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Climate Crisis protest in Carmarthen

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XR holds protest in Carmarthen

TODAY XR Carmarthen staged interaction with the public as part of the National “Impossible Rebellion”, having the sort of conversations that the government seems unwilling and impossible to have about the hard truths of climate change, and how it could and is affecting local people and communities.

Highlighting the inaction of Barclays Bank in particular, who even since the Paris Accord continues to fund fossil fuels, between 2016 & 2020 to the tune of £104 billion investing in coal, oil, gas, fracking and even Arctic oil, flying in the face the recent warnings from the recent IPCC report, branded a “Code Red” for humanity by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Barclays Bank was symbolically washed.

Carmarthen XR supporter Jane Mansfield, a retired district nurse and grandparent from Drefach, Felindre said “I have no option but to protest as the future depends on it, it feels better trying to do something rather than sitting at home worrying about the careless way our government (and others) treat the future”

A protester dressed as Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Audley Parry-Burnett, Acupuncturist, Environmentalist and concerned parent said “the Covid crisis shows we CAN act fast in an emergency- it’s now time to treat the Climate Crisis like the emergency it is”

Business owner Michelle Meredith of Trevaughan asked “how much more evidence do we need for local decision makers to actually take action?  Flooding in Carmarthen has always happened, but the frequency and severity is in almost no doubt linked to Climate change, with the potential to devastate communities and businesses in our local area.  Flood defences have their place, but are only a temporary measure – just how high would we need to build walls around our lovely town before it disappeared under water?  Recent events have shown time and again the devastating effects on local businesses, the time for action instead of promises and declarations is long overdue.”

‘Boris Johnson’ holding a sign saying “My recovery plan will cost the Earth”

In a live video from The Carmarthenshire Herald, one of the protesters said: “Mainly we want people to talk. To talk about those deep hidden terrors and fears. To talk to each other . To go out to their community groups. To talk to their friends and relatives. To talk in their schools. To talk in their rugby clubs. To talk in their sports groups. 

“Secondly we need you to put pressure on the politicians to take emergency action now. We have three years before there’s enough carbon in the atmosphere to lock in 1.5 degrees, then we’re heading to 2 degrees. 2 degrees is game over for many parts of the Earth.”

He recommends contacting your local MPs using WriteToThem.com if you are unable to talk to them in person.

A commentor on the Live Video, Phillip Hughes, has said: “Well done to Extinction Rebellion for calling out Barclays, the largest financier of the fossil fuel industry.

“Climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying, and some trends are now irreversible, at least during the present time frame, according to the latest much-anticipated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

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Respect, protect and enjoy Halloween safely

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RESPECT, protect, and enjoy. That’s the message from Dyfed-Powys Police as officers urge people to celebrate Halloween safely.

The force has launched Operation Bang 2021, asking people to think differently about the way they mark Halloween this year.

Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, and with some restrictions in place, officers are encouraging people to respect their neighbours, protect emergency services by reducing demand, and enjoy celebrations at home.

Inspector Justin Evans of the Crime and Harm Reduction Unit said: “You might be familiar with Op Bang, which is an annual operation aimed at keeping people safe over Halloween and bonfire night. This year, while our policing focus remains firmly on tackling antisocial behaviour and keeping people safe, for the second year our message is a little bit different given the unusual circumstances we’ve found ourselves in.

“We’re asking people to consider celebrating at home instead of going out and about, respecting that there are people who find Halloween distressing at the best of times, and who might find that the uncertainty of the current situation has heightened these feelings of anxiety.

“We also ask that you do your best to keep yourself and your family safe to prevent adding pressure to the emergency services during already busy times.”

Carving pumpkins, making crafts, and creating a spooky trail around your house or garden are all ways to celebrate Halloween at home with younger children.

While older children and teenagers might still want to meet up with friends, parents are urged to keep track of their plans, remind them to consider the consequences of their actions, and be mindful of lockdown restrictions.

“Fortunately, the majority of communities we police don’t experience a great increase in crime at this time of year, but there can always be one or two people who spoil it for everyone else,” Insp Evans said.

“We don’t want anyone’s enjoyment to get out of hand and cause distress or harm to others.

“By working together we can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.”

For Halloween craft ideas and ways to celebrate at home, check out the Dyfed-Powys Police Pinterest page.

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Christmas Toy Box Appeal to support families

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Council staff will purchase gifts and toys and distribute them in the run-up to Christmas.

CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has launched its annual Christmas Toybox Appeal.

The appeal, in its 11th year, helps hundreds of children with families who can’t afford to buy toys or gifts.

Last year saw us help more families than ever who were struggling financially with more than 7,500 gifts were distributed to 1,256 children.

The appeal was launched online for the first time in 2020 following the coronavirus pandemic and people were asked to make a financial donation instead of buying gifts and toys. Given the current situation people are asked to donate in the same way.

Gifts will be bought out of the money donated and given to families who, for a range of reasons, are not able to give their children a Christmas that most of us take for granted.

Schools, family centres and youth workers identify those who are in greatest need of support.

Council staff will purchase gifts and toys and distribute them in the run-up to Christmas.

The council’s executive board member responsible for the Toybox Appeal, Cllr Mair Stephens said: “Last year we saw an unprecedented demand from families struggling to buy their children gifts. The appeal ensured that local children, who might otherwise have received nothing or very little, were given a gift at Christmas. We have always had fantastic support from the public and couldn’t do it without their help. Every donation, no matter how big or small, will make a huge difference to those less fortunate families. So please dig deep and donate to the online Christmas appeal.”

You can make a financial donation by visiting their website

If you have a cash or cheque donation please call 01267 234567.

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New Year start date for new state-of-the-art Pembrey primary school

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The new modern purpose-built £8.25million primary school will be built next to the existing school site on Ashburnham Road.

WORK will get underway to build a state-of-the-art primary school in Pembrey in the new year.

Carmarthenshire County Council has unveiled plans for its latest new school, part of its multi-million pound Modernising Education Programme, jointly funded by the Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools initiative.

The new modern purpose-built £8.25million primary school will be built next to the existing school site on Ashburnham Road.

On completion it will provide high-quality teaching facilities for 270 primary pupils and 30 nursery pupils.

It will also incorporate a Flying Start facility for younger children, located in a mobile classroom on the current school site.

The school has been designed by Carmarthenshire County Council’s own architects and the work will be carried out by Carmarthenshire-based TRJ Construction Ltd, selected from the South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework.

Headteacher Helen Jacob said: “Teaching staff, pupils and families are excited and looking forward to seeing our new school come to life. Our children will benefit from seeing every phase of their new school being built right alongside us – it has been designed to enhance learning and teaching and it is very much deserved.”

Cllr Glynog Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, added: “We are proud to be delivering yet another fantastic new school in Carmarthenshire as part of our Modernising Education Programme.

“The new Ysgol Pen-bre will provide an excellent learning and teaching environment and will also benefit the local community, with many features built into the design that can be used by local people when it opens.

“We look forward to seeing construction start in January.”

By the end of the 2020/21 financial year, Carmarthenshire County Council will have invested £295million in transforming its network of nursery, primary and secondary schools.

Since the programme was launched, 12 new primary schools and two new secondary schools have been built and a number of other schools have been remodelled and refurbished to provide top-class learning and community facilities.

Find out more at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/education

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