Ahead of the Conference of Parties (COP21) next week, the Green Party of Wales are holding a march in support of climate change. Centerpiece at COP21 is expected to be the Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15) at Stade de France, one of the sites of the recent terror attacks in Paris.
Building on year-round work from Climate Action and the UN Environment Programme, the two-day forum will convene cross-sector participants from business, government, finance, UN and civil society to create an unparalleled opportunity to bolster business innovation and bring scale to the emerging green economy.
Leader of the Green Party of Wales, Pippa Bartollotti has spoke about the country’s and Britain’s green ambitions, and feels that much more can and should be done, explaining that Wales is poised to reduce carbon emissions more readily than ever before:
“The COP21 conference will draw together the governments of more than 190 nations to reach a new global agreement aimed at avoiding dangerous climate change. The UK must cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2030. This is not an impossible target. In Wales, we have a stunning array of inexhaustible natural energy […] we are better placed than most to drastically cut our emissions.”
As well as talking up the strengths of the nation she was damning of the current governments policies and believes that the reduction of support in renewable energy.
“The Conservative administration is not even interested in creating policies for energy saving which would be the easiest option. Continuing to burn fossil fuels in the UK and globally will only result in more climate refugees and climate related conflicts will multiply. Extreme weather will harm the most vulnerable, the elderly and the very young.”
Aberystwyth was buffeted by storms in January 2014, causing damages the length of the seafront to the promenade and properties and resulted in the evacuation of seafront halls
The march will assemble on Plascrug Avenue (next to the bus station) ready for a 1pm start, where local band Samba Agogo are due to perform. It will progress through Cambrian Place, Queen Street, Bridge Street, Great Darkgate Street, Baker Street and along Terrace Road to the prom for a rally. In the event of poor weather the march will return to Plascrug Avenue.
Speakers at the rally include Cynog Dafis, former MP for Ceredigion, Alice Hooker Stroud, Grenville Ham and Brian Dafydd William, from Wales Green Party.
To find out more about the march and COP21 you can search check out the Facebook event here.