If you go down to the woods today….

Get out into the woods this October with some great weekend and day courses at CAT. Forage for mushrooms or herbal remedies, learn about woodland management, or get to grips with wood fires as we settle into autumn.

5345533951_b1bcd01ff8_oEnjoy some seasonal foraging on 1st-2nd October with a mushroom and fungi identification course, where you can discover what’s good to eat – and what’s not. Go on a woodland ramble with our fungi forager then come back and cook up what you’ve found. You’ll also learn how to grow your own mushrooms using different cultivation techniques, so you can enjoy home-grown fungi feasts all year round!

As the days start to get shorter, get prepared for those cold winter nights by learning how to make the most of your wood burner with our Wood Fire Guru course on 1st October. Learn about choosing, storing and even growing your own wood, plus stove maintenance and safety to help you stay cosy right through to spring.

On 22nd October, learn how to make your own balms and tinctures with an Introduction to Herbal Medicine, including plant identification and collecting, gathering and storing as well as preparation for therapeutic use.

If you want to spend even more time in the woods, check out our courses on sustainable woodland management and horse logging.

CAT Short Courses Coordinator Steph Robinson said: “We’re so lucky to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful woodlands in Britain. We created these courses to help people learn new skills that will allow them to make the most of what’s on their doorstep.”

And don’t forget to join us for our Quarry Trail launch party on 24th October – see visit.cat.org.uk for details.

For more info and to book visit courses.cat.org.uk or call us on 01654 704966.

Off-grid water works

Do you know where your water comes from? You probably just turn on the tap and there it is. Flush the toilet and off it goes. Most of us have no idea where our water comes from, or where our sewage goes.

At CAT we do things differently. We’re completely off-grid when it comes to water – we have no mains water supply or sewage treatment. So we have to think very carefully about how we use this precious resource.

Here’s how our water works.

 

Reduce, reduce, reduce!

We start by minimising the volume of water that we use. Low flush toilets, waterless urinals and compost toilets help by reducing the amount that gets flushed away. Low flow taps and water efficient shower heads mean less goes down the drain. Which of these things could you do at home?

So what’s left? We need it for drinking water, for hydro electric turbines and to power our cliff railway. Let’s focus on how we get it clean enough to drink, and how we treat the wastewater so it can be safely returned to the river that flows past CAT.

 

Good enough to drink

The CAT reservoir, which is nestled in the hills behind the visitor centre, holds most of the water used on site. It was created to directly power the machinery for the old quarry on which CAT is built. The other sources of CAT’s water are rainfall into the lakes, ponds and rainwater butts across the site.

The water is siphoned from the middle of the reservoir, using atmospheric pressure to force it up through a pipe. This method doesn’t use a pump, which ensures that the system is low-energy.

Water is then piped down the hill to CAT. Water to be used for drinking passes through slow sand filters to remove pollutants. While this process effectively removes pathogens, the water is later treated by ultraviolet (UV) purifiers to finish the job.

 

Managing the wastewater

Greywater and foul water from CAT flows into settlement tanks, where solids are separated from liquids. Solids are composted whilst liquids are passed into a series of reed beds which sit below the CAT site.

The reed beds clean the water through a combination of the micro-organisms in the reed beds, and the physical and chemical properties of the reeds.

After being passed through these beds, the now clean water is returned to the river below CAT, where it is joined by the water that has powered our hydro turbines, driven the cliff railway and heated a building through a water-source heat pump. All of it borrowed – and made to work very hard – on its way from the mountains to the sea.

 

Over the summer, we’ll be giving free guided tours of the CAT water systems so you can get a close-up look at some of these systems. Take a look at our events calendar for details of what’s on when.

If you’d like more in-depth info, the three courses mentioned above run back-to-back and can be booked as a package. Book two or more of these and we’ll give you 10% off. See courses.cat.org.uk for details, or call us 01654 704966.

Skill-sharing with the Wanju Ladies Club

There’s a quiet revolution happening in South Korea. People are moving ‘back to the village’ in huge numbers following the economic crisis and rejection of the consumerist and competitive urban lifestyle.

For many this is a difficult transition from a highly service-orientated city culture, but there is a group for whom it is particularly challenging and that is the unmarried women who are making the shift in large numbers. These women are not only bravely embracing a new way of life with limited skills but are also tackling long standing traditions and prejudice around gender roles.

