In the run-up to the election, we called on all parties to set out how they would show ambition and leadership on the environment, and deliver Wales' sustainable future. Now that the election results are in and no party is likely to have secured an overall majority, we're reminding politicians that they have to take action now on sustainability.
Head of WWF Cymru, Anne Meikle, said:
The Welsh Government that emerges in the next days and weeks has a golden opportunity to deliver a sustainable Wales.
"That means real change is needed, ensuring all the goals of a sustainable Wales are treated equally. It means a move away from the old days, when the environment was treated separately from - and sacrificed in favour of - economic growth. All these things must be considered together if we are to achieve a secure and prosperous future for our grandchildren.
"The next Programme for Government must include commitments made by a number of parties before the election. The new Government must invest in an energy efficiency programme for Welsh homes that will reduce emissions, create jobs, and tackle fuel poverty. They must improve the management of our seas by completing a network of Marine Protected Areas, and they must develop a strategy to move to a low-carbon economy which provides sustainable jobs for Welsh communities.
"Future generations will not look kindly on politicians who do not care for their interests by protecting the environment and all our natural resources. As a Programme for Government takes shape, Wales can't afford for them to forget the environment. Future generations can't afford for them to do nothing."
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Notes to editors
You can find out what we called on the next Welsh Government to do here.
We're reminding all parties that:
- improving the energy efficiency of the housing stock through a major retrofitting programme will help us meet our emissions targets, create thousands of jobs, and tackle fuel poverty across Wales;
- the long-term resilience and success of Wales' economy depend on it being low-carbon and resource-efficient, so we need a truly just transition to a sustainable economy that's fit for a globally-responsible Wales; and
- our seas provide resources like food and energy, and improve our health and well-being, but they're increasingly busy, so measures need to be introduced immediately to bring them to Good Environmental Status by 2020, and a network of Marine Protected Areas needs to be completed to ensure they're managed properly.
You can see how we responded to each of the parties' manifestos here.
WWF is one of the world's largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, creating solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature thrive. Find out more about our work, past and present at wwf.org.uk.
For more information please contact:
Cerith Rhys Jones
Media and Campaigns Officer - WWF Cymru
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