Wednesday 21 August 2019
Queen’s Park Savannah
On Wednesday 21st August 2019 Climate Analytics gGmbH, an international climate science and policy think-tank will host an event on the margins of CARIFESTA XIV featuring a presentation by Dr James Fletcher, former Saint Lucian Minister for Public Service, Information, Broadcasting, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology. From 2011 to 2016, Dr Fletcher was the Minister with responsibility for Climate Change and led CARICOM in international Climate Change talks as Saint Lucia holds the portfolio for sustainable development and climate change in the Region. The event is sponsored by the Regional Climate Champions Project led by Climate Analytics in the CARICOM region. The project is in its second year and aims to enhance civil society knowledge and discourse on climate change and promote more ambitious action on climate change.
As hundreds of cities all over Europe, the United States of America and Australia have declared a climate emergency, pressure is mounting internationally for major economies to take serious action to address climate change. The observed impacts of climate change continue to worsen with record-breaking temperatures becoming a daily occurrence. According to the latest data from the World Meteorological Organisation, this July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded. Warming temperatures will result in increased sea-level rise and more intense natural disasters such as hurricanes and cyclones.
In the Caribbean, governments continue to advocate at the international negotiations for global warming to be kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. With the average global temperatures already at around 1 degree Celsius above what they were less than two centuries ago, this demand requires the most urgent stringent action in order to have a chance of being achieved. Regional governments have therefore made calls for enhanced climate action and for funding to support adaptation efforts as top priorities in international negotiations.
In the face of this looming crisis, regional civil society engagement on the main issues remains sporadic. Dr Fletcher will discuss some options for enhanced civil society engagement and will be joined by Poet and Playwright Mr. Kendel Hippolyte to launch an appeal to regional artists to become more engaged on the issue of climate change advocacy. This call is part of the #1point5tostayalive campaign which Panos Caribbean has facilitated over the past four years, with the involvement of artists, media workers and civil society organisations from various parts of the region.
Date and time: Wednesday 21 August 2019 at 6:00pm
Venue: CARIFEST XIV Village, Queens Park Savannah - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago