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The St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference beyond 2021

We welcome you to RVA We will continue to involve as many people as possible in the many years to come all over the Caribbean.

After almost ten years of climate action a lot has been done and certainly more is to be done for all to be ready for climate change. Hundreds and Thousands of people are working to make their villages and island nations more Food, Water and Energy secure. People are taking action to meet the Climate Emergency. We can only see the Climate compliance Conference as a permanent action based conference continuing its efforts with the many ordinary people across St. Vincent and the rest of the Caribbean.

The Impact of Global Warming and Climate Change currently and in the future in the Caribbean

In 2017, Hurricane Maria swept across the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, taking lives, destroying homes, and damaging the natural landscape that sustains the tourism industry, which the 270-square-mile island relies on. The storm’s overall cost to Dominica was an estimated US$930 million, almost double the country’s GDP. Maria went on to cause havoc in Puerto Rico, directly and indirectly killing more than 2,900 people. It was the deadliest storm Puerto Rico and Dominica had experienced in more than a century.

Just two weeks prior, both islands had been hit by Irma, which became a Category 5 hurricane during its lifecycle. More than one hurricane of that magnitude in the same season had previously been unheard of.

In recent years, the Caribbean has seen its hurricane seasons become more destructive. The change has been attributed to global warming and climate change, a crisis that many have been warning about for decades; this could have particularly devastating effects for the Caribbean. With the glaring evidence of crushed infrastructure, homes, and lives, more people seem more prepared to listen and take action. But much of the increase in global temperatures seems irreversible, and effects will get worse.

What experts and activists hope for now is that temperatures won’t rise to a point where they threaten the very existence of small islands like Dominica. “I come to you straight from the front lines of the war on climate change,” said Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in a heartfelt appeal to the UN General Assembly, shortly after Maria’s passage. “We as a country and as a region did not start this war against nature. We did not provoke it. The war has come to us. There is no more time for conversation. There is little time left for action.”

How climate change will affect the Caribbean, a timeline

  • Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress.
  • Seventy to ninety per cent of coral reefs will die at 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, which is expected to happen by 2030; 99 per cent of coral reefs will die at two degrees Celsius of warming, which could happen by the end of this century.
  • Major coastal defense projects will be required to protect hundreds of kilometers of vulnerable coastlines by 2050.
  • By that year, significant relocation of people and existing coastal infrastructure will be necessary.
  • The World Bank estimates that the annual damage to countries within the Caribbean community caused by climate change will rise to US$11 billion by 2080 — eleven per cent of the region’s collective GDP.
  • The sea level in the Caribbean is expected to rise by more than 1 meter by 2100, putting many coastal towns and cities — including most Caribbean capitals — at risk of being submerged. Furthermore, more than 11,000 people will be displaced, 600 km of roads lost, 29 airports gone, 1,300 km2 of land lost to the sea.
  • There are so many facts on the table; therefore the St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference will continue as a permanent standing action conference involving as many people as possible in the many years to come all over the Caribbean.

We welcome you to join us in spearheading these future endeavors

Setting up Model Farms with Climate centers in and around St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

A model farm is from 2-30 acres and has training, living facilities and income generating activities like vegetable and fruit production, nursery, animal production and locally built lodges with focus on agro & eco tourism like forest gardening, farm park, high biodiversity farming, animals in silvo-pastural systems, pathways, benches and bird lookouts.

The Model Farm and Climate Center has:

  • Renewable energy, water harvesting, recycling systems, biogas, emergency shelter and storage capacity, grey and black water systems and is food secure.
  • At each Center training courses for home garden families, small farmers and other people are available.
  • The Center raises its own funds through sale of various farm produce, nursery, agro and eco tourism.
  • The Center also serves as Emergency storage and shelter when disasters strike equipped with tools, tents, generators, first aid kits, food and water cleaning tablets.
  • The staff of the Center as well as students and home garden families, farmers and others will form village action groups and carry out actions like community beach- and river clean ups, home gardens, mangrove and tree planting, riverbank protection and soil erosion prevention.

Look up for updates of teams starting!

We hope to see you!

Looking back at 2019
I thought farming with chemicals was the right way...