Jijeong and Bohyun with Jyoti and Paul from CAT's courses team.
Jijeong and Bohyun with Jyoti and Paul from CAT’s courses team.

This week we welcomed two such women: Jijeong and Bohyun from the Wanju Ladies Club, a cooperative established to up-skill and enable single women returning to the country. In just three years they’ve established the cooperative and created training courses and materials on heating, cooking, renewable energy, insulation, rainwater harvesting and up-cycling. Jijeong and Bohyun are two of the seven founding members who are all activists in social and environmental movements and experts in the field of alternative and appropriated technology.

By up-skilling women in this way the club hopes to enable women to be more autonomous in their homes but also to elevate their status within their communities, improve the lives of the village as a whole, and to establish these women as role models for future generations of girls to become learners and teachers, transforming culture over time to be more inclusive and welcoming.

Jijeong and Bohyun came all this way to learn about CAT’s evolution and how we’ve challenged gender stereotypes over the years, from hiring a female builder Cindy Harris to lead construction at CAT for 17 years, to continually questioning our thinking and actions to attract a more diverse audience to CAT as members, visitors and students. Our latest Zero Carbon Britain research ‘Making it Happen’ (coming soon!) also features special content on gender and race equality and the author Helen Atkins was interviewed by Jijeong and Bohyun during their stay.

Whilst here our guests have also attended a course in Traditional Timber Frame Joints with Carwyn Jones and ‘a way of building used locally sourced materials’ with Maurice Mitchell, author of The Lemonade Stand.

We are the first to admit we don’t have all the answers but hope we can help them during their visit by sharing how we aim to inspire people from diverse backgrounds. So what’s next for the Wanju Ladies Club? Well they’ll be setting up an advice service for aspiring community energy projects as well as a construction cooperative for social housing initiatives, and that’s just for starters…. We wish them all the best for what sounds like an amazing and very worthwhile project.

Build a tiny house…

tiny house1We are so excited about our tiny house courses – new from us to you!

Running three times this year, spaces are filling up fast.

Learn how to make a beautiful and bespoke tiny house from the ground up: including the timber frame structure, interior and renewable systems.

Carwyn Lloyd Jones, our very own master craftsman (and TV star!) will guide you through an inspiring and practical week where you’ll learn how to:

• Build a timber frame tiny house (approx. 6ft x 10ft)
• Clad the walls
• Build different roof shapes (including pitched roofs, curved roofs and green   roofs
• Install windows and doors
• Fix the structure to a trailer base
• Create simple, functional and smart fitted furniture
• Integrate Solar PV and thermal for electricity and hot water
• Harvest rainwater
• Include a compost toilet

Jam packed with practical hands-on exercises and talks from experts, this course will give you the skills and enthusiasm to build a tiny house of your own – whether it’s a little off-grid home, outdoor workspace or a glamping pod for summer getaways.

8096918469_1098dc91a6_mCarwyn will also give you a tour of his very own tiny house caravan as seen on George Clark’s Amazing Spaces.

Book here, before it’s completely sold out!

Need more inspiration? Read this blog, written by a CAT graduate who is building a tiny home on wheels in Australia.

The Low Carbon Breakfast

Here at the Centre for Alternative Technology, we run a wholly vegetarian restaurant. Catering for our own MSc. students, staff and people participating on our short courses, no-one goes hungry here.
In an attempt to showcase a low or zero carbon future, we demonstrate dishes and techniques that have a decreased impact on our environment.

Laura Blake, CAT nutritionist, says, “Reducing your red meat consumption is the single most effective and important thing you can do to lower your diet-related greenhouse gas emissions. It has also been shown to lower your risk of certain diseases: including bowel cancer – making it healthier for you too!”

Agriculture contributes to a third of the total carbon emissions, and the increase in conventional methods of farming poses a rising threat to the environment as the world tries to feed an additional two billion people by 2050.

We believe a low carbon economy is more energy efficient, more energy secure, cleaner, quieter and safer.

And more delicious, too.
So, here are five of our restaurants favourite breakfast dishes for you, to celebrate National Breakfast Week.

Porridge (serves two)
Oats are really low in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, so porridge is a low cost and filling way to start the day. Soaking the oats overnight reduces the cooking time.

