MUSIC Helps Spreads Environment Day Message

SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

From ska, rocksteady, reggae to the Environment -World Environment Day concert a treat for all

By Jervene Simpson, writer

Panos Caribbean Volunteer - Cordia Chambers-Johnson interacting with visitors to PK's VOICES for Climate Change booth at Devon House in Kingston, Jamaica at an Earth Day Event in April 2010

Kingston (Panos) June 11, 2010 – Excited fans danced up a storm as strains of ska, rocksteady, reggae rocked Devon House during the World Environment Day expo and concert held last Friday (June 4).

World renowned performer Ibo Cooper and his band along with the vibrant Alpha Boys band and artistes from the Voices from Climate Change Project kept the audience moving while sharing vital environmental information.

“It has been a fantastic concert, not only have I gained exposure but I have also learnt a lot about the environment from this event” said former 2008 Rising Stars runner up K’ Alee after her performance with the Voices for Climate Change team.

“The day was a success, though we could have had more students, our register shows that we have achieved our objectives” said Ava Tomlinson, Acting Manager for the Public Education and Corporate Communications branch of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), who was obviously pleased with the turn out of patrons at the exhibition and mini concert.

The dynamic Alpha Boys Band had the crowd rocking and chanting to folk music while co-founder of the legendary Third World band Ibo Cooper and young talent Sarina Constantine took the crowd on a journey through the musical eras and had everyone dancing on the lawns to ska hits and rock steady music. Many were also anointed by the beautiful voice of Candy Isaacs who blessed the event with soul stirring gospel hits such as His eye is on the Sparrow.

Voices for Climate change entertainer and Jamaican music genius Lloyd Lovindeer also had the crowd singing to his 1988 hit ‘Wild Gilbert.’ He also performed his recent hit song ‘Dumpling shop’ and his environmental tribute – a riveting rock song called – Our Planets Aid. Among the performances from the Voices for Climate Change project were Amique, Boom Dawn, rising stars sweetheart K’Alee, and 2006 and 2008 Rising stars winners One Third and Cameal Davis who shared their microphones with the crowd. Everyone sang along and enjoyed what was a memorable and very entertaining celebration of National Environmental Awareness Week (NEAW). The concert was chaired by emcees popular actress Audrey Reid and veteran broadcaster Patrick Lafayette.

Also on show at the National Environment and Planning Agency’s environment expo were displays from The Voices for Climate Change Education Project, the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), The Nature Preservation Foundation, The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Merl Grove High School and the Ministry of Agriculture: Fisheries and forestry Departments.

Patrons eagerly took their pictures with the endangered Jamaican Boa snake, touched the baby crocodile, collected brochures and other paraphernalia on ways of reducing climate change, benefits of ethanol usage and the importance of biodiversity to the environment.

“I have learnt a lot from the exhibition, I now know that the waste from our kitchens can be used to make ethanol and that this ethanol usage will help in the reduction of global warming” said a Donald Quarrie High School student.

Many persons left the gates of Devon House, obviously pleased with the wealth of information they had gathered and the fun and memories they shared with the entertainers.

VOICES for Climate Change artistes perform for a young audience at an Earth Day event in April 2010 at Devon House in Kingston, Jamaica

The Voices for Climate Change Education project has 24 entertainers who have produced songs aimed at educating the public on climate change issues. The project is led by the Panos Caribbean Institute and the National Environmental and Education Committee (NEEC). It is funded by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, the National Met Office and the United Nations Development Programme.(End/11/06/10)

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