A campaign to send 50,000 voices from across Wales to this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow has been launched.
Cardiff, 8 March 2021 – Climate Cymru, a coalition of citizens, civil society and business from across Wales are launching a campaign to gather 50,000 voices from the people of Wales to take to Glasgow in November.
Supporters from across the country will be empowered to add their voice to the Climate Cymru website, to demand strong and meaningful action from leaders on climate change. After adding their voice, supporters are then able to create their own personalised message, that will be taken to this year’s COP26 meeting in Glasgow, and to share among their own networks.
The climate and natural emergency threatens Wales’ communities, its ways of life, and the natural world. It’s happening now, and many are already seeing it in their day-to-day lives. Severe flooding, once a rare occurrence, is now an annual event in many of Wales’ communities. Climate change will only make this worse.
World leaders are meeting in Glasgow in November and Climate Cymru are calling on them to make strong and meaningful commitments to protect the Wales we love and to make a better future for all.
Climate Cymru is collecting voices from across Wales, voices that care deeply about Wales, its people, its natural environment, but also crucially the world beyond its borders. The campaign is calling for people from all walks of life to build a diverse movement across political, cultural, religious, demographic and sectoral boundaries.
Using the voices of Wales, the campaign aims to put the onus back on governments and political leaders to show leadership and to make sure efforts of individuals and businesses are backed up by effective policies.
As hosts of COP26, it is especially important for the UK Government to show international leadership to push for strong and meaningful commitments from the international community to combat climate change.
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Poppy Stowell-Evans, member of Youth Climate Ambassadors for Wales and Climate Cymru Ambassador said:
“As an organisation of youth climate activists, we recognise that climate change will impact every aspect of our lives both internationally and in Wales. Therefore, it must be taken seriously as a global issue.
Climate action is essential to protect the planet and the futures of generations to come. Climate action is a positive step forward for our country and the world and that’s why it’s so important that you use your voice!
“We only have a small window of time to act, Governments should be committing to and taking action to protect the future of the planet before it’s too late.
Susie Ventris-Field, CEO of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs and CEO of Climate Cymru said:
“Climate Cymru is a partnership of individuals, businesses and civil society who think it’s vital that diverse voices from Wales are heard at COP26. Everyone involved brings different perspectives but we are united in our call for climate action.
“The Paris Agreement of 2015 was a major step forward in the fight to tackle climate change. We need our leaders to build on this foundation and make strong and meaningful commitments to protect the things we love.”
Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and Climate Cymru Partner said:
“COP26 is our once in a generation opportunity to commit, mobilise and act. Wales has a unique story to share through its unique Well-being of Future Generations Act. COP26 provides us with a platform to share our vision.
“Future generations in Wales and across the world require us to take this moment seriously. A movement for change is growing! As we look to build back better – lets put the green recovery at its heart.”