‘Extinction is not far away’

Caribbean leaders express their concerns as the devastating effects of climate change hit home

CLIMATE CONCERNS: Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley

CARIBBEAN LEADERS have stepped up their global lobby on climate change in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamian islands of Abaco and Grand Bahamas.

The CARICOM regional grouping used a key United Nations event in Geneva to issue a stark warning about the consequences for island nations. “Our extinction is imminent,” said CARICOM’s chairman, St Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, in his keynote address at the opening of the UN Trade Forum on Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change, held from September 9 to 13.

“The climate crisis has taken away from us the ability to control our own destiny.”

Having visited Abaco and Grand Bahama the week before, the St Lucian leader did not mince his words…

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