Calls for action to slow climate change & stop coastal communities from ‘sleepwalking into oblivion'
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Janet Finch-Saunders, is demanding more action to tackle climate change after BBC Wales published a story revealing some areas of Wales at risk of coastal erosion could be “sleepwalking into oblivion.”
Experts have warned that more than 2,000 properties across the country are in danger of sea erosion and fear 36,000 will be at risk of coastal flooding by the end of the century if coastal defences are not maintained.
Janet Finch-Saunders MS said:
“Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay must take urgent action to tackle climate change, or thousands of homes and businesses across the country will face complete devastation. “The Welsh Labour Government has not done an awful lot to tackle the serious threat since it declared a ‘climate change emergency’ two years ago, and we cannot just do nothing and watch on as large swathes of our coastal communities disappear. “Welsh Conservatives have been clear from the outset that we need to carry out risk-based assessments of our flood defences and invest more money into defences to ensure they are fit for purpose, as well as setting up a National Flood Agency to coordinate risk management and respond to flooding events. “I hope the Welsh Labour Government listens to our calls and acts before it is too late.”
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The BBC Wales story can be found here: Climate change: 'Sleepwalking into oblivion' coastal erosion warning - BBC News