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David Rees AM supports WWF Cymru Earth Hour Event

On Wednesday 18th March, David Rees, AM for Aberavon, was delighted to attend the WWF Cymru event to show support for Earth Hour 2015. WWF’s Earth Hour is the world’s biggest celebration for our amazing planet, with hundreds of millions of people coming together in a symbolic and spectacular light outs display. During the event, a ‘Planet’ cake was shared to say thank you for helping Wales contribute to moving towards a better planet in 2015, including the passing of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill.

WWF sees 2015 as a critical year for tackling sustainability issues, both within Wales and internationally. There are two major international opportunities to help our planet and people before the end of this year. The UN post-2015 international development framework should reinforce the international community’s commitment to poverty eradication and sustainable development. This will include a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be agreed in September, 2015.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference aims to develop a global agreement to tackle the causes and impacts of climate change and bring strong international action from 2020.

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill includes embedded action on the developing SDGs. Wales is the first country in the world to have achieved this. The Senedd event was a chance to celebrate what we are doing in Wales towards sustainability, raise awareness of opportunities internationally and our potential contribution to the global decisions in 2015.

Earth Hour itself will take place at 8.30pm on Saturday 28 March. This year supporters in Wales are encouraged to mark the hour with a candlelit dinner either at home or in a participating restaurant.

AM and Labour Parliamentary Candidate welcome Tidal Lagoon announcement

David Rees, AM for Aberavon, and Stephen Kinnock, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Aberavon, have today welcomed the Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement on the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon energy project. In his budget speech, the Chancellor confirmed that negotiations on this scheme, which would cost £1 billion and potentially generate enough power to run 120,000 homes for 120 years, have now opened with Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd.

David said: “This exciting renewable energy project can establish Wales as a leading nation in offshore tidal energy. It also presents an opportunity to the region for further inward investment and to our ports, particularly Port Talbot’s Deepwater Harbour, during the construction phase and possible future construction of similar lagoons. The lagoon will be the doorstep of the new science and engineering campus of Swansea University, which provides the opportunity for collaboration between the academic and research and development worlds.”

Stephen added: “The Tidal Lagoon will be an outstanding example of the benefits of moving to a clean, green energy future. Its construction and operation will create thousands of jobs across the region, deliver clean energy to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, help the UK to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, and moreover will demonstrate that we have the know-how to be the global pioneers in this ground-breaking new technology.”

AM continues to fight for a safe route to school

David Rees, AM for Aberavon, today joined the Minister for Education, Huw Lewis to cut the sod at the sight of the new 3-16 super school in Sandfields, Port Talbot. The new school will see the merger of Glanafan, Sandfields and Cwrt Sart Comprehensive schools, and will also provide 3-11 education for pupils from Traethmelyn primary school.

Mr Rees stated “It is a pleasure to be invited, along with the Minister for Education to see the start of this new development. The new school will provide pupils with a modern state of the art facility which will provide increased opportunities for our children.

“However, I believe work still needs to be done on providing safe routes to the school. I have been a staunch supporter of local councillors and parents who feel that the walk, from Briton Ferry in particular, follows an unsafe route, and I urge the local authority, once again to reconsider this decision and  its safer routes to school policy. This will not only be an issue for pupils attending the new English medium school, pupils who will be attending Ystalyfera South and the issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible to ensure that the proposed safer routes to schools will accommodate the high numbers of pupils that will need to walk these routes.”