Ingredients:
160 g rolled oats
600 ml milk, organic soya milk or water
Sea salt

Method:
Toast the oats until beginning to turn brown; this gives them a nutty flavour.
Place the oats and the milk or water in a large pan over night.
In the morning, gently bring to a simmer, then add a tiny pinch of salt and stir.
Simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring as often as you can to give you a smooth creamy porridge.
If you like your porridge runnier, simply add a splash more milk or water until you’ve got the consistency you like.
Adding fruit helps meet your five-a-day. Locally grown, low carbon options include: apple, pear, blackberries, raspberries, plums – at the right time of year, obviously!

Vegan Mediterranean Shakshuka (serves two hungry people)
In Israel shakshuka is often eaten for breakfast, but this super easy and versatile dish can be cooked or any meal of the day.
Ingredients:

½ tbsp olive oil
½ small brown or white onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ medium green or red bell pepper, chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
½ tsp chilli powder (mild)
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper (or more to taste– spicy!)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 block firm tofu, pressed and drained
½ tbsp fresh chopped parsley

Method:
Gently heat a deep frying pan (a cast iron pan is ideal for this) and add olive oil.
Add chopped onion, sauté for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften.
Add garlic and continue to sauté till mixture is fragrant.
Add the pepper, sauté for 5 minutes until softened.
Add tomatoes and tomato puree to pan, stir till blended.
Add spices, stir well, and allow mixture to simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes until it starts to reduce.

Taste the mixture and season it according to your preferences.
Slice the tofu along the width into four squares and gently place onto tomato mixture.
Cover the pan. Allow mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sauce has slightly reduced.
Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

A bowl of cereal
High fibre breakfast cereals with low sugar and salt content are useful as a quick fix – all cereals are pretty low in carbon and can be grown easily in this country. Sadly, with the average person in the UK still not meeting their five-a-day requirements, this is where a lot of people get a significant amount of their micronutrients from!
As a guide, muesli or a cereal with bran in its title is a good bet, but do check the sugar/salt content on the packet.

Fruit Smoothie
Lots of fruit will grow in the UK, especially if you can give it a bit of protection in a conservatory, greenhouse or against a south facing wall. Here in wet and windy Wales, we were still harvesting raspberries the week before Christmas, and enjoy growing some more unusual fruit – goji berries and honeyberries seem to do well.

Ingredients:
One handful of any seasonal fruit – berries, plums, apricots, figs, currants
300ml milk, or milk substitute, or apple juice, or water and yogurt
2 tbs oats

Method:
If there’s time, prep the fruit the night before and store it in the fridge.
In the morning, buzz it together with a hand blender or liquidizer.

Beans or egg or scrambled tofu, with wilted spinach on toast
Commercially produced eggs are significantly higher in emissions than the other two.Can you keep a trio of ex-battery hens in your back yard? They take up less room than you think, will gobble up much of your garden waste and vegetable peelings and offer you an egg or two a day in return.
High protein foods should help keep you fuller for longer and stop you snacking!
Tofu has far less of an environmental impact than many would believe – it also has a high water content.
A handful of spinach, fresh from the garden, quickly cooked in a pan and added to either scrambled eggs or tofu adds both nutrition and taste.
Use wholemeal bread to boost the nutritional content, and top with herbs fresh from the garden – chives, parsley and marjoram all have additional health benefits.

Want to know more?
This clever little tool will tell you eggsactly how many miles your egg has traveled:
http://www.foodmiles.com/egg-miles.cfm

Find out the environmental effects of your weekly diet: look at Laura’s larder

Food miles calculator

http://www.zerocarbonbritain.com/zcb-using-zcb/zcb-resources

Re-gifting: Green Giving This Christmas

Is she mean, or is she green?

This Christmas an astonishing 52% of people are expected to pass on an unwanted gift on to a friend, colleague or acquaintance. Many more will donate presents to their local charity shop.

reduce_reuse_regift-k5zw67-d1Boxing day is a traditional day of gifting, when servants and tradesman would receive a Christmas box from their bosses. For many of us, it is the traditional day of putting away those unwanted Christmas presents, to be re-gifted in the future to people that may appreciate them more.

