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Kim Bryan:

Wales Pledges to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground


The Welsh government has announced that it will end the use of coal, an historic moment for a country that was once at the forefront of the global coal mining industry.

A scientific report released on the 8th of October by the IPCC confirmed that the world needs to take urgent action to limit climate change catastrophe to prevent temperature rises of more than 1.5. Greenhouse gas emissions need to drop to half their current level by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050, the report demonstrates that it is feasible if fossil fuels are kept in the ground.

The announcement follows on from news that Wales has reconfirmed its commitment to ban fracking and has revealed a new energy strategy which details how the country will generate 70% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.

Anna Vickerstaff, spokesperson for said "We applaud the Welsh government in taking these vital steps for a climate safe future. Their actions are in direct contrast to its English neighbour who this week has given the green light to start fracking and created an unfavourable environment for renewable energy."

Last week, The High Court overturned a legal injunction brought by local campaigners to stop fracking at a site run by Cuadrilla in Lancashire. The decision has been met by rolling protests and demonstrations throughout the week, with an emergency demonstration being held on Saturday 20th of October.

Payal Parekh, Program Director of said "The IPCC report released last week should act as a wake up call for leaders worldwide, more countries must rapidly follow the path of Wales in leaving fossil fuels in the ground and transitioning to renewables."

Wales joins a growing number of countries that are turning their backs on the fossil fuel industry including Costa Rica who this year became the 1st country to commit to become 100% fossil free.

350 is building a future that's just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis. We're an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.