(SNO) – Saint Lucia has issued an urgent plea to world leaders as they struggle over the issue of climate change.
Representing the island at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2019-COP 25 High-Level Segment recently, Dr. Gale T C Rigobert, said the matter has placed the economic mainstay of many small islands under threat and it is “utterly unacceptable” for some to deny it since the science is “strong and clear.”
“Saint Lucia is putting an urgent call out to world leaders,” she told the gathered leaders. “We advocate for the divestment from fossil fuel investments; we call for an end to direct fossil subsidies and the introduction of meaningful carbon pricing schemes.”
She noted that after a string of devastating hurricanes, Saint Lucia is calling for the consideration “of the re-classification of hurricanes and the review of Saffir Simpson Scale to include more rainfall impacts.”
“We need a responsive and well-resourced Financial Mechanism under the UN Climate Change regime, for adequate, easily accessible, scaled up, new and additional, predictable and expedited finance to help address loss and damage,” she stated.
Dr. Rigobert said Saint Lucia is taking climate change very seriously.
“In May 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers approved our NDC Partnership Plan, becoming the first country to have a plan validated at that high level,” she stated.
The NDC Partnership is a new coalition of governments and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the tools and support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible.
Dr. Rigobert added, “We are also proud to be specifically referenced in a decision at COP 24 in Poland in 2018, having been among the 11 countries of the world at that time to have submitted our Cabinet-approved NAP (National Adaptation Plan) to NAP Central. So we are doing our part, despite our limitations and the negligibility of our emissions, but we need to be supported in our efforts; supported in the implementation of our NDCs, NAPs and associated sector plans.”
She also urged the world leaders to do better.
“We can transform our world to a safer place for our children, so we will be able to say that we matched our talk with action. Indeed, as Minister with responsibility for Education, Gender, Innovation and Climate Change in my country, I harbor hope and faith in humanity, and I feel compelled to implore you to make it a priority to complete the work we have started, to take ambitious mitigation action and to provide the finance, technology and capacity building that the world’s children demand of us,” she said.