So, you got smellies but have sensitive skin? Or three copies of the same book? Or milk chocolates when you have been vegan for years? What is the best way to make sure that your unwanted gifts go to someone that would appreciate them?

One nice idea, adopted by CAT friends in Brighton, is to take an unwanted handbag and fill it with toiletries, sanitary wear and treats and give to a homeless woman.

Every town and city has charity shops that are grateful recipients of unwanted goods at this, or any time of year.

Appropriate clothing can be donated to any number of refugee charities – waterproofs, warm clothes, socks and new underwear are most welcome. Mobile phones are invaluable to people fleeing war and torture.

Food items can be donated to your local food bank, especially nice treats rather than the ubiquitous tins of baked beans.
Unwanted gifts can be put to one side for the inevitable school raffle prize.

Many people keep a drawer of presents, for those last minute surprises – just make sure that you label whom they were originally from – it’s bad form to re-gift a present back to the person that gave it to you!

Re-gifting – what’s not to like? It keeps consumer items out of landfill. It will make someone else happy. It stops new items being made.

Just make sure to follow the golden rule: don’t give Nana those oversize handknitted socks that she gave you last year!

More information:
List of refugee charities: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/03/refugee-crisis-what-can-you-do-to-help
Charity shops near you: http://www.charityretail.org.uk/find-a-charity-shop/
Homeless charities: http://www.charitychoice.co.uk/charities/housing/homeless?onlinedonations=0
Find your nearest foodbank: http://www.trusselltrust.org/map

(Research by Menulog, Nov. 2015)

CAT launches new history book, Voices from a Disused Quarry

Author Allan Shepherd will launched his new book on Friday 3rd of September exploring the history of pioneering environmental organisation the Centre for Alternative Technology.

The launch of the book, Voices from a disused quarry – an oral history of the Centre for Alternative Technology, is the culmination of a three-year oral history project involving over 150 local people, as well as the National Library of Wales, the Arts Council of Wales, The People’s Collection of Wales and the University of Aberystwyth. The project also featured artists, archivists and performers, and included a special edition of Radio 4’s The Reunion.

The book explores the history of the world renowned environmental charity and the challenges and opportunities it has encountered though-out its 40 years. The book was launched at the Small Is festival that was  held at the Centre for Alternative Technology on  the 4th to the 6th of September

“The Small Is festival is a fitting place to launch a history book about CAT and we’re excited to be hosting a dynamic young festival bringing together artists, thinkers and doers working towards creating a betterVoices web res environmental future, whilst reflecting on the past listening to the voices from a disused quarry collected through CAT’s oral history project.”

More than 60 people interviewed for the oral history project are featured in the book, which explores many aspects of CAT’s work, as well as its place in Wales and its role within the environmental movement.

“The project was one of the best things I’ve been involved with. It was a pleasure interviewing so many interesting people and working with these great institutions within Wales. We’d like to do more work with the interviews because they contain the collective wisdom of many years of experience, which I think is relevant to a great many people. CAT is a fascinating place. Why did it start on a disused quarry in a small valley in mid-Wales? What did it mean for the communities in this valley, and for the people who came from elsewhere to work there. Why did it do what it did? What did it achieve? These are some of the questions I try and answer in the book, using the oral testimonies of people close to CAT – its workers, trustees, members, friends and neighbours.”

Allan Shepherd

The book will be published on September 3rd, alongside a new archive website containing historical documents, photographs and a catalogue of material now held at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

CAT was born out of apocalyptic nuclear threat, post full-employment industrial strife and an emergent energy crisis that defined a new kind of environmentalism. Unlike campaign-focused organisations such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, CAT gave people a positive vision for the future based on novel technological and social ideas, at a time when many questioned earth’s very survival. It changed the way people viewed environmental issues and created a new environmental dynamic that helped create Britain’s organic and renewable energy industries.

Notes

Voices from a disused quarry – an oral history of the Centre for Alternative Technology is published by the Centre for Alternative Technology and costs £19.95, ISBN 978-1-902175-87-4, 150pp, fully illustrated throughout. For more information contact annika.faircloth@cat.org.uk or purchase from store.cat.org.uk

• Allan Shepherd will be speaking between 6 and 7 in the Sheppard Theatre in the WISE building at CAT.

