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Wales Climate Week 2021: Policy ambition must catch up with rhetoric

The Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders MS, has marked the start of Wales Climate Week 2021 by underlining the need for Welsh Government action to match its rhetoric.



In her video marking the occasion, Janet underlined how the non-partisan Green Alliance think tank has found that the UK Government has progressed its Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, achieving its 2020-21 targets and has started making progress on some longer-term targets.

Earlier this month, Mrs Finch-Saunders opened a Senedd debate calling on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government and set out a plan to deliver thousands of green collar jobs for a greener economy, making clear the need to urgently bring forward key pledges such as a clean air Bill, banning of single use plastics for non-medical use, and a deposit-return scheme.

Speaking of the need for a green revolution in Wales, Janet said:

“I welcome the start of Wales Climate Week 2021 which, off the back of the UK Government taking global leadership at COP26, will crucially provide people with another important opportunity to engage in conversations about the most pressing issues of our time – the climate and biodiversity crises. “With the non-partisan Green Alliance think tank praising the UK Government for its actions under the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, I have consistently made clear that I wish to see this sort of ambition, which neatly balances economic growth with essential carbon reduction measures, replicated by the Welsh Government. “This is why I’ll be using Wales Climate Week to encourage Welsh Ministers to reflect on their inaction and set about increasing the ambition of the vehicle charging strategy, deposit return scheme plans, Clean Air action and press the need for statutory biodiversity targets. “Residents and elected officials want Wales to be a green and marine world leader. It is now time for policy to catch up with rhetoric.”

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Photo: Janet Finch-Saunders MS/AS

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