Earth Day, 22 April 2019. As part of the #1point5toStayAlive Campaign that supports Caribbean and other vulnerable countries in the fight against climate change, Panos Caribbean has produced a new theme song, with lyrics by Saint Lucian poet and dramatist Kendel Hippolyte and music by musician and humanitarian Taj Weekes, who coordinated the production on behalf of Panos Caribbean.
The song features the voices of Linda “Chocolate” Berthier, Bushman, Kenyatta Hill, Kendel Hippolyte, Zara McFarlane, Sidney Mills, Jafe Faulino, Razia Said, Aaron Silk and Taj Weekes. It is distributed by Jatta/VP Records, and is available online on YouTube and SoundCloud.
Coinciding with the release of the song, Kendel Hippolyte has launched an appeal to artists and other concerned citizens to make their voices heard in the fight against climate change. In Hippolyte’s words, “we cannot look at our children, and their children, and tell them we did nothing”.
The Paris Agreement signed at the 2015 climate change conference called on all countries “to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase … to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial average”. Global warming is on track to break the 1.5°C mark as early as 2040, and an increase of the average global temperature above 1.5°C will have disastrous impacts on the Caribbean and other vulnerable regions of the world.
Kendel Hippolyte’s call to artists:
Climate Change is a Gender Issue – Caribbean Video Released
Katowice, Poland, 11 December 2018 - It is “Gender Day” at COP24, the global climate conference, and on this occasion Panos Caribbean is releasing a video to highlight the gender dimensions of the climate-change crisis and the role that women play, at all levels, to respond to this situation.
Directed and produced by Jamaican Esther Figueroa, this documentary features four leading Caribbean professionals and activists who share their views and their experiences, including Grenada’s former Ambassador Dessima Williams, who chaired the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) between 2009 and 2011, and who reminds us that “women, when they emerge as decision-makers, make a marked, step-change contribution to decisions that affect people”.Read more ...
On the eve of the next global climate change conference to be held in Poland in December, and following the release of a special report by the International Panel on Climate Change that highlights the urgent need for action by governments, industries and individuals to contain global warming, Panos Caribbean is launching a new regional campaign to support the Caribbean and other vulnerable countries in the fight against climate change.
The face of the campaign is a new, powerful painting by Saint Lucian - American artist Jonathan Gladding. It pictures a young girl with her body almost entirely submerged by sea-level rise, and with her fingers sending the desperate message that she needs #1point5tostayalive.
Saint Lucian poet and playwright Kendel Hippolyte, who played a lead role in the campaign to secure the historic Paris Agreement in 2015, has called on Caribbean artists to add their voice to the call for decisive global action against climate change.Read more ...