Barbadians need to be more knowledgeable about the impact of climate change.
And to this end, members of the Barbados Chapter of the Caribbean Youth Environmental Network – Worldwide Views on Climate Change are doing their part to ensure that citizens are adequately informed.
Yesterday, they hosted a consultation session at the Parkinson Resource Centre, giving those interested a chance to have their say.
Project Manager of World Wide Views on Climate and Energy in Barbados, Jamila Sealy, said “We really want the citizens to have a say in the climate change negotiations because it’s not a regular thing that happens.”
Sealy said they were contacted by the Worldwide Views and asked to host this consultation and one of their aims was to empower youth to address issues surrounding climate change, since small island developing states would be the first to be affected.
“We would be the first to be impacted from it. Owing to our size, we have limited land, water, and food. We import oil. So if something happens in another country that has the oil and food, we would not have any and we would be in a vulnerable state. We are also vulnerable to hurricanes and earthquakes and such,” she explained.
Sealy said the consultation was to encourage more persons to be in the know.
“The whole thing is like are we ready for these things? So if a lot of people don’t know about it, they are not going to care and I know we in Barbados are a reactive society, so when something big happens we then look to see how we could deal with the issue, i.e. the sargassm seaweed. So right now we are trying to get people more aware and go from there,” she said.
The consultation sessions will be hosted in four other countries; Haiti, Bahamas, Grenada and Guyana, throughout the year. (DB)