The climate change conversation continues

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The climate change conversation continues

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PRESS RELEASE – The conversation about climate change is not only taking place at the ongoing United Nations Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris but also in Saint Lucia.

Six months ago the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) staged the World Wide Views (WWViews) on Climate and Energy Debate along with over 70 countries.

This unique event gave 10, 000 people across the globe an opportunity to (i) learn more about climate change; (ii) discuss the key areas being debated at COP 21 (for example, tools to tackle climate change and fairness and distribution of efforts among others) and (iii) share their views with policy makers.

Although the Trust shared the WWViews Results with the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology (MSDEST) it was essential to also disseminate it to participants, sponsors, the media and key stakeholders.

To this end, a WWViews on Climate and Energy Results Report Presentation was held on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Coco Palm Hotel, Rodney Bay. In his opening remarks, SLNT’s Director, Mr. Bishnu Tulsie explained why a heritage conservation organization is concerned about climate change.

He said “Human-induced climate change and its emerging and anticipated impacts pose an existential threat to mankind. Here I make a distinction between our planet and its inhabitants, because no matter what we do, the planet will evolve and adapt to any new conditions we impose on it. What climate change is projected to cause very soon, in planetary terms, are conditions which will not be supportive of life forms, livelihoods and living, as we know them today. These impacts are expected to result from loss of lands and fresh water resources from sea level rise, decreased food production capabilities, increased incidences of natural disasters and, health impacts, to name a few”.

Mr. Tulsie went on to say that, “Heritage conservation is about understanding the past and communicating it to the present to inform fashioning a sustainable future. Climate change is impacting the present and is expected to continue doing so, but there are important lessons from the past we can use to inform how we move forward. Our heritage, therefore, offers adaptation lessons we need to understand and communicate as part of the overall strategy to cope with the emerging and anticipated impacts of climate change”.

Subsequently, the audience viewed a video presentation from Mr. Crispin d’ Auvergne, Chief Sustainable Development and Environment Officer in the MSDEST and one of Saint Lucia’s negotiators at COP 21. Additionally, the SLNT invited partners from the Caribbean Youth Environment Forum (CYEN Saint Lucia) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to deliver presentations on their respective climate change initiatives in preparation for COP 21.

Mr. Chris Seayls, CYEN’s President explained the importance of his group’s “1.5 to Stay Alive” Campaign and the negative implications on small island developing states, like Saint Lucia if world leaders fail to come to an agreement which reduces greenhouse gas emissions to levels that will limit global temperature increases to below 2◦C. In the midst of the presentations, the audience was treated to a heartfelt and melodious performance of an original song dubbed Song for the Environment by Naomie ‘Ngozi’ Grandison.

Thereafter, Mrs. Joanna Octave-Rosemond, SLNT’s Programme Officer – Natural Heritage presented on the local results of WWViews on Climate and Energy. Two of the key results from the debate were that (i) most participants expressed grave concern about the issue of climate change as they believed that policy makers should take ambitious actions to deal with this phenomenon.

Although many participants believed that climate change should be tackled primarily at a global level, it is worth noting that they also expressed a desire to take responsibility at a national level and (ii) the 74 Saint Lucians who participated in WWViews on Climate and Energy believed that the country should take action to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions even if other countries do not.

The Trust thanks the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, East Caribbean Financial Holding, Consolidated Foods Limited, Coco Palm Resort, Rainforest Sky Rides and Felly Belly for their financial and in-kind support of the WWViews on Climate and Energy Project.

The full Global and National WWViews Results Reports and photographs can be accessed at: http://slunatrust.org/news/wwviews-results-report-launched.

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  1. So now we want to cut greenhouse gasses. I ask anyone what has the government of stlucia done or put in place to cut smoke and the use of excess e nerdy.
    I am no doctor nor do I have a university degree I am not an official, I am a dummy on the street. But has the government done any of this,

    1. Reduced the amount of second hand cars into the island? No
    2. Reduced the amount of junk that's imported into the island. Eg s and s is just full of landfill products.
    3. Does the government carry out emission tests on cars? No and old garbage trucks no
    4. Has the government issued a ban on CFL bulbs or incandescent bulbs? No
    5. Has the government reduced vat on LEDs ? No
    6. Has the government given any incentive for some one to purchase anything with an energy star rating? No
    7. Has the government taken any taxes away for solar equipment? No
    8. Has Luclec done anything about renewable energy? No
    9. Does the government of stlucia and Luclec really want pulp to go solar? If so why is it so hard to get certified
    10. Does the government not see that plastic bags are harming the environment. What has been done to curb this.? Nothing
    11. Are there any solar pannels that work on government buildings? No
    12. Do we really recycle? Kinda
    13. Is the tax break really that good on electric cars? Ummm
    14. Now a days it takes 45 min to an her to drive 10 mph. Thousands of cars running and crawling. Is this good for the environment.
    15. What has government done to reduce energy at there buildings? Insulation newer acs LEDs.
    16. Does the government have emission standards for cars that are imported? No
    17. Can you produce more than 25kw of power? No
    18. If you produce more power than you need will Luclec pay you? No
    19. Is there legislation in place allowing a customer to Produce alternative power on a large scale? No, um we working on that for some yrs now

    And the list goes on and on. Why not start doing and stop meeting and talking and talking. The only ting that happens fast here is bullet from a gun and car accidents.

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  2. It is impossible to conduct a legitimate conversation about "climate change" without first and foremost discussing "climate engineering", which is the primary reason why life on earth is on the brink of extinction. If the spraying of earth's atmosphere (Solar Radiation Management) with toxic, metallic particulates is not stopped immediately, a child born today will have virtually NO chance of ever seeing their 10th birthday.

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  3. Seriously. How much reading do I have to do to really understand "Climate Change" and speak as though I am an expert or at least like I know what I am saying?
    I suspect it's really a lot of reading, probably as much as doing a Masters Degree!!
    In the meantime should I just say what I hear other people saying and assume it's the gospel truth?
    I want to believe that all those scientists know what they're saying but something in my head just keeps telling me it's not as grave as they would have us believe.
    Anyway it's good for natural scientists because for the past years it has been as though the real "brains" in the world were computer programmers, lawyers and economists. The whole world have their attention now.

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