Climate change in Jamaica 10 years' time
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.
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change
For me, it would be between education and energy, but more so, energy.
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.
chief executive officer, National Environment and Planning Agency
I think the greatest change will be in 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.
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.
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.
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 towards energy-efficient actions and climate-change adaptation.