• For more information about the archive visit our new archive website http://archive.cat.org.uk

• The Small Is festival explores positive responses to our future through low carbon technology, social justice and the arts. This years festival includes comedians Rob Newman and Josie Long, Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee, and speakers Jane Davidson and Andrew Simms. Tickets are available from http://smallisfestival.org/whats-on/

• Before the festival CAT will be running a special short course on Zero Carbon Britain with free entry to the festival included if booking additional B&B. http://courses.cat.org.uk/sustainable-living/zero-carbon-britain-rethinking-the-future-detail

• Author Allan Shepherd has written 19 books including The Little Book of Compost, Curious Incidents in the Garden at Night-time and The Organic Garden. He is also a freelance feature writer, and has written over 50 articles for a wide range of publications including The Guardian and The Express. He was shortlisted for Garden Columnist of the Year for his column on organic gardening for Garden News. He is happy to be interviewed or to be commissioned to write an article based around the history of CAT. Extracts from the book are not available, due to the nature of the material. For more information contact allan.shepherd@cat.org.uk

Centre for Alternative Technology unveils new electric van, thanks to renewable electricity company, Good Energy

The environmental charity CAT cut the ribbon today on its new electric vehicle, known as Eve. The Aixam Mega Multitruck is a versatile light commercial vehicle that has a wide range of applications. Designed for short delivery missions, the van is perfect for supporting the work of CAT in the local area. Until recently, electric vehicles were designed only as small passenger cars, but thanks to the advances in technology there are  now an increasing number of vans and trucks available on the market.

As well as being a working vehicle, Eve will be on display in the CAT visitor centre as an example of the technological developments in electrical vehicles. The van will be charged using 100% renewable electricity that is in part generated by on-site technologies such as wind, solar and hydro power. The remainder is made up of renewable electricity provided by Good Energy. Purchase of the vehicle was made possible with the support of the 100% renewable electricity supplier, Good Energy. DSC_7517

CAT and Good Energy have been partners for the last decade, working together to promote and build a more sustainable future for the UK. Speaking at the launch event Alex Orme, Business Development Manager at Good Energy said,

 “At Good Energy we believe that 2050 could see the UK powered purely by renewables. That’s why we source all the renewable electricity our customers need from our own wind and solar sites, as well as from a growing network of more than 800 independent generators across the country.

 “We’ve been in partnership with CAT for the last 10 years as we know how vital the work they are doing is. We’re delighted to sponsor Eve and we’re looking forward to developing our partnership further.”

Adrian Ramsay, CEO at the Centre for Alternative Technology said;

 “CAT and Good Energy enjoy many of the same values and are committed to working towards a zero carbon future. The fantastic support of Good Energy has enabled us to purchase ‘Eve’ and we look forward to continuing to support their work in encouraging people to switch to green energy providers.

The last two years have seen a remarkable surge in demand for electric vehicles in the UK with new registrations of plug-in cars increasing four-fold from around 3,500 in 2013 to 15,500 in 2014. There has also been a huge increase in the number of electric models available in the UK, with each of the 10 best-selling brands now offering an EV as part of their model range.

With several new electric models due to be launched during 2015, and the Plug-in Car Grant now guaranteed until 2017, buying an electric car is now a real option for a large number of UK motorists, with choosing to charge your electric vehicle at home from a 100% renewable energy tariff being the natural next step to truly green motoring.DSC_7500-2-2

Energy users can support the Centre for Alternative Technology by making the switch and signing up to Good Energy. Quote ‘CAT’ when switching to Good Energy’s 100% renewable electricity or dual fuel tariffs and the company will give CAT £30 to help them in their work.

Find out more information at www.goodenergy.co.uk/cat

 

Water Efficiency – Free CPD day course for Plumbers in Wales

Learn about the latest equipment with free water efficiency training for plumbers.

plumbing course
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Steven Depolo

Ideal for plumbers, plumbing students, builders and anyone who wants to know about how to carry out a water audit and which water efficiency solutions will provide the greatest savings. The training in Implementing a Water Efficiency Strategy is interactive and practical. You will learn how to reduce the vast amount of water lost every year by identifying cost-effective solutions.

