Before becoming an MP, my role through the Environment Agency was to provide flood defences across Wales. We must adopt a more creative approach to land use management and storage, so that water is held upstream and prevented from overflowing into our sewers by rainwater capture off roofs.
It's not good enough that the government simply reacts to flooding events, when the world has accepted that we will see another 2 degrees rise in temperature by 2020. This inevitably means more flooding.
In Parliament I asked Lizz Truss, the Environment Secretary, whether she accepts the facts about climate change. I said: “Does the Secretary of State not accept what is happening with climate change? Once-in-200-year events have now become once-in-100-years events, and it was accepted at the Paris conference that another 2 degrees would probably be added to world temperatures. There is surely no excuse for not investing more and more—even more than we planned to invest following the 2007 Pitt review. Will the Secretary of State urge the Government to invest even more than is proposed under the current agreement?”
The Environment Secretary responded by saying that the Government is “reviewing our national resilience and looking at our climate change models. Climate change is currently built into our six-year plan.” Following my point, she also said, “we clearly need to look at [climate change] again in the light of recent events.”
Climate change means we need flood protection sooner, not later.