UKIP rejects Climate Change Pledge
On Wednesday March 2nd, the Climate Change Commission for Wales hosted their last meeting in its current form. All Welsh political parties were invited to sign a commitment to the Paris Agreement to demonstrate Wales’s commitment to tackling Climate Change. The Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats the Conservatives and the Green Party all signed the pledge, while UKIP declined to sign.
The final Climate Change Commission for Wales meeting was an opportunity for all representatives, around 40 members including senior academics and experts, to reflect on climate change progress in Wales. Members also provided feedback and suggestions to the new Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe who will be implementing the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act which comes in to effect on April 1st. The political parties were then invited to meet the members of the commission and sign the commitment to the Paris Agreement agreeing to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy, agree ambitious carbon budgets and maximise emission reduction in Wales.
Mark Reckless, previous UKIP MP who is playing a key role for UKIP in Wales as Director of Policy Development, responded to the request to sign the pledge from the Climate Change Commission for Wales with the one word email – “NO”.
Chair of the Climate Change Commission for Wales, Peter Davies said
“It is important that we highlight the failure of UKIP to sign the commitment to the Paris Agreement. With the Welsh Assembly elections taking place in May, it is vital that the public are aware that UKIP will not be taking action to make Wales more sustainable. Within the past year, new world-leading legislation has been passed through the Welsh Assembly including the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and more recently the Environment Act so it is now important to keep up momentum to create The Wales We Want for future generations.
The new legislation provides a legal framework that will ensure the next administration in the Welsh Government meets our global responsibilities to create a fairer, more sustainable world.
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