Beyond engaging the youth in discussion on their future, Climate Change has been noted by scientists and world leaders as one of the greatest threats to our future and the future generation. Climate Change is THE topic of discussion at the upcoming 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) in
Paris, Frances this November where there will be negotiations for a new climate change agreement. These negotiations are of high importance to Saint Lucia, given that our island is considered to be on of 20 nations most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.
The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) -St. Lucia Chapter, in support of the Ministry of Sustainable Development recent launch of the Regional Climate Justice Campaign has embarked on a project to increase awareness on climate change and its impacts, and to build support for the Caribbean negotiators. The ministry efforts are to communicate that small island developing states (SIDS) and other vulnerable regions cannot accept a climate change deal that would not maintain temperature increase below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Hence its slogan “1point5 to stay alive”.
The project, funded by GEF SGP UNDP Saint Lucia and Bank of Saint Lucia ltd, involves the hosting of a series of public meetings across the island before and after COP 21; the first of which will be held at the Central Library on Monday 19thOctober 2015 at 6:00pm and the second at the Gros-Islet Community Centre on Wednesday 21st October from 6pm. CYEN welcomes all person to attend. We believe that all Saint Lucians should be well informed of the implications of climate change, especially the youth who make up over 50% of our country’s population and whose future is in jeopardy.