Assembly Members to question First Minister on climate change, with the help of Port Talbot pupils

Published 14/02/2020   |   Last Updated 19/02/2020

‚ÄčOn Friday, 14 February Mark Drakeford AM will face questions from the National Assembly's Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister.

Following the declaration of a climate emergency in Wales, young people at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Dur in Port Talbot will help Assembly Members raise issues with the First Minister about his Government's actions on the environment. Committee Members will also ask the First Minister about other topical issues as part of the meeting.

Ahead of the meeting, pupils from years 8 and 9 discussed what they think a 'climate emergency' is before putting forward ideas on how to tackle it. Their questions and comments will then be presented to the Committee to help them form questions to the First Minister.

Some of the pupils comments include:

Tyler Kelly: "How is our money being used to create a greener Wales?"

Lili Mai Walford: "Our generation need to know more about what we can do about the climate emergency so it should be added as a theme to the new curriculum."

Tia Burns: "We need more charging points for electric cars as some people in Wales don't buy electric cars because they can't charge them everywhere."

Evan Elias: "Change the Port Talbot steel works to produce clean energy like solar, water and tidal, we could be the capital of Wales for renewable and clean energy."

The Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister meets once every Assembly term in order to question the First Minister on any matter relevant to the functions of the Welsh Government. The Committee meets in different locations around Wales where possible. It focuses on areas related to the First Minister's specific portfolio responsibilities or his leadership role for the Welsh Government.

Ann Jones AM, Chair of the Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister said:

"We're focusing on climate change because we know that people across Wales are concerned that not enough is being done.

"Young people in particular are concerned about the future and we're grateful to Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Dur for hosting our meeting and for helping us develop challenging questions for the First Minister.

"Engaging all the people of Wales in the work of the Assembly is one of our key priorities and, on a subject of such importance as climate change, it is vital that young people have an opportunity to directly influence our scrutiny of the First Minister."

The meeting will take place in public, live streamed on and made available to view on demand afterwards.