That feeling hasn't passed. As finance ministers meet parallel to the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan this week, Oxfam call for 'Bold action on Climate and Recession' and Mark Lynas tells us that 'high economic growth cannot be reconciled with limited resources'' in his excellent republished piece from the New Statesman. In Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government has published drafts of it's new Sustainable Development Scheme and Green Jobs Strategy - both of which pose some significant questions for policy makers, espescially those outside of the obvious 'green' agendas. Politicians in Wales will need to get to grips with the notion of a One planet Wales and the context in which Wales and it's economy will operate in coming years.
Our hope is that our essay symposium will help inform some of those decision makers. Having spent last Thursday afternoon reading through the contirbutions, I'm enthused. We'll be publishing the essays online, via this blog and the Cynnal Cymru - Sustain Wales website , early in the new year. We'll also make sure that Assembly Members and senior civil servants get copies and hopefully getting some debate through the Welsh media.
We've had contributions from:
Calvin Jones, Cardiff Business School
Eluned Morgan MEP, Welsh Labour
Gerry Gold, A World to Win
Tim Jackson, Sustainable Development Commission
Stephen Brooks, Oxfam Cymru
Lee Waters, Sustrans Cymru
Mal Williams, Cylch (Community Recycling Network)
Morgan Parry, WWF Cymru
Leanne Wood, Assembly Member (Plaid Cymru)
Owen Evans, Business in the Community
Andy Middleton, TYF Group (Cynnal Cymru Board)
Peter Jones, RSPB Cymru
Peter Wells, BRASS, Cardiff University
Rachel Auckland & Jan Cliff Sundance Renewables
Steve Harris, Science Shops Wales
Charlie Mason, Friends of the Earth Pembrokeshire
Victoria Winckler, Bevan Foundation
David Melding, Assembly Member (Welsh Conservatives)
Steve Williams, Improvement Team, WLGA
Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member (liberal Democrat)
Bill Thomas, Sharp Electronics
Nuria Zolle, NEA Cymru
Meanwhile, George Monbiot is getting understandably frustrated by David - '"Have you noticed there is a wind turbine on Teletubbies? That's subliminal advertising, isn't it?" - Bellamy and the climate change deniers, which reminds us that whilst the great minds of Welsh politics and academia are committed to finding a sustainable future, lots of people are still pretending there's nothing wrong with the world as it is. I'm sure Kirsty WIlliams, the new leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats will be feeling just fine about the world today, even if Betsan thinks she faces 'one hell of a job'. If the essay Kirsty sent us is anything to go by - she'll be just fine and she's well aware of the challenges Wales faces.
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