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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

South Wales Valleys Climate and Fairness Panel

As part of the work of our Environmental Justice Commission, IPPR is holding a series of workshops across the UK, bringing local people together to come up with ideas for a fair response to the climate and nature emergencies.

This autumn, we are recruiting a group of 23 people from across the South Wales Valleys. The diverse group will come together over eight online sessions to discuss the question:

What practical steps should we take together in the South Wales Valleys to address the climate crisis and restore nature in a way that is fair for everyone?

The panel's recommendations will be published as part of a local plan for the Valleys. The findings will be presented to local politicians and decision makers, and will influence the work of our major national cross-party 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.

Alongside the Panel, we will be holding a survey to collect views and ideas from a wider group of people across the area. Click the link below to take part:

The programme and process has been planned with generous input from our local advisory group representing business, politics and civil society in the area:

Christine Boton, Director, Sustrans Cymru

Helen Cunningham, Policy and Research Officer, Bevan Foundation

James Davies, CEO, Industry Wales

David Hagendyk, Director for Wales, Learning and Work Institute

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Jason Jones, Head of Regeneration, Carmarthenshire County Council

Julie Jones, Co-Director, Gower Gas & Oil

Carwyn Jones, Labour MS for Bridgend

Sarah Kessell, Chief Executive Officer, The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales

Sue Pritchard, Director, Food, Farming & Countryside Commission

Shavanah Taj, General Secretary, Wales TUC

The Climate and Fairness Panel have heard evidence from the following speakers so far:

Carwyn Jones, MS for Bridgend

Dr Cat Scott, Academic Fellow, University of Leeds

Prof Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice, Lancaster University

Dr Jennifer Nia Geroni, Director - Environment Platform Wales, Cardiff University

Dr Katy Roelich, Associate Professor, University of Leeds

Dr Sara MacBride-Stewart, Reader in Health Medicine and Society, Cardiff University

Helen Cunningham, Policy and Research Officer, Bevan Foundation

Shavanah TajGeneral Secretary, Wales TUC

Anne Meikle, Director, WWF Cymru

James Davies, CEO, Industry Wales

Dr Sarah Lloyd, Director, People & Work

Christine Boston, Director, Sustrans Cymru

Dr Crispin Cooper, Research Fellow - Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University

Haf Elgar, Director, Friends of the Earth Cymru

Dr Victoria Winckler, Director, Bevan Foundation

Paula Renzel, Senior Policy Officer, Sustrans Cymru

Kerry Rogers, Conservation Manager, Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Jane Davidson, former Welsh Government Minister and author of #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country

Chris Blake, The Green Valleys CIC & Welcome to Our Woods

Ian Thomas, The Green Valleys CIC & Welcome to Our Woods

Katerina Szwarc, Policy Fellow, LSE Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport