I have joined The Climate Coalition in Parliament to support the ‘Show the Love’ campaign.
‘Show the Love’ is an annual celebration for the people, places and life that we love and want to protect from climate change. Hundreds of thousands of constituents up and down the country have been crafting green hearts, holding events and starting conversations about the impacts of climate change on our doorstep here in the UK.
Today (11 April 2018) I visited the Co-Op in Mold to support them in their goal of raising awareness of autism. This followed on from World Autism Awareness Week (which took place on 26 March – 2 April 2018).
There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK – that’s more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism is part of daily life for 2.8 million people. It is a hidden disability and 70% of autistic adults say that they are not getting the help they need and it makes them feel isolated.
The National Autistic Society Cymru states on their website that:
“Trips to the shops can be stressful for autistic children and adults. Stress can affect behaviour and can have a profound effect on a person’s ability to do day-to-day activities like shopping. Frustration or anxiety can be caused by not knowing why we need to shop or what will happen when shopping, and a person can be overwhelmed by sensory experiences at the shops.” Read more “Autism Awareness Month”
Last Saturday, I attended the Mold Fairtrade group promoting the fairtrade status of Mold. This was part of the groups action to promote Fairtrade Fortnight.
Fairtrade Fortnight is crucial in highlighting the importance of ensuring that those who produce the goods we use get the benefits themselves in their communities. Thanks to the Mold Fairtrade group for organising the stall in Mold market, to the Coop group store in Mold for donating the Fairtrade bananas, and to Tesco Mold for donating the Fairtrade tea and coffee.