Welsh Assembly back climate emergency vote
Following climate change protests around the world, Assembly members voted to declare a “climate emergency” on Wednesday, with opposition AMs demanding action on the environment from ministers.
The Assembly is the first parliament in the world to vote to declare a climate emergency.
The environment spokesman for Plaid Cymru, who led Wednesday’s debate, said the Welsh Government’s declaration could not be “some sort of headline-grabbing grandstanding”.
Lesley Griffiths argued that while Wales is only responsible for a tiny fraction of the world’s emissions, “it is the view of this Welsh Government that we are capable as a nation of delivering change here in a way that will reduce our impact on the environment”.