Women Eye New Career Opportunities by Doing Their Bit for the Environment

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Byline: By Sally Williams Western Mail

A new breed of Welsh women is doing more than recycling household waste and using water wisely to tackle the effects of climate change. They are now inspecting the nation's flood defences and salmon stocks to see the science behind the headlines for themselves.

Experts believe that there will soon be massive opportunities for people with environmentally friendly skills as society increasingly turns its attentions towards tackling climate change.

From being a niche sector, managing environmental issues could become a lucrative and essential area.

So the group of women have been touring river banks, tidal flap doors, sampling water reserves and studying biodiversity and conservation, with a view to embarking on a new career with the Environment Agency.

Claire Wray, 39, a former accountant from Dwyrain near Llanfair Pwll, said, 'I've always believed that climate change is happening and I wanted to see how it is affecting Wales.

'We can all do our bit, by doing small things like not putting more water in than needed when boiling the kettle and switching off the tap when brushing our teeth rather than waste water.

'The environment, its conservation and pollution control are things that are becoming increasingly important in all our lives, these are not areas that can be ignored.

'Women tend to limit their own goals but we have been looking at salmon stocks in Conwy and seeing how rising sea levels and temperatures will impact on Wales.

'After 20 years accountancy I knew that it wasn't for me anymore.

'I've often read articles about the Environment Agency but thought that the kind of work involved with conservation was more geared towards men, so hadn't really considered this field before. …