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Climate change in Jamaica 10 years time

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 2:00 AM
Gillian Gutherie
Robert Pickersgill
Jacqueline Spence
Dr Conrad Douglas
Peter Knight
Dr Tannecia Stephenson
Albert Daley
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What progress do you expect Jamaica to make in the next 10 years in climate-change policy initiatives? In our latest Gleaner Editors' Forum at our North Street office in Kingston yesterday, we had participants answering this question.

Dr Conrad Douglas

chairman, Climate Change Advisory Board, Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change

It is mainly in the energy sector for me. We have more green jobs being created with solar energy. The United States and other developed countries are changing.

Peter Knight

chief executive officer, National Environment and Planning Agency

I think the greatest change will be on the level of awareness of the population, in understanding the changes that are taking place and adapting.

Dr Tannecia Stephenson

head of the Climate Change Group, University of the West Indies

I think it is in education as well. I think we are going to have a public that is more aware of climate change, how it affects you, how it affects me, my community, my country, and the world at large.

Robert Pickersgill

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change

For me, it would be between education and energy, but more so, energy.

Gillian Gutherie

senior director, Environment Management Division , Ministry of Water, Land Environment and Climate Change

I think we will have more green initiatives in both the private sector and public sector. We have various communities doing green initiatives and many other sectors are adapting.

Jacqueline Spence

acting head of the Climate Branch, Meteorological Office of Jamaica

Public awareness and education are definitely a great expectation for me. Once that is addressed I think everything else will fall in place.

Albert Daley

principal director, Climate Change Division, Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change

I see a greater refining of the policy framework across the public sector to encourage more movement to our energy-efficient actions and climate-change adaptation.