Panos Caribbean is reproducing here an article that was first published on Petre Williams-Raynor's blog, Green Seeds.
Up to last June, energy was a subject to which I directed little of my attention unless and until it came up in the context of the climate change challenge facing the Caribbean and — of course — on the monthly occasion of my electricity bill appearing in the mail.
CSEF 2017 delegates during a working group session on Monday, January 23.
Things have changed as my education has deepened — fuelled by an ever-ballooning interest and the development imperative with which I must contend as, inter alia, country head of a NGO, Panos Caribbean, which has, in particular, vulnerable and marginalised people as our focus.Read more ...
Panos Caribbean is reproducing here an article first published by Caribbean News Service.
NASSAU, The Bahamas, Jan 23 2017 – An official of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has reiterated a statement made by its president in 2014, which points to the need to move away from imported fossil fuels.
“Unless we can reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels, and unless we can substantially reduce energy costs, we will not succeed in improving our competitiveness and reducing our vulnerability to external shocks,” Head of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the CDB, Tessa Williams-Robertson said.
Speaking here at the opening of the fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF), Mrs. Williams-Robertson said the meeting plays an important role in facilitating dialogue on sustainable energy development; creating a space for sharing good practices, ideas and lessons learned; and in driving decision-making, policy and action across the Caribbean.Read more ...
MARRAKECH, Morocco — Dr. James Fletcher, a well-respected figure in global climate circles and former head of the CARICOM Task Force on Sustainable Development, has come out to bat for the Adaptation Fund, whose future under the Paris Agreement is being hotly contested.
“I think the Adaptation Fund should sit under the Paris Agreement. You see, the Adaptation Fund is very important because the Adaptation Fund is specifically for adaptation. The Green Climate Fund deals with both mitigation and adaptation and if you listen to some of the pledges that have been made, there is still a heavy bias towards mitigation,” he said, from the international climate talks being held here.
“For us in the Caribbean, mitigation is important because mitigation will allow us to transform our economies, give us the energy security that we need. But as far as greenhouse gases are concerned, mitigation means nothing for the Caribbean. We contribute what, one quarter of one per cent of greenhouse gases?” he argued.
“So whilst from a moral perspective and also from an economic transformation perspective we are quite interested in mitigation and we want the mitigation funds to flow — particularly those mitigation funds that will give us access to grant or concessional financing, so some of our initiatives in geo-thermal and others can take place — the biggest issue for us is adaptation,” he said.Read more ...
The prime Ministers of Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, and Dominica were present to highlight the impacts of climate change on their islands and lobby for international action to curb climate change during the final week of the 22nd UN Climate Talks in Marrakech, Morocco.
All six Prime Ministers — David Granger from Guyana; Andrew Holness from Jamaica; Allen Chastanet from Saint Lucia; Ralph Gonsalves from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and Roosevelt Skerrit from Dominica — addressed the high-level plenary of leaders.
The UN Climate Talks usually run for two weeks. In the first week, country negotiators and technical experts work on emerging climate issues and make recommendations for the ministers and heads of state, who usually arrive in the second week to take decisions on the issues raised.Read more ...
THE JAMAICA OFFICE OF PANOS CARIBBEAN REPRODUCES HERE THE STATEMENT DELIVERED BY JAMAICA'S PRIME MINISTER, THE MOST HONOURABLE ANDREW HOLNESS, AT THE COP 22 CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE, IN MARRAKESH, MOROCCO, THIS LAST TUESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2016.
JAMAICA’S NATIONAL STATEMENT TO THE HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT OF THE TWENTY SECOND SESSION OF THE MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Please accept Jamaica’s heartiest congratulations and best wishes on your chairmanship of this Conference.
I also express our sincere appreciation to the Government and people of the Kingdom of Morocco, for the excellent facilities and warm hospitality afforded us.
