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Bill Clinton commits to collaboration with Dominica

PICTURED: Bill Clinton at a press conference on Tuesday (Feb 6) (Photo credit:http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/general/president-clinton-says-dominica-can-lead-way-in-producing-clean-energy/)

42ND PRESIDENT of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, has visited Dominica today (Jan 7), reasserting commitment from the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative to assist Dominica in their mission to become the world’s first climate resilient nation.

Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, welcomed President Clinton this morning to the island, and together they gave a joint press conference, declaring their ongoing plans to lead the way in sustainable nation-building.

President Clinton believes that Dominica’s approach to climate change has the potential to lead the world to a whole new way of producing clean power, reducing the threat of climate change and improving the

The President praised the countries’ heroism and the people’s ability to not only “overcome the impact of the natural disasters […] but even more, to take advantage of this moment to position this country to handle the next disasters and to respond in a way that will improve both your chances of surviving the climate change that is ruling the world and prospering from it.”

Clinton then went on to comment on the strength of leadership and vision provided by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit:

“Can we find a different way to develop and generate power that gives you a chance to raise your children and your grandchildren in this place safely and more prosperously? The answer is yes.

“I’m just very grateful that your Prime Minster, almost more than any other leader around, gets it.”

In relation to acting more sustainability and following through with the vision for a climate resilient Dominica, Clinton conveyed a particular message to the young members of the audience at the press conference:

“You’ve got a chance here, beginning in Dominica... that the Caribbean can be more prospering by building resilient homes and structures than by ignoring [climate change]. More prosperous, more plentiful green power… You can change the whole preconception.”

Among the former President's commitments via the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative includes assisting Dominica in the Government’s integrated resource plan for the energy sector.

He also stressed the amount of work still needed to return Dominica to it’s former glory:

“It’s easy for people to move in when there’s a disaster and everybody’s torn up and upset, and you forget that 90% of the work has to be done after the debris has cleared, after the tragedy has past.”

The Dominican Government continues to encourage donations to DominicaRelief.org.

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