  • Carrying out a water audit
  • Identifying effective solutions
  • Installing water efficiency equipment

 

South Wales7th May 9am – 5:30pmand 14th May 9am – 5:30pmBridgend College, Bridgend North Wales2nd June9am – 5:30pmColeg Llandrillo, ColwynBay

 

Mid Wales11th June9am – 5:30pmCeredigion College, Aberystwyth

 

 

Many public buildings are wasting vast quantities of water every year. As all non-residential buildings are charged per m3 of water used, there is a monetary cost as well as an environmental cost to this excessive water use. And yet it is easy to save significant amounts of water, often with very low cost solutions. The trick is to understand where the building is using water efficiently, and where it is wasting water; after that the most cost effective solutions can be identified and implemented.

Who will it be delivered by?

Cath Hassell, ech2o who has fifteen years’ experience of providing sustainable water solutions (both behavioural and technological) in schools, offices, pubs, restaurants, night clubs, community buildings and housing.
Grace Crabb, CAT. Grace studied an undergraduate degree in Biodiversity Conservation at KentUniversity. She then gained an MSc in Community Water Supply from CranfieldUniversity. She has worked in practical water and land management for more than 10 years, including more than 5 years at CAT where she worked as Senior Water and Natural Resources Coo

Course fees and how to book your place:

The course is FREE, but in order to attend the course free of charge you must fit the eligibility criteria:

  • Live or work in one of Wales’ Convergence Areas Wales Convergence area
  • Be employed, self-employed or in full time education
  • Work in the built environment or allied services
  • NOT work for a public sector organisation

In order to ensure the eligibility of delegates, you will be asked to complete a Participant Enrolment Form and supplementary information to evidence eligibility.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding eligibility.

To reserve a place on one of the courses Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 952 or email us at courses@cat.org.uk

Hyfforddiant effeithlonrwydd dŵr rhad ac am ddim ar gyfer plymwyr

Hyfforddiant delfrydol ar gyfer plymwyr, plymwyr dan hyfforddiant ac unrhyw un sy’n dymuno dysgu sut i gyflawni archwiliad dŵr a darganfod pa ddulliau effeithlonrwydd dŵr fydd yn rhoi’r arbedion mwyaf. Mae Gweithredu Strategaeth Effeithlonrwydd Dŵr yn hyfforddiant rhyngweithiol ac ymarferol.  Byddwch yn dysgu sut i leihau’r holl ddŵr a gollir pob blwyddyn drwy adnabod atebion cost effeithiol.

  • Cynnal archwiliad dŵr
  • Adnabod atebion effeithiol
  • Gosod offer i hybu effeithlonrwydd dŵr

 

De Cymru7 fed Mai9am – 5:30pm a14eg Mai

9am – 5:30pm

Coleg Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr

Gogledd Cymru2il Mehefin9am – 5:30pmColeg Llandrillo, Bae Colwyn Canolbarth Cymru11eg Mehefin9am – 5:30pmColeg Ceredigion, Aberystwyth

 

Mae nifer o adeiladau cyhoeddus yn gwastraffu llawer iawn o ddŵr pob blwyddyn.  Gan fod pob adeilad dibreswyl yn talu fesul m3 o ddŵr a ddefnyddir, mae yna gost ariannol yn ogystal â chost amgylcheddol i’r defnydd gormodol hwn o ddŵr.  Serch hynny, peth hawdd yw arbed dŵr sylweddol, a hynny yn aml drwy ddefnyddio atebion isel eu cost.  Y gamp yw deall ymhle mae adeilad yn defnyddio dŵr yn effeithlon ac ymhle y mae’n gwastraffu dŵr; yna gellir adnabod yr atebion mwyaf cost effeithlon a’u rhoi ar waith.

Pwy fydd yn cyflwyno’r cwrs?

Cath Hassell, ech2o sydd â phymtheg mlynedd o brofiad o ddarparu atebion dŵr cynaliadwy (ymddygiadol a thechnolegol) mewn ysgolion, swyddfeydd, tafarndai, bwytai, clybiau nos, tai ac adeiladau cymunedol.
Grace Crabb, CyDA. Astudiodd Grace am radd israddedig mewn Cadwraeth Bioamrywiaeth ym Mhrifysgol Caint.  Yna, enillodd radd MSc mewn Cyflenwad Dŵr Cymunedol ym Mhrifysgol Cranfield.  Mae wedi bod yn gwneud gwaith ymarferol ym maes rheoli dŵr a thir ers dros ddeng mlynedd, gan gynnwys 5 mlynedd yng Nghanolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen lle’r oedd yn Uwch Gydlynydd Dŵr ac Adnoddau Naturiol.

