Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has met with U.S. President Barack Obama, according to Anthony’s Facebook page post dated earlier today. The post reads this way:
“Greetings everyone from Paris where, as you may know, am attending COP 21.
Yesterday, together with Prime Freundel Stuart of Barbados and three other leaders from Small Island Developing States, I met President Obama to discuss our concerns and issues. Prime Minister Stuart and I were representing CARICOM. It was a good meeting! On this issue, President Obama’s heart is in the right place. He told us that he understood our concerns as he too is “an island boy”, a reminder that he spent a considerable part of his childhood in Hawaii.
Among other things, I told the conference that “we are not the cause of climate change. Those who have a historical responsibility for the problem have a moral responsibility to fix it.They must help us adapt to the unrelenting and inevitable consequences already unleashed by the greed and abuse of the resources of the planet.”
I leave Paris for home tomorrow and the negotiations will be left in the capable hands of our indefatigable, committed and passionate Minister of Sustainable Development, Jimmy Fletcher. Together with our team, he faces eleven days of gruelling and complex negotiations with big and small. They will need our support and encouragement, distant as we may be from the theatre of the negotiations.