Climate Action Manifesto
Young people in Carmarthenshire are taking the lead to tackle climate action as part of a project which mobilizes young people as catalysts for transformational change. Through the Walk the Global Walk project, Carmarthenshire’s Global Goalkeepers have created a manifesto for Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action. Sustainable Development Goal 13 is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015 to ‘Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’.
The recommendations were arrived at through discussions with Global Goalkeepers from partner countries, councillors and council officers, teachers, representatives from the Youth Council, Dolen Cymru Lesotho and Keep Wales Tidy.
Representing the young people of Carmarthenshire, they have become acutely aware of the dangers to their own generation and to future generations posed by inaction in the face of climate change. The climate emergency is already affecting millions around the world, hitting hardest those with the least resources to deal with it.
They are making lifestyle changes as individuals and leading actions in their schools and communities to adapt to and mitigate climate change. However, if there is to be a meaningful impact, they cannot do this alone. They have asked the council to pledge its commitment to climate action:
- Promote development of green spaces and support native tree species planting of a minimum of 10 trees in each school, or school community if school grounds are unsuitable, and ensure their ongoing protection .
- Encourage and support safe, sustainable school transport including car-pooling, walking and cycling e.g. providing bike shelters
- Set up a climate action consultation body consisting of a representative group of young people, councillors, council officers, and local businesses which meets every 3 months to ensure progress on this manifesto.
- Provide support for developing countries to combat impact of climate change e.g. by supporting the Size of Wales initiative.
- Support the development of gardens in schools and local communities to provide food and encourage biodiversity e.g. provide seeds and peat-free compost.
- Double the council’s use of hybrid and electric vehicles and install electric charging points in appropriate primary and secondary schools by January 2022.
- Work together with schools and suppliers to reduce single use plastic in schools by January 2022.
- Ensure young people have the support they need to carry out relevant climate actions.
Signed by Global Goalkeepers and Teachers from:
- Ysgol Bro Dinefwr
- Coedcae Comprehensive School
- Ysgol Glan-y-Môr
- Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade
- Queen Elizabeth High School
- Carmarthenshire Youth Council
Endorsed by representatives of Carmarthenshire County Council and NGOs:
- Gareth Morgans, Director of Education
- Cefin Campbell, Executive Board Member for Communities and Rural Affairs
- Rebecca Stone, Carbon Reduction Officer
- Polly Seton, International School Linking Officer
- Bethan Evans Phillips, Eco Schools Officer, Keep Wales Tidy
- Mandy Ballett & Sharon Flint, Education Officers, Dolen Cymru Lesotho
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