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Celebrating at the Senedd: Your photo-wishes for a brighter future for Wales

 

Most of us wish for something. This time of year most are centred around losing weight or getting healthier. But if you’re like me, self-obsessed wishes tend to frizzle out by end of the month.

That’s why WWF Cymru’s ‘Welsh Wish-Dymuniad Cymru’ is different. It’s about bringing a community of diverse people together who share a common wish for a brighter future for Wales.

Through Welsh Wish, people from across Wales made a photo-wish that captured  what ‘living in harmony with the planet’ looks like to them. Hundreds of snapshots were shared with us throughout the summer and autumn and we shared them online.

Last week, I was privileged to be able to meet some of our Welsh Wish community at our Welsh Wish event in the Senedd (Welsh Assembly building) in Cardiff Bay.

There we launched a book that captured the eight most compelling images, along with sixteen highly commended pictures that best captured Wales’ bright future. The images ranged from camping on the coast, gathering fruit from an orchard and reducing litter.

Members of the Welsh Wish community with event sponsor William Powell AM.Members of the Welsh Wish community with event sponsor William Powell AM. Photo: Betina Skovbro / WWF Cymru

Here’s a sample of some of the wishes people made with their photos:

“I wish our coast is forever loved & cared for, so people feel the awe it inspires for generations to come”

“…to see Wales running on renewable, green energy by utilising resources that Mother Nature provides us.”

“I would like to see everyone get active locally, so that they change their locality for the better, and get to meet their neighbours”

“…all fragile natural landscapes are protected to preserve wildlife – as a priority of ecological balance and respect over financial profit”

Welsh Wish participant Scott Euden explains his wish to the Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant.Welsh Wish participant Scott Euden explains his wish to the Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant. Photo: Betina Skovbro / WWF Cymru

Welsh Wish is timely as politicians in Wales are debating a new law which could make a big difference to people and wildlife, called the Well-being of Future Generations Bill.

The event was  sponsored by William Powell AM, and each photographer  shared their wishes with the Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant.

We also enjoyed a poem composed by poet and Welsh Wish contributor Mab Jones, as well as music from folk musician Gareth Bonello.

Gareth’s music also featured in this short Welsh Wish film, which we showed at the event.

We hope our politicians will be inspired, as I have, by these photo-wishes.  We want them to use the opportunity presented by the Well-being of Future Generations Bill to make these wishes come true.

All the images that feature in the Welsh Wish booklet are on the Welsh Wish website. What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments below.

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