Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 8, 2018 – CARICOM states must tackle climate change with courage and realism to prevent total annihilation of their economies.
Jamaica’s opposition Peoples National Party (PNP) parliamentarian Hon. Lisa Hanna addressing over 600 patrons at the 18th annual New Year’s Gala hosted by former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said climate change “is real and potentially destructive and a destructive issue for all who call the Caribbean home.”
“Climate change hasserious implications for small island developing states in CARICOM and must betackled with courage and realism. All of us could face a total annihilation ofour economies if we do not tackle this fight,” she said.
She referred to the extensive work that former prime minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and his St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party administration did to protect the coastlines in St. Kitts and Nevis and remembers very strategically when she chaired UNESCO“the resolutions that were moved at the UNSECO by the ambassador for St. Kitts and Nevis on climate change on Small Island Developing States looking at climate change. We supported it and we must not stop supporting these kinds of issues.”
“It says he whofeels it knows it and rain do not fall on one man house. Jamaica felt the backto back recent category five hurricanes and this is now a reality for thisregion,” she said.
The PNPparliamentarian recalled Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s emotionalpronouncements last year at the UN General Assembly.
“It should serveas a chilling reminder to urgently brace for the 2018 hurricane season. Notbecause it did not hit Jamaica, we felt ravaged by what we saw in terms of the EasternCaribbean. When it hits one, it hits all of us,” said Hanna.
“In this fightwe must not only survive but we must prevail. There is no other option. Wecannot afford to get wiped out,” she said.
Hanna said theCaribbean has to speak with as one voice “if we are going to be globallyrelevant as countries and as a region.”
“We must havethe courage and speak with one voice to bend the reluctance of many of thelending international agencies that will not give us the lower interestconcessionary rates to borrow money especially in the aftermath of a hurricane.
It cannot bethat in this century people looking at the quality of life, only look at theGDP per capita of a country to determine whether or not you must lower interestrates to help our people. It is wrong and CARICOM has to stand up as one voiceand say that it is wrong,” said Hanna.
Hon. Lisa Hanna