Hay on Earth Develops Sustainable Solutions for Wales at Hay Literary Festival

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The Hay Festival, taking place this weekend, is one of the most respected literary and ideas festival in the world. Each year it plays host to great minds, writers, poets, and musicians who are creating inspiring work. Think of it as a low key version of TED in the green Welsh countryside rather than on the golden Californian coast. This year for the second year running, alongside it's usual programme, the Hay Festival is hosting Hay on Earth, a programme of workshops dedicated to developing practical sustainable solutions for Wales. Click through to find out what's on...Hay on Earth is organised by Change Maker Andy Middleton from TYF EcoSapiens and Andy Fryers from the Hay Festival. They describe the workshops as "one of the only events in the UK that brings together experts and stakeholders from a diverse range of organisations and use systems approaches to create practical plans and projects."

Hay on Earth at Hay Literary Festival photo

Taking place across four days of the Hay Festival Hay on Earth dedicated each day long workshop to one environmental issue in Wales that needs practical solutions.

May 22nd: The Converging on Zero workshop aims to "generate senior management and board level understanding across private and public sector organisations of how large the scale change that Wales needs, and how this change can be rapidly embedded through leadership and collaborative working."

May 27th: The Cradle to Cradle Food Security worshop aims to "start creating shared vision for the pathway to zero waste, community based food security, with short and medium term actions to deliver transformation of the way we produce and transport food."

May 28th: The Streets Ahead workshop aims to "get representatives from business, government, third sector and community to commit to running Streets Ahead change events that explore the real scale of CO2 reduction and resource savings that can be made through deep levels of engagement and understanding."

May 29th: The Getting the message out workshop aims to "create a convincing Welsh angle on communicating how to grow the essence of the previous three days' workshops into nation-scale change for sustainability and food security through connected, community-based working."

Andy Middleton describes Hay on Earth as a "unique and powerful opportunity to shape policy, strategy and action in an uplifting and inspirational environment, with like-minded thinkers and change agents." He himself has donated his TYF business’s One Percent for the Planet funds for the next two years to make this event happen with help from sponsorship by Howies, the Energy Savings Trust.

To find out more about Hay on Earth contact Andy Middleton at andy.m@tyf.com

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