Date: 25th September, 2017
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, Honourable Mark Brantley, has implored the world to collectively pursue the use of renewable energy.
Addressing the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 23rd, Minister Brantley addressed the effects of global warming on natural phenomena such as hurricanes. He stated that the time had come for the world to treat such natural forces “as the manmade phenomena that they are.”
“Mr. President, the time has now come for the world to treat these phenomena not as natural disasters but as the man-made disasters that they are. The science is irrefutable. Our oceans continue to get warmer due to our continued abuse of our Planet Earth. Warmer oceans feed and create horrific storms such as Irma and Maria. Now more than ever we bear witness to the compelling need to support the call for reduction in green house gas emissions and all other actions and behaviours that aggravate the effects of climate change.
“Mr President, climate change for us in the Caribbean is not a matter for academic rumination. The humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria is stark testimony that climate change is not only real but poses an existential threat to our people, our countries and our civilization.”
Minister Brantley added while the Caribbean is not a major contributor to the level of global pollution, the region is left to shoulder the consequences of the impacts of pollution.
He therefore asserted that it is time for the global community to pursue renewable energy with new fervour.
“It is the cruellest irony of our times that those of us in the Caribbean least responsible for climate change are the ones most disastrously affected by it. We are not major polluters but we bear the brunt of the effects of such pollution. In every sense Mr. President small vulnerable States like Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis continue to be asked, by the world, to cash a cheque we did not write.
“In order to attain a sustainable planet, those most responsible for climate change through their green house gas emissions and other environmentally harmful practices must shoulder the responsibility of arresting and ameliorating the consequences. We cannot continue to abuse our Planet and expect to remain unscathed. The people of St. Kitts and Nevis calls upon the global community to pledge itself to pursuing renewable energy with greater alacrity. We must invest in better and stronger homes and buildings. We must grow our economies to allow us greater financial resilience and flexibility. The people of St Kitts and Nevis and of our Caribbean deserve and demand the same fundamental right to life and the security of our way of life as others anywhere else. I ask the global community to lend their collective voices so that together we can create a glorious symphony for change.”
Hon. Mark Brantley addressing the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations
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