MICHAEL SHEEN CALLS FOR A STRONGER WELL-BEING OF FUTURE GENERATIONS BILL

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Hollywood actor Michael Sheen has called for a stronger law for the future of Wales.

The Well-being of Future Generations Bill, which has been billed as making sustainable development the “central organising principle” of the public sector in Wales, will be debated by Assembly Members next week.

UN Ambassador Michael Sheen was the keynote speaker at the launch of the Future Generations Report in Cardiff yesterday and spoke about building a better future for children in Wales and across the world.

Michael Sheen with pupils from Cwmnedd Primary School. Photo courtesy of Keep Wales Tidy.
Michael Sheen with pupils from Cwmnedd Primary School. Photo courtesy of Keep Wales Tidy.

In recent weeks, government and opposition parties have drafted and tabled amendments to the Well-being of Future Generations Bill ahead of the plenary debate on 10 March. The Sustainable Development Alliance wants Assembly Members to vote in favour of amendments which emphasise actions on our global responsibilities, provide a clear definition of what sustainable development means and places a duty on public bodies.

Michael Sheen supports the Alliance’s aims for the Bill, which now links to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and climate change assessments. He said:

“The Well-being of Future Generations Bill could improve life for families in Wales and across the world. This new law could help tackle poverty, protect the environment and support Welsh language and culture so I hope that our leaders vote for amendments to make it a stronger and more effective Bill. Please give Wales the future it deserves.”

Anne Meikle, spokesperson for the Sustainable Development Alliance, said:

“We’re so pleased to have Michael Sheen’s support for and we urge all parties to do the right thing and support these amendments next week. This is crucial to build a better Wales – a more sustainable future for all.”