Costau’r cwrs a sut i archebu lle:

Mae’r cwrs yn RHAD ac AM DDIM, ond os am ddod ar y cwrs yn ddi-dâl rhaid i chi gwrdd â’r meini prawf cymhwysedd: 

  • Byw neu weithio yn un o Ardaloedd Cydgyfeirio Cymru Wales Convergence area 
  • Dylid bod yn gyflogedig, hunangyflogedig neu mewn addysg llawn amser
  • Dylid bod yn gweithio yn yr amgylchedd adeiledig neu wasanaethau cysylltiedig
  • NI DDYLID BOD yn gweithio i sefydliad sector cyhoeddus

Er mwyn sicrhau cymhwysedd y cynrychiolwyr, gofynnir i chi lenwi Ffurflen Cofrestru Cyfranogwyr a darparu gwybodaeth ategol i brofi eich cymhwysedd.

Cysylltwch â ni os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau ynghylch eich cymhwysedd.

I gadw lle ar un o’r cyrsiau, ffoniwch yr Adran Gyrsiau ar 01654 704 952 neu anfonwch e-bost at courses@cat.org.uk

2015: A crucial year for our changing planet

We have launched a new fundraising campaign this week in order to support our vital work in building momentum throughout 2015 in  keeping climate change on the agenda in the run-up to the general election, and support the growing network of organisations calling for a net zero agreement, ahead of December’s crucial UN Climate Summit in Paris.

Support our work by donating here

“2015 is going to be one big year for everyone involved in the climate change debate. CAT’s work on its Zero Carbon Britain project, and on ‘deep decarbonisation’ in general, provides a formidable resource in combatting the dark forces that are holding back real change, inspirationally signposting exactly the kind of transition strategies we now so urgently need.”Jonathon Porritt Jan 2015

Something is shifting, we recently interviewed Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything. for our Clean Slate magazine  One of her phrases that  really struck us was : “We need a convergence of existing movements to turn this tanker around.” We at CAT couldn’t agree more, which is why we need you to support the work we do.

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Climate science shows that the UK needs to rapidly move to net zero carbon emissions if we are to play our part in averting dangerous climate change. CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain team has shown that we have the technical ability to get to net zero. We know that a bright, positive, zero carbon future is possible – the only barrier is the will to change. And yet government action in the UK and elsewhere has been pitifully inadequate.

CAT’s pioneering, practical methods have inspired a generation by mapping the changes required at every level in society: the education of our schoolchildren, the way we construct our buildings and design our energy systems, the way we organise our economies and influence public behaviour. We believe that 2015 is an exceptional opportunity to create the impetus needed for these changes – and to do that we need your help. We are going to be:

Getting ‘net zero’ on the agenda – building on CAT’s acclaimed Zero Carbon Britain research, we are joining up with other organisations, scientists and academics across the globe to call for a net zero agreement in Paris.

Digging below the climate rhetoric – as we approach the general election we will be using our new Manifestometer to help people to dig below policy makers’ rhetoric. This penetrating set of questions helps you check whether manifesto promises match up to the practical steps needed to build a zero carbon Britain.

Equipping civil society groups – we will be running workshops and seminars for those concerned about climate change at conferences, festivals and other events.

Keeping climate solutions in the media spotlight – CAT’s media team is stepping up its activity: researching stories, creating press releases and using social media to spread our message of positive solutions as far and wide as possible.

Bringing a positive vision to Paris – working with climate scientists, NGOs and policy makers we will ensure that our voice is heard loud and clear in the build-up to, during and after the UN Climate Summit.

We are aiming to raise £34,000 to enable us to build a strong, collective voice of concerned citizens in time for the UK election and before the Paris Summit. For 40 years CAT has been able to offer an alternative to the vested interests that are destroying our planet. So many people have come on this journey with us – members, volunteers, supporters, academics – everyone who is part of the CAT community has helped make this possible. We would be so grateful if you could support us  at this highly significant time for people and the environment. Together, we can turn this tanker around!

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