Greta Thunberg endorses Welsh Government decision to freeze all new road building projects


Greta Thunberg (Image: Anders Hellberg CC BY-SA 4.0).

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg has endorsed the Welsh Government's decision to halt all new road building projects as part of its efforts to tackle the climate emergency.


The Deputy Minister for Climate Change Lee Waters announced the decision in the Senedd on Tuesday.


In a social media post, Thunberg shared an article from the Guardian concerning the announcement, and quoted Waters who said: “We need a shift away from spending money on projects that encourage more people to drive and spend more money on maintaining our roads and investing in real alternatives that give people a meaningful choice.”


The Welsh Government aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Surface transport is the country's third largest source of emissions.


The Welsh Government also wants 45% of journeys to be made by public transport, walking, or cycling by 2040.


Friends of the Earth Cymru had previously called for a ban on new roads in the country.

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