City centres should be car free and streets planned for nature as well as people, members of the public from the South Wales Valleys have urged. A panel of 19 taking part in the first citizens’ climate jury to be held in Wales also called for more provisions for public transport, walking and cycling, and an end to new roads unless they are truly necessary. The group, which was representative of the South Wales Valleys area in terms of age, ethnicity, gender and attitude to the climate crisis, took part in the second of four citizens’ climate juries which are being held across the UK this year. The citizens spent 20 hours listening to expert speakers before coming up with 30 recommendations for how the climate and nature crises can be tackled “in a way that is fair for everyone”. In a joint statement, the jury said: “We believe that a fair response to the climate and nature emergencies in the South Wales Valleys must be inclusive and not leave areas behind.
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