place, as an environmental organization.
CAT’s Innovation Lab Manager, Dr. Anna Bullen, attended a Welsh Government panel discussion in the UK Presidency Pavilion chaired by Clare Pillman, CEO of Natural Resources Wales, with First Secretary Mark Drakeford, Lord Deben, Chair of the Climate Change Committee. and Poppy Stowell-Evans, Chair of Youth Climate Ambassadors for Wales.
The panel discussion discussed the importance of distributed leadership in climate protection.
Paul Allen from CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain team gave a presentation at an official Blue Zone Side Event with the International Network for Sustainable Energy. Speakers from Uganda, Kenya, South Asia, Denmark and Bangladesh talked about climate solutions from their areas. Paul outlined the benefits of national zero carbon scenarios that work across sectors to bring a vision of a positive future to life.
Outside of the presentations, the CAT team made important contacts with others who are working on solutions to the climate crisis. They attended events showcasing projects and organizations committed to real, positive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero in the decades to come.
CAT also hosted webinars with insights, news and updates from the Glasgow team.
Eileen Kinsman, CAT Development Director, said: “CAT provides the skills and knowledge to ensure that everyone can do their part to become carbon free. Connecting with networks of organizations working towards the same goal is essential to deliver climate solutions on the scale and speed that the climate crisis requires.
“Attending COP26, both as part of the talks and side events across Glasgow, has given us the opportunity to share our work with organizations and individuals we may not otherwise meet and learn from others who working on solutions across Glasgow Globus. “
CAT was also part of the COP Cymru Regional Roadshow, a series of events in Wales that coincides with some of the key issues discussed at COP26. The Mid Wales Regional Roadshow was broadcast live by CAT on November 6th. A series of panel discussions brought people together to discuss ways to deal with climate change and biodiversity loss.
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