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Bevan Foundation presents to IPPR Valleys Climate Panel

November 5th 2020

Climate Panel

The Bevan Foundation recently presented to the South Wales Valleys Climate and Fairness Panel – a group of twenty three residents from across the valleys who are participating in the Institute for Public Policy Research’s (IPPR) Environmental Justice Commission.

Setting the scene as part of a series of seven online workshops, Helen Cunningham gave an overview of work and employment in the valleys and possible solutions and actions for responding to some of the identified challenges, including the Bevan Foundation’s advocacy of Anchor Towns.

The panel is exploring a number of themes including work and travel, and hearing from a number of expert witnesses and advocates over the next few weeks. The key question the panel is addressing is what practical steps we should take together in the South Wales Valleys to address the climate crisis and restore nature in a way that is fair for everyone.

Speaking about the workshop, Helen Cunningham said; “the session was full of lively debate and pertinent questions. It was a pleasure present and discuss some of our perspectives and ideas with such an engaged group of people”

The panel will recommendations will agree ideas for a fair response to the climate and nature emergencies, and make recommendations as part of a local plan for the Valleys. The findings will be presented to local decision makers, and will feed into the UK wide work of the Environmental Justice Commission. The Commission is developing policies and ideas that put people and fairness at the heart of the response to the climate and nature emergencies.

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