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Wales and climate change – a view from China


Anyone who’s sceptical about the need for Wales to take action on climate change should meet Limin Wang.

Limin has an infectious sense of humour, a love of cheese and Welsh beer. He’s also passionate about the environment and for every country to play its part in safeguarding the future of our planet.

As Deputy Director of Conservation at WWF-China, he is based in WWF’s office in Shanghai. The city is enormous. According to official figures it has a population of 23 million – around eight times that of Wales!

Anne Meikle and Limin Want at Sennedd BuildingAnne Meikle and Limin Want at Sennedd Building. © Richard Nosworthy / WWF Cymru

Recently I was lucky enough to welcome Limin to Cardiff, where he met the WWF Cymru team and we shared our experiences of working for WWF on opposite sides of the planet.

Limin told us about the work that he and his colleagues in China are doing. As you might expect, this includes conservation work to protect the country’s iconic wildlife – most famously the giant panda.

While we have no pandas in Wales, there’s a lot we have in common.

In Shanghai, WWF is working with local authorities on conservation of the city’s large river estuary – the Yangtze River joins the East China Sea there and the river is home to porpoises, alligators and river dolphins. We explained that we also want to see our river estuary – the Severn – managed sustainably.

And then there are the big global issues such as climate change.

In Shanghai, Limin has been involved in a ‘Low Carbon City’ project which includes action to reduce energy consumption in the city’s buildings.

So what does Limin think of what much smaller countries like Wales can do to tackle climate change? Watch the video clip below.

Limin’s visit reminded me that when it comes to protecting the environment, we really are all in this together.

WWF’s global campaigns are just as important in Wales as in China. Limin and his team run Earth hour in Shanghai – turning off lights to show they want action on climate change on the same day as we do in Wales and in other countries around the world.

So, as Limin says, we, in Wales, must do our bit – playing our part on actions like cutting our carbon emissions. It’s good to hear that he thinks it’s important that we share our experiences and lead by example .

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