A Challenge to Senedd Contenders

A group of Welsh organisations including the Future Generations Commissioner, the Centre for Alternative Technology and Extinction Rebellion concluded Climate Week with six overarching principles that each political party should be asked to endorse for next year’s Senedd election

1 – Do what it takes to do our part in limiting global heating to 1.5°C, with much deeper and faster reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (see 1, 7 & 8 below).

2 – Champion natural climate solutions to remove CO₂ from the atmosphere, halt the decline in wildlife, restore nature and help manage flood risk (see all below)

3 – Accept our entire global ecological footprint caused by all the goods we buy, the food we eat, and the supply chains we use (see 2,3 & 7 below)

4 – Help politicians to take bold decisions by holding Citizens’ Assemblies and other forms of public participation, to get to net zero faster and with fairness for all (see 1 & 7 below)

5 – Make the future well-being of young people, and the generations to come, the centre of our concern, and the focus of our plans (see all below).

6 – Support economic sectors which create green jobs in a low carbon revolution that will improve our environment, homes and communities and safeguard our health (see 1,2,3,4 & 8 below).

References: 1.Friends of the Earth Cymru Climate Action Plan for Wales https://www.foe.cymru/news/friends-earth-cymru-launch-wales-climate-action-plan 2.WWF Cymru’s Manifesto for Nature, Climate and People https://www.wwf.org.uk/wales/WWFCymruManifesto 3.Future Generations Commission Manifesto for the Future https://www.futuregenerations.wales/manifesto-for-the-future/ 4.RSPB Wales – Five Steps to a Green Recovery for Wales https://community.rspb.org.uk/getinvolved/wales/b/wales-blog/posts/the-future-is-green 5.Coed Cadw/Woodland Trust in Wales – The Roots and Branches of a Strong Green Recovery 6.Wales Environment Link – WEL Manifesto for 2021 Senedd Elections https://www.waleslink.org/Manifesto2021 7.Extinction Rebellion Cymru has referenced the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill https://www.ceebill.uk/bill 8. Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)- Zero Carbon Britain – Rising to the Climate Emergency https://www.cat.org.uk/info-resources/zero-carbon-britain/research-reports/zero-carbon-britain-rising-to-theclimate-emergency/