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Wales and the Footprint
Eco Footprinting is being used by the Welsh Assembly Government as a baseline indicator for sustainability. Their aim is for Wales to become a one planet nation within the lifetime of a generation. You can find out more about this here.
Footprint Wales is a network of organisations involved with Eco Footprinting in Wales. You can find out more from their website.
The Dyfi Footprint
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) and Ecodyfi based in Machynlleth have been working on eco footprinting projects in the Dyfi Valley for some time. ‘Footprint Futures’ has come about as a result of CATs ‘Dyfi Footprint’ project with Machynlleth primary school.
What are people saying about the project?
The project at Machynlleth primary school was enjoyed by staff and pupils. Knowledge was assessed with a variety of games and work by the pupils. The final evaluation quiz was delivered four months after the project had ended. Pupils were interviewed by an external evaluator one year later. The childrens answers proved that they had retained knowledge of sustainability issues delivered by the project. Their understanding of sustainability issues was more sophisticated than the knowledge of many older pupils and adults.
The project also allowed them to develop new skills, including map reading, using timetables, building models, using renewable energy equipment, interviewing guests, and presenting their work. The pupils were interviewed by Jan Bond who is the external subject specialist for geography for DCELLS at the Welsh Assembly Government. She found that the project had helped them develop a range of knowledge and skills and helped deliver the Skills Framework.