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Stakes are high for CARICOM at COP21

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2015 | 1:07 PM
English Prime Minister David Cameron greets French President Francois Hollande, (right), at the climate change special session held during Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting at the Raddison Golden Sands Hotel, in Malta, last Friday.

"Unless we can get the countries that are the major emitters of greenhouse gases to commit to more ambitious reductions, the Caribbean will be confronted with more extreme storms and hurricanes, more frequent and prolonged droughts, dangerous sea-level rise that will wash away roads, homes, hotels, and ports in every island; greater food insecurity and more acidic oceans that will kill our corals, damage our fish stock and negatively impact our tourism industries."

These sentiments were expressed by prime minister of St Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony, and CARICOM's lead head of government on climate change and sustainable development, in a statement ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which takes place in Paris, France starting tomorrow.