Swansea MP Geraint speaks at COP22 Climate Change Conference to promote clean air and oppose fracking

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Geraint Davies MP this month represented the Council of Europe with John Prescott, who led the landmark Kyoto negotiations, at the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

 

The Conference follows from and builds on last year’s landmark climate change agreement in Paris, in which the UK committed to a new deal on greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Geraint Davies said, “I attended the COP22
conference because climate change is one of, if not the, biggest threat to humanity, and will undoubtedly hit the poorest hardest. 

As Rapporteur on Fracking at the Council of Europe, I warned of the dangerous consequences of the practice, which is 2.5 times worse than coal for climate change.

“I also spoke on my new Clean Air Bill, introduced this week in Parliament, since 8 million people die a year as a result of global emissions. The President of the Inter Parliamentary Union is studying my Bill with the view to achieve action on this issue across different countries.

 

“COP22 is about implementing the Paris 2015 strategies to help keep global temperature rises below 2 degrees per annum. Otherwise we face irreversible climate disaster, species loss, mass migration, water shortages and war.

 

“The Government, despite signing last year’s climate change agreement, has repeatedly failed on environmental issues. Theresa May has given fracking companies the go-ahead to operate in the UK, despite clear evidence that this does more damage to climate change than burning coal, and clear opposition from local communities including Swansea. I wanted to use my place at COP22 to fight for a renewed commitment to fighting climate change, using the latest technology and research, including supporting forests of solar panels in Morocco in order to feed renewable energy into the European grid, and to protect our planet for future generations.”

 

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