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As a project, we are aware of the urgent need to respond to the climate emergency and take climate action.

In December 2022, we invited our community garden users to make a #PlanetaryPledge and share with others.

The #PlanetaryPledge could be any action that plays a part in taking individual or community-based climate action and makes a difference to the planet.

Photographer Dan Green took a series of portraits of garden members - including session leaders, volunteers, families attending outdoor play and visitors - and their #PlanetaryPledge for 2023.

A selection of the portraits and pledges are now on display along the Global Gardens fence.

Climate change: scientific evidence

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):

"The concentration of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere is directly linked to the average global temperature on Earth. The concentration has been rising steadily, and mean global temperatures along with it, since the time of the Industrial Revolution. The most abundant greenhouse gas, accounting for about two-thirds of greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2), is largely the product of burning fossil fuels." (IPCC, 2018)

According to the IPCC, we will see serious climate impacts with a temperature change increase of 1.5°C. But after that it is likely to get much worse. According to the IPCC, the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C is…

  • the difference between 70% or 99% of coral reefs dying.

  • double the likelihood that insects, vital pollinators, lose half their habitat.

  • 1 meter added in sea-level rise.

  • 6 - 16 million affected by sea-level rise in coastal areas by the end of this century

As a coastal city, Cardiff, under a medium greenhouse gas emission scenario, it is projected that an increase of relative sea level rise (taking into account land level changes) of 21-68cm by 2095 (Welsh Govenment, 2011).

We need to act now! As a community garden project in Cardiff we recognise the impacts climate change could have upon our community. So we are committing to doing work that supports individual and community-based climate action.

We invite you to make a #PlanetaryPledge and share any action that you are committing to take into 2023.

Climate Change:

Take a selfie and share with the #PlanetaryPledge @globalgardensproject

With thanks to The National Community Lottery Fund in Wales for supporting our '

Together for Our Planet' Programme.


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