PRESS RELEASE – A clarion call is being made to media workers, young people and artistes to join a regional movement to amplify the peculiar vulnerabilities, risks and devastating impacts on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like Saint Lucia as a result of climate change – arguably the greatest current threat to human survival.
On Thursday October 8, 2015 Saint Lucia launched a Regional Climate Justice Campaign “1pointfivetostayalive” which speaks to a no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature rise post preindustrial levels.
If global temperatures continue to rise beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius, Saint Lucia and other Caribbean countries will be devastated by extreme weather events like hurricanes, intense heat and sea level rise.
In fact the lives of citizens are at risk as coastal communities will be inundated by flooding. In some cases communities like Anse La Raye, Canaries, Laborie and Dennery may face being reclaimed by the ocean.
It is for this reason the regional campaign has been developed with the aim of spurring urgent action and advocate to the industrial capitals of the world who are the main drivers of climate change, to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius for the Caribbean to stay alive.
Saint Lucia`s Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology Sen. Hon. Dr. James Fletcher says history has chronicled the power of Caribbean artistes and musicians and they can play a big role in communicating the climate justice message from the smallest villages in our region to the widest global audience.
Local artistes and climate change advocate Kendall Hipployte says the time for action from Caribbean artistes, youth and media is now, warning that failure to raise our voices will result in a destructive future for younger generations.
The 1pointfivetostayalive campaign will provide support to artistes, young people and media to support individual productions and linkages with various global intiatives.through a dedicated website www.1point5.info, and grant funding provided by the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP).
The website will include music videos, multi -media packs, media support, live blogging petitions and rallies with the goal of demanding a legally binding climate change agreement at the 21 st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (UNFCCC COP 21) slated for Paris in December 2015.