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Time for talking is over, now is the time for urgent and robust action

Paul Davies MS

ASSURANCES have been sought by the Welsh Conservatives about what support will be in place to help people in Wales join the green revolution.

Paul Davies MS questioned First Minister, Mark Drakeford, about what action is being taken to tackle climate change during today’s FMQs.

Mr Davies told the Senedd: “First Minister, you said that hope is needed to tackle climate change and that people need confidence and trust to make changes in their own lives.

“And yet this debate generally motivates the usual collection of think tanks, celebrities, politicians and pressure groups. In reality, much of what is needed will rely on people and families changing their behaviours, how they travel, what they eat, the energy consumption and efficiency of their homes.

“We can’t get that shift in culture by a top-down approach, we need a national conversation that recognises that this problem needs local and individual solutions.

“The point that I am making First Minister is that we need to take people with us on this journey and so can you tell us how you intend to engage with people directly on this issue and what assurances can you give that the Welsh Government will help with any costs that families may face in adopting more climate friendly actions?”

Mr Davies also called on the First Minister to reveal how much funding has Labour set aside for the development of infrastructure needed to transition to a greener and more climate-resilient economy.

And the Welsh Conservatives questioned the First Minister over what lessons he’d already learnt from COP26 and what impact COP26 will have on the Welsh Government’s policies going forward.

Speaking outside of the chamber, Paul Davies MS, said:

“Climate change is at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds at the moment with COP26 well underway in Glasgow and world leaders coming together to share ideas.

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“Governments need to lead, and the Welsh Government must be clear with what support they are going to offer families across Wales to go green.

“Despite Labour declaring a climate emergency in Wales more than two years ago, very little action has been taken since – it has been all talk instead.

“The time for talk is over. Now is the time for urgent and robust action.”