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  • The Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Service), on Friday (May 31), launched the 2019 renewal of its Weather, Climate and Climate Change Quiz Competition.
  • The biennial event, which is being staged for the third time, is open to preparatory and primary school students who face-off in a one-day contest to test their knowledge of weather and climate-related topics.
  • Students from 16 preparatory and primary schools islandwide are expected to participate in the competition, scheduled for June 14 in the Physics Department of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus.

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Service), on Friday (May 31), launched the 2019 renewal of its Weather, Climate and Climate Change Quiz Competition.

The biennial event, which is being staged for the third time, is open to preparatory and primary school students who face-off in a one-day contest to test their knowledge of weather and climate-related topics.

Students from 16 preparatory and primary schools islandwide are expected to participate in the competition, scheduled for June 14 in the Physics Department of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus.

The day’s schedule will include five knock-out rounds and a third-place play-off, along with the championship match.

Speaking at the launch at the UWI, Met Service Director, Evan Thompson, said the initiative’s staging is in recognition of the need to extend the public’s understanding of weather, climate, and climate change.

“We thought that the youth of our country are the best [ones] to start [with] so that we can develop their understanding of what the weather is, how that contributes to climate, how climate change has developed, and what that means to us as a population and as country,” he said.

Mr. Thompson, who noted that “we are seeing climate change becoming a reality before our eyes”, emphasised that “we want to be able to [keep pace] with the times to see what is happening and know how we adapt to the changes”.

“We want to increase knowledge… [which] is an important part of this [quiz] exercise, because we believe that there is a lot of power in knowledge,” he added.

Mr. Thompson said the competition will not only increase the students’ knowledge, but also that of the teachers and parents and, ultimately, the country.

This, he further stated, will result in more persons becoming aware of climate change and their role in curtailing its impact.

The Weather, Climate and Climate Change Quiz Competition is being hosted in partnership with the National Water Commission, Forestry Department, Water Resources Authority, the Climate Change Division, the Youth Division of the HEART Trust/NTA, and the National Environment and Planning Agency.