The Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders MS, has urged the Welsh Government to bring forward the deadline for the engagement proposals, under the Pledge Campaign element of the All Wales Plan 2021-25, Working Together to Reach Net Zero.
The intervention, in the form of a question to the First Minister, came as it was revealed that only nine local authorities were included on the list of pledge campaign respondents.
Commenting after her question, Janet said:
“Despite the Welsh Government declaring a Climate Emergency in 2019, the documents released under the All Wales Plan 2021-25, Working Together to Reach Net Zero, reveal the stark reality that only 16 local authorities have followed suit. What is most worrying is that only 9 local authorities are included on the list of pledge campaign respondents. “By declaring these climate and nature emergencies, it focuses the mind of decision makers to make the necessary changes on a local government and organisation-wide level. Engagement from Welsh Government would help to bring about this action, but this Pledge campaign has plainly not succeeded. “Prior to recess, I was most pleased to attend the Climate Cymru event to hear from some of the 10,000 diverse Welsh voices who wish to see action from their public sector and their local authorities. “As COP26 continues in Glasgow, I have urged the First Minister to acknowledge these Welsh voices by committing to bringing forward the deadline for the new engagement plan so that the failure of the pledge campaign to spark action can be addressed sooner rather than later.”
Photo: Janet Finch-Saunders MS/AS