I am Aimee Parker and I am based in Caerleon, South Wales. Over the last 20 years I have worked in a wide range of roles in the voluntary sector in Wales. I became passionate about tackling climate change whilst working for Size of Wales, a Wales based charity which focuses on the protection of tropical forests. Understanding the global impacts of climate change inspired me to make small lifestyle changes and ultimately to consider how I could inspire others to do the same.
Two years ago, I set up a group in my local community called Green Caerleon. The aim of this group is to support the community to live more sustainably. We have an active Facebook and Instagram presence which engages the community in all aspects of sustainability and sustainable living. We also run several community projects including a children’s costume library and party pack and a growing project which supports and encourages people in the community to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Ten years ago, I set up a charity called Blossom Africa which has evolved over time but now has a firm focus on supporting communities in Uganda to adapt to climate change. The rural communities we work with are on the frontline of climate change and are finding it increasingly difficult to survive and thrive. We have supported the community to develop various projects including savings and loans groups, a goat project, seeds and tree seedling distribution and vocational training opportunities.