I was disappointed to read on Betsan Powis' blog tonight that the National Assembly's Sustainability Committee Chair, Mick Bates is to lead a team of AMs to Germany and Austria as part of an inquiry into 'Carbon Reduction in Wales'. It seems that the AMs are all flying (3 flights in all). So the National Assembly for Wales is playing its full part in accelerating global warming!
Why don't they arrange to discuss these issues by video-link? When I was an Assembly Member myself, I chaired the Environment, Planning and Countryside Committee, and during my last year, 2006/07 we started inviting senior EU officials and politicians to meet the Committee via video link between Cardiff and Brussels. I'd hoped that this way of communicating would grow in usage, and become the norm. Its no good politicians banging on about reducing carbon footprints unless they walk the walk themselves.
I'm sure that there are good reasons why these particular discussions have to be held face-to-face. But I just thought I'd make the point - on the day when Her Majesty, The Queen, called on the world to work together to protect the environment. Now, I'm not talking 'crusade' here. After all, I like to take the odd holiday in the sun myself. You can't soak in the sun in winter without flying after it. But I do hope the video-link meetings, which looked so promising as a means of reducing air travel 18 months ago, is not put on the back burner.