Over 70 people attended a successful online climate hustings, arranged by Extinction Rebellion Aberteifi to discuss issues affecting the planet.

It was broadly agreed that cooperative approach was needed to deal with the challenges of mitigating climate change.

Jim Bowen, who chaired the hustings said: “The outgoing Government have declared a climate emergency; the next Government needs to follow up with actions.

“This is a crucial election – our last chance to elect a government who will prioritise the climate. It will be too late by the next election.

“And having noted what all candidates and parties had to say on the matter, we look forward to holding those elected to their promises.”

All candidates standing for election in the constituency and region were invited to the hustings, but the chair noted that the decision of some parties not to attend.

The candidates in attendance included Emily Durrant, Green Party; Jackie Jones, Labour; Tina Roberts, Liberal Democrats and Cris Tomos, Plaid Cymru.

Jane Mansfield, one of the organisers, said: “We are standing at the junction of the last opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the Climate and Ecological emergencies that Wales and the world are facing.

“Now, more than ever, we need action not just words.

“Approximately 40% of the carbon that Wales produces arises from areas that are under the whole or partial control of the Welsh Government. The policies that Wales initiates and implements over this coming five years are very significant.

“Wales has an opportunity to lead the way to a more sustainable, equitable future that future generations and the planet urgently need.”

Although the climate was the central theme, group discussion and answers from candidates reflected the fact that this was a matter that runs into all parts of our lives. The economy and community regeneration were also topics discussed.