Barbadians not paying attention to climate change

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)






7 Responses to Barbadians not paying attention to climate change

  1. Patrick Blackman June 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Yes we need to be, we need also to understand we have no power to impact change at the level where it needs to be impacted as small countries.

    Climate change (if you listen to the experts) is a result of our activities. It is the activities of industrialized nations and their criminal association with multinational entities that are destroying our environments.

    They recklessly extract our resources and contaminated the environment for excessive profit. Politicians in these developing countries constantly sell their people for scraps off the table.

    I commend your efforts but your time can be better spent addressing real ocal issues.

  2. Ashley Sterling
    Ashley Sterling June 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    the sheer amount of plastic bags bajans use is ridiculous… and recycling would be nice: not just pet bottles but cans, paper, you know, the three R’s kinda recycling….

  3. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte June 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    How fast can one reverse the damage?

  4. Chris Wright June 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Added to the above mentioned dangers related to climate change, there is also the threat of severe flooding in low lying areas such as the West and South coasts. There has been flooding in some areas of the USA and other countries that have not seen flooding in many years, and Barbados has to be in the state of preparedness just in case.

  5. Alex Alleyne June 8, 2015 at 6:33 am

    You tell us all about “going green” and you out there drilling for oil .

  6. Ken Debajee
    Ken Debajee June 8, 2015 at 7:50 am

    265k people and no industry, no effect on the earth so climate change will effect bajans, but bajans will not effect climate change

  7. jrsmith June 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    @,Chris ,Wright, I agree with you , but to look at Barbados infrastructure, and be honest this is not part of climate change, the continuous flooding in Barbados, this is technically no strategic planning and bad management neglect.
    This you blame on government, for the flooding ,under ground storm drainage tunnels leading to the sea, fixes most of that problem.
    The infrastructure problems, needs continuous planning and work, which needs the people with the know how. but everything which can be done ,seems to be hard work in Barbados.
    You keep building more, houses ,when the rain comes ,the water have no place to run off , you have built on the land.
    You need proper roads.
    You need to increase your water supply.
    You need to increase electric power.
    You need to cater for more sewage.
    None of this is to do with climate change, an excuse must be always found, again it adds up all bad management.
    @,Patrick B, right on brother, right on.

    You need to cater for more waste.


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