“1.5- Stay Alive”- Two events with music, film and discussion attract more than 150 people

Friday, December 4, 2015 3:11 PM- George's, Grenada
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St. George’s, Grenada – November 26th, 2015 – The Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) hosted free two climate change movie event series, including panel discussions. It is part of a round of activities leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Paris, France this December.

The film “1.5 - Stay Alive”, directed by Lucian Segura, spans several genres as a factual documentary, music video and nature film that seeks to convey the diversity and beauty of the Caribbean as a natural and cultural region while also issuing a wake-up call.

The film emphasises that in order to stop global warming an ambitious and binding climate treaty at the climate conference in Paris is critical for the survival of small island state – hence the title '1.5 – Stay alive'.

The first event with 50 participants was held in St. George’s at the Public Workers Union Building on Tuesday, November 17th.

The panel comprised 3 of the negotiators for Grenada, Dr. Spencer Thomas, Mr. Leon Charles and Ms. Martina Duncan, Climate Change Focal Point of the Government.

The second one - was held in St. Andrews at the Deluxe Cinema on Thursday November 19th. The panel comprised of Mr. Trevor Thompson, Senior Land Use Officer and one of the climate change negotiators, Dr. Dessima Williams and the Hon. Minister Roland Bhola, Minister for Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment.

The event was open to the public on both dates with the second date in Grenville St. Andrews targeting secondary school students attracting more than 100 students and other interested citizens and business personnel from the surrounding area.

The panellists answered general questions about climate change and how each of us can play a part in combatting its negative impacts but also shared insights what a typical day at the climate change negotiations looks like, what frustrates them and what their expectations are.

Dr Spencer Thomas stressed: ”While large countries have delegations with sometimes more than 100 people in the negotiation process, Grenada’s negotiation team is composed of 4 persons. When the negotiations enter the critical phase, the large delegations change their teams at 10pm, so that fresh people can take over the night shift. We have to stay in there and keep our negotiation positions.”

However, Minister Bhola also mentioned: “Due to the close cooperation with other CARICOM states or states from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the negotiation power is much stronger than one would expect from a small country like Grenada. And we have people in the team with more than 20 years’ experience in the negotiation process”.

The panellists also explained that the conference – which takes place very year – provides a good opportunity for the Government to mobilize funds for climate change projects which foster implementation on the ground. For example, the Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies Programme (ICCAS) in Grenada with a budget of more than 5 Million Euro is the direct result of talks at the negotiations with the Government of Germany.

This year, one of the major goals is to come up with a binding agreement to stop global warming – linked to agreeing on financial support for developing countries, and in particular small island development states like Grenada, to further adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.

As Trevor Thompson put it “We can show that we have done our homework in preparing the right policies and integrated climate change issues in them, and in showing what is needed in Grenada in terms of adaptation, but also concerning renewable energies.

Now the industrialised world would need to provide the funding for the implementation of the plans”. The panellists stressed that the travel costs for all members of the Grenada delegation is externally funded, which shows that the development partners have a great interest in Grenada participating in the conference, even in fiscally difficult times.

For everyone who could not come to attend, the film is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckMVASFRxUk

The event is an initiative under the Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies Programme (ICCAS) in Grenada. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) under its International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented jointly by the Government of Grenada, GIZ and the UNDP.




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