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Sue for climate change instead of reparations, says UWI lecturer

Published:Wednesday | October 25, 2017 | 9:42 AM
Fog settles in the Blue Mountains.

There is a suggestion from an academic, that Jamaica should seek justice in the International Court of Justice for the impact of climate change on its growth and development, instead of pursuing reparations for slavery.  

Lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Anthony Chen, contends that Jamaica, stands a greater chance of getting justice if it drags countries guilty of emitting mass volumes of greenhouse gases before the international court.

He argues that reparation would require some form of arbitration and other tedious processes.

However, the professor contends that there is overwhelming evidence and enough experts available to make a solid case against developed countries for the destruction they have caused upon struggling economies.


University of the West Indies Professor. Anthony Chen.

Professor Chen argued that vulnerable countries such as Jamaica with relatively low emissions continue to pay dearly for a crime not of their own doing.

Professor Chen’s call comes against the background of the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria which have left several Caribbean countries reeling and burdened with a hefty recovery bill.

Only recently, Finance Minister Audley Shaw attributedthe 0.1 per cent contraction in the economy in first quarter to extreme weather conditions affecting the country, which caused the agriculture sector to decline.