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  • A beautification and upgrading exercise will begin at the Climate Change Park in Portmore on Labour Day, May 23.
  • The park, situated in front of the Portmore Mall, has been selected as the National Labour Day Project.
  • Work at the park will involve the bushing of surrounding areas, the planting of trees, and the installation of solar lights.

A beautification and upgrading exercise will begin at the Climate Change Park in Portmore on Labour Day, May 23.

The park, situated in front of the Portmore Mall, has been selected as the National Labour Day Project.

This year Labour Day is being celebrated under the theme, “Take a Stand…Beautify our Land”.

Work at the park will involve the bushing of surrounding areas, the planting of trees, and the installation of solar lights.

The seven-acre park is part of a climate change partnership between the Municipality of Portmore and the city of Hagen, North Rhine Westphalia in the Federal Republic of Germany.

The cities, which have been linked since 2012, have been engaged in implementing a municipal climate partnership for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and environment protection.

The purpose of the Park is to symbolize the importance of sustainable development and for use in public education and awareness of environmental management and climate change.

Speaking at the recent launch of Workers Week and Labour Day at Jamaica House, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier said the project showed government’s commitment to sustaining a healthy natural environment.

“We actively encourage all sectors of the economy to become aware of how climate and policy changes will likely affect their respective firms and industries, and to put the necessary mitigation and adaptation plans in place to address the potentially negative implications,” he said.

Minister Kellier, who was representing the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, stressed the need for climate change adaptation measures to be put in place to mitigate the stress on the environment.