As a small island state, Jamaica finds itself looking ahead each year with some trepidation, to the anticipated hurricane season. We do so because, increasingly, these occurrences are more threatening and more damaging in impact. Against this background, we are in deep sympathy with the governments and peoples of Haiti, Cuba, The Bahamas and the United States of America, for losses sustained as a result of the passage of Hurricane Matthew this year.Read more ...
Consumers will have the chance to get in the know on why they pay the prices they do for fuel and how they can influence those costs, thanks to a webinar organised by the CARICOM Secretariat with support from PANOS Caribbean and New Energy Events.
“This knowledge webinar provides an opportunity for citizens within the Caribbean Community to gain some level of insight into such issues as: (1) the causes of fuel (such as diesel and gasoline) price change over time; (2) where the money that is paid for a litre (or gallon) of fuel really goes; and (3) what it is that consumers are actually paying for,” said Dr. Devon Gardner, Head of the Energy Unit at the CARICOM Secretariat.Read more ...
Petre Williams-Raynor (right), Country Director for Panos Caribbean – Jamaica, with team members, following a successful second ‘Dinner and a Debate’ United States Presidential Election Debate Viewing Event held on October 9, 2016. Team members from left are: Jehnell Spencer, intern; Adene Chung, finance and administration officer; and Indi Mclymont-Lafayette, consultant. (Photo: Mark Baker)Read more ...
KINGSTON, JAMAICA - Panos Caribbean has lauded its Voices for Climate Change Education artiste Oneil “Nazzle Man” Scott for his efforts which recently earned him victory in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition.
Nazzle Man came out ahead of nine other contestants, with his entry “No Weh Like Jamaica”, at the final of the competition, staged at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St. Andrew on Saturday night.
Pictured: Oneil ‘Nazzle Man’ Scott in performance at a Panos Caribbean event. (Photo Contributed)
“I’m really elated. I’m feeling great. I worked very hard for this and it has definitely paid off,” he told one local newspaper.
It was his fourth time entering the contest.Read more ...
Join Panos Caribbean’s Webinar on Climate Change & The Caribbean this Tuesday, June 28, 2016
TOPIC: The Caribbean and Climate Change Adaptation in the Context of the Paris Agreement
TIME: 10:00 AM (Jamaica)
PANOS team members, together with artistes from our Voices for Climate Change Education Project, have worked collaboratively to make Earth Day 2016 count: we have planted trees!
“About two weeks ago, one of our team members — Nastassia Fyffe — came to me indicating that Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) was looking for ‘partners’ to help them plant 5,000 trees this Earth Day while undertaking to donate JMD100.00 to the Forestry Department for every photo uploaded of individuals planting these trees. And I thought, what a beautiful idea?” said Petre Williams-Raynor, Country Director for Panos Caribbean, Jamaica.
“And so we have ran with it: planting trees, capturing the photographs of us doing so and then sharing them via social media — with #PanosEarthDay #JMMBEarthDay. Planet Earth will not lose for our efforts, certainly not given the climate change realities facing Jamaica, as other small island developing states of the Caribbean,” she added.
“What is more, we encourage others to follow suit and thank, very specially, our Voices for Climate Change Education artistes who continue to lend their talents and individual brands to the climate change adaptation cause,” Williams-Raynor said further.Read more ...
Earth inspired, the new album released under the "1.5 To Stay Alive" campaign yesterday (February 11), has won the approval of its first listeners.
“We are excited and the sky is the limit,” said Claire Bernard, Deputy Director General at the Planning Institute of Jamaica, who was present at the launch, held at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston.
The ‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ campaign is the work of Panos Caribbean; the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre; the Saint Lucia Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology; the Caribbean Development Bank, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States; the Regional Council of Martinique.
It has supported the region’s negotiating positions prior to and during the recent climate change talks held in Paris in December, with the focus, throughout, on ensuring that global temperatures are limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This is given the catastrophic climate risks — including sea level rise and extreme weather events — to the small island developing states of the region.
With Caribbean players succeeding in having the 1.5 captured as one element of the target in the outcome document from Paris, the ongoing campaign is seeking to ensure no loss of momentum as countries look to ratify the new global deal.