Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Doctor Gale Rigobert, has asserted that the recent adverse weather events underscore the need to quadruple efforts to implement the provisions of the Paris Agreement.
“Clearly the events of the last couple weeks suggest that climate change is not a hoax, it is not abstract, it is not esoteric, it is real – lives are impacted,” Rigobert said.
She observed that climate change affects industries and can wipe out entire countries.
“I don’t know how that can be explained as abstract,” the minister asserted.
She said Saint Lucia and the Department of Sustainable Development are doubly committed to ensuring that even more is done to sensetise the public about climate change.
The minister spoke of the need to orchestrate and encourage behaviour modifications to avoid becoming contributors to the problem.
She also observed that regulations and legislation must be adjusted to show greater sensitivity to climate change matters.
Rigobert expressed the hope that countries that are not yet convinced that the effects of climate change are real and can be devastating and even fatal, would reexamine their position on climate change and join Saint Lucia and the rest of the OECS and friends in the international community who are committed to climate change and climate action and upholding what is contained in the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement is a pact within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.
This year, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the agreement, causing widespread condemnation in the European Union and many sectors in the United States.