Campaigners Speak Up for Wales this Autumn!

We’re now well into the swing of autumn, which is the perfect time to SpeakUp for the climate!

 

Members of the public and Stop Climate Chaos Cymru campaigners have been meeting their AMs and calling on the Welsh Government to show clearly how it will meet its targets for cutting emissions.

 

Friends of the Earth Cymru are just one out of 16 influential Welsh Organisations that make up Stop Climate Chaos Cymru coalition, representing thousands of people across Wales for Climate action. Stop Climate Chaos Cymru has organised a series of events across Wales where members of the public will tell their local AMs and MPs why they want to see politicians taking tough action to tackle climate change.

 

One of the first events found campaigners gathering at the newly-opened Radyr Weir Hydro Scheme [1] with Cardiff West Labour MP Kevin Brennan. After an educational tour around the project by Richard Cornock of Cardiff Council, Kevin Brennan made a pledge to SpeakUp for action on climate change!

There was also a great meeting at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, who hosted another successful Local Climate Lobby. Local AM Simon Thomas attended the meeting, and pledged to #SpeakUp in his region.

With the momentum keeping up for the rest of Autumn such as beach cleans and public meetings, take a look to see whether there are any events near you happening here: https://goo.gl/uLlmnh

 

Over the past 18 months, two new Welsh laws[2] have been passed that are really exciting, and give a firm footing for taking action to tackle climate change. But now, politicians need to deliver!

Speaking to Haf Elgar, Chair of SCC Cymru, and campaigner for Friends of the Earth Cymru, she said:

“In this new Assembly, we need politicians to Speak Up and commit to taking action to tackle climate change. Climate is one of the biggest challenges the world faces, and Wales needs to play its part in fighting it. So, when people across Wales meet their AMs as part of our Local Climate Lobby this autumn, they’ll be showing them that now is the time for action to cut dirty emissions and support renewables.

“They need to deliver on the commitments of the laws that have been passed, and set out a plan for reducing our carbon emissions and making our economy low-carbon. As a priority, the Welsh Government should roll out a major home energy efficiency programme, commit to taking carbon out of our power sector, and lead by example by looking at divesting[3] its own funds from fossil industries.”

 

Follow Stop Climate Chaos on Twitter and use the hashtag #CodiLlais #SpeakUp 

 

[1] Radyr Weir Hydro Scheme is a hydroelectric energy generation scheme that uses water from the River Taff to produce electricity.
[2] The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 act as a strong framework for tackling climate change.
[3] Divestment is the opposite of an investment: getting rid of stocks, bonds, or investment funds that are considered unethical or morally ambiguous.

 

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