Starting March 2013 the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre will share episodes from the 12 part climate change-focused TV series “Understanding Climate Change” on all our web platforms (our website, blog, and YouTube channel). The series, which is produced by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, a sub-region within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), features climate change impacts and solutions – with an emphasis on issues related the water, tourism and agricultural sectors, as well as highlights on vulnerabilities to coastal areas, and increased exposure to natural disasters, such as hurricanes.
“Understanding Climate Change” was launched yesterday at “Our Planet”, a state of the art cinema theatre in downtown Castries. OECS Communications Specialist Tecla Fontenard notes that “an estimated 80 guests [were] in attendance, and over 15 media reps (including 7 cameras) from across the independent states of the OECS [were on hand to cover the event]”. The guests included representatives from local, national, regional and international agencies involved in environmental conservation and climate change related work in the OECS sub-region. Ms. Fontenard describes the launch as an “exciting night… the biggest we have seen so far for our climate change project”.
The TV series, which was recently completed with the assistance of a Saint Lucia-based consulting firm, is the first of its kind for the OECS Secretariat and is expected to contribute to awareness building efforts of an OECS-USAID Climate Change Project aimed at “Reducing the Risks to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC).
The series is part of the awareness component of the USAID-funded climate change project (RRACC), and is expected to generate increased curiosity on climate change and provide tips on how the public can make individual choices that will help them better cope with climate change related issues. The RRACC Project is a five-year development project which was launched in 2011 to assist OECS governments with building resilience through the implementation of climate change adaptation measures. RRACC will build an enabling environment in support of policies and laws to reduce vulnerability, address information gaps that constrain issues related to climate vulnerabilities, make interventions in freshwater and coastal management to build resilience, increase awareness on issues related to climate change and improve capacities for climate change adaptation.