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Saint Lucia to amplify regional voice on climate justice ahead of COP 21


The Saint Lucia leg of Caribbean Voices on and for Climate Change was last this week at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

Caribbean Voice on and for Climate Change is the brain child of Sustainable Development Minister Sen. Hon. Dr James Fletcher. The campaign seeks to bring forward and amplify genuine Caribbean voices, and to build bridges between governments and civil society in our response to the threats caused by climate change. This is increasingly critical for Caribbean countries as many of our communities sit on the shoreline of climate change devastation.

At a regional meeting held in Saint Lucia on 30 – 31 July 2015 media workers, artistes, civil society representatives and climate negotiators acknowledged the severity and urgency of the current and future impacts of climate change on the Caribbean, and they stressed the need to raise awareness of these threats, within and outside the region.

The meeting also highlighted the need for greater sensitisation and mobilisation within the region, to support the Caribbean’s positions in upcoming negotiations at the Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015.

As a result, a regional campaign has been conceived, dubbed #1point5tostaylive, to convey the key message that small island states and other vulnerable regions cannot accept an international agreement that would not commit the world to a rise in average temperature that remains below 1.5 Degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

At Thursday`s, the main elements of the campaign will be presented, including the role of Caribbean artistes, a Saint Lucian Media Climate change Challenge and a documentary on Climate Justice produced by the Government Information Service will be viewed.

This campaign is an important component of Caribbean artillery in preparations for the major conference on Climate Change (COP21) that will take place in Paris, France in December 2015 and that is seen as a defining moment for the future of the planet.

Credit: St. Lucia News Online

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