Climate change: It’s even worse than we thought

On Monday November 26th the international climate talks open in Doha,  an article published in the New Scientist this week carried the startling headline, Climate Change: It’s even worse than we thought. Climate change is happening faster and quicker than expected. Artic sea ice was not expected to melt to the end of the century but current trends indicate it could happen a lot quicker than that, the loss of sea ice means sea level rises. Weather events are more unpredicatable than imagined, with superstorm Sandy topping the bill after a year of heatwaves, droughts, floods and blizzards. The world is heading for an average 3-5 deg C temperature rise this century barring urgent action.

A faster response to climate change is necessary and possible,Doha must make sure the response is accelerated.” UN climate chief Christiana Figueres

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WISE Weddings that Don’t Cost the Earth

WISE Weddings that Don’t Cost the Earth

The Centre for Alternative Technology is proud to announce that it is now open for civil ceremony and wedding bookings. CAT has always specialised in environmental issues, from teaching school children about the importance of sustainability to training the next generation of engineers and architects who will build our zero carbon future.

Now, thanks to the outstanding facilities offered by the award-winning WISE building it is able to offer ethical, green weddings. The average price of a UK wedding is around £20,000, produces 62 tons of carbon emissions and 400-600 lbs of rubbish. Sarah, conference and events manager at WISE says everyone can make a difference. “There are loads of things you can do to reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding, from the dress and flowers, to the food and drink. AT CAT we make weddings that really don’t cost the earth, possible”

Situated in the stunning Dulas valley in mid-Wales, WISE is a superb wedding venue. Its outstanding 200 seat cylindrical theatre with seven-metre high rammed-earth walls is ideal for ceremonies, described by newly-wed Katy Jones as “the perfect setting for our ceremony and very intimate, the acoustics were like the Albert Hall.”

The outdoor forest garden is an ideal setting for a champagne reception and the restaurant and bar are perfect for the wedding breakfast and dancing the night away.

“We loved every part of our wedding. The food was beautiful, organic and local and all our guests commented on how smoothly the day went, they really enjoyed being in such a bright and natural space.” Katy Jones

Newly- weds Katy and Aled at their reception in the WISE building

As well as the eco-credentials of a WISE wedding and fantastic organic cuisine CAT can also provide a directory of local suppliers who can provide everything from ethically sourced flowers to low-carbon transport including a horse and cart.

Sarah,  says “We are about making that special day really special, whether you prefer an intimate celebration or the party of a lifetime, we can assist you with your plans and have a very flexible approach as everyone has a different idea of what they would like.”

For more information on green weddings at CAT please contact Sarah at or on 01654 704973

Empowering communities to take action – Renew Wales comes to CAT for training

CAT is excited to be hosting the first training course for coordinators of Renew Wales in the WISE conference centre today and tomorrow.

Renew Wales is a Big Lottery funded project aiming to empower community groups throughout Wales to take action addressing the challenge of climate change. The two-year project is led by the Development Trusts Association, and CAT is a key project partner.

The project activities are targeted at groups like rugby clubs, Women’s Institutes, youth organisations and housing associations, and will include developing community renewable energy resources, starting local food clubs, making sustainable use of land and buildings, establishing community owned enterprises and engaging schools and business in climate change action.

Initiated in June 2012 the project has recently employed a network of coordinators from across Wales. Their role will be to identify and support community groups in their area who are interested in taking action relating to climate change, including those who haven’t taken action before.

The coordinators being trained at CAT today and tomorrow will be involved in linking community groups to ‘peer practitioners’ – people like those in the community group who have learned valuable lessons by going through a similar process – and also with ‘technical mentors’, who can offer more specialised help. They will help communities take action, but just as importantly, help increase each group’s level of knowledge and skill. The success of Renew Wales will lie in creating an ever-expanding pool of people who can support others like them in taking action for a more sustainable future.

Paul Allen, CAT’s External Relations Officer, commented: ‘We are delighted to be part of the Renew Wales project because its whole ethos fits so well with our mission of inspiring, informing and enabling people to make change in their communities. The project has the potential for really significant impact in Wales, and to act as an inspiration further afield.’

Renew Wales’ website – – will be live in the near future. In the meantime, for more information about Renew Wales, please contact Robert Proctor on 02920 190260, or by email at