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Full speed ahead into a green future for Wales.

People have many different ideas about environmentalism. Some people think it's about returning to an earlier way of life that was supposedly more in keeping with nature. Others think it's about preserving what is left of the natural landscapes around us and the rural ways of life that have evolved over centuries.

Personally, I think it's about neither of these things, but about building a new future for ourselves, one in which we use our natural resources in a more efficient and sustainable way. This is the thinking that lies behind much of the exciting work that is going in Wales and elsewhere today, some of which we look at in this issue of Go Green.

Key to this future is the energy sector - without becoming more sustainable in the way we use energy, we might as well give up now. That's why on pages 8-10, we look at some of work in renewable energy that is happening in Wales, from the North Hoyle offshore wind farm that is celebrating its 10th anniversary to the latest plans to harness power from the sea, whether it be by tidal lagoon, barrage or tidal stream turbine.

If we want to make renewable energy more popular and less controversial, we could take a leaf out of Germany's book and make sure that it is something that everybody has a stake in, rather than just the big energy companies. Alan Simpson looks at Germany's energy revolution on pages 25-26.

An exciting project to make highly energy efficient houses at an affordable cost has been taking place in West Wales. Rin Hamburgh takes a look at Ty Solar on pages 18-19.

Rin also takes a look at the latest in environmentally friendly beauty products in pages 14-15. The future is about looking good and feeling great as well as getting your megawatt hours from a green energy provider.

Nowhere is the focus on the future more evident than in the Welsh Government's aptly if somewhat airily named Well-being of Future Generations Bill, its long-awaited and finally published legislation on sustainable development.

The Bill attempts to enshrine in law the principle that all decisions by the Welsh Government and other public bodies should be made with the future wellbeing of Wales' people, its environment, society and culture all taken into account. It's far from perfect, but it is at least a first step towards a long-term view of our national priorities.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 19, 2014
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