Climate change community consultations shift up a gear in 2016

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Climate change community consultations shift up a gear in 2016

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PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology are again teaming up to raise the level of climate change discourse in Saint Lucia.

The Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Hon. Senator Dr James Fletcher and technical personnel will accompany CYEN at community meetings to inform and discuss the way forward for national climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, post the historic COP 21 held in Paris France late last year.

Prior to COP 21, the CYEN engaged communities on climate change issues and promised that they would return to provide feedback on what transpired at COP 21.

The first community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 2nd February 2016 at 5:30pm at St Isidore Hall, Soufriere. This session will cover the west coast (Canaries, Soufriere, Choiseul).

The second meeting will be held in Vieux-Fort at the Vieux-Fort Primary School, Beanfield; on Wednesday 3rd February from 5:30pm.

Northern part of the Castries and Gros-Islet will be held on Thursday 4th February 2016 from 5:30 PM, at Castries City Hall.

Presentations will take the form of opening remarks by Minister Fletcher. This will be followed by a panel discussion consisting of technical representatives from public and private sector on climate change (or post COP21 actions) in relation to economy, agriculture, health, and youth.

The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology and CYEN encourage all persons to attend the consultations to become well informed of the implications of climate change, especially for the youth who make up over 50% of our country’s population.

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  1. Dear editor,
    I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the colossal issue of climate change. I believe that climate change, even though it may not be as imminent as isis and the threats of other terrorist groups, is a situation that warrants our immediate attention, as a country and a nation.
    Larger countries have began to feel the impact of climate change. For example, Venezuela is currently on a path to destruction and climate change is playing a major role in their demise. With heat and drought increasing, Venezuela's main source of electricity, the dam's water level, is now at a record low, leaving three quarters of the country in darkness. If countries with more resources than us are being hit so drastically what will happen to us?
    We have only just begun to feel the effects of this problem. Storms out of season, sudden changes in weather and temperature and rise in sea levels are just some of the many issues birthed from climate change. How much longer will we continue to ignore a problem that will not only affect us but future generations as well?
    I applaud the efforts of CYEN and ministry but we as a people have to work together lessen the effects of climate change. Stop the importation of food and consume local. Take a walk or ride a bike instead of driving vehicles that require burning fossil fuel. Challenge yourselves, for every tree you cut plant five more. Reduce, reuse recycle.
    We may have little time left but there are so many ways to save our planet. We can still save our home. I hope that you will not only read this but you will take the challenge and do something about climate change. Remember every little counts.
    Sincerely,
    A concerned citizen

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