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  • Climate-change adaptation and mitigation and the overall impact on the region will be the focus for the inaugural observance of Climate Change Awareness Week (CCAW), slated for November 29 to December 3.
  • In an interview with JIS News, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Lieutenant Colonel Oral Khan, said that the overall aim is to increase the public’s awareness of climate change, the impact it will have on Jamaica and what is being done to prepare the country, and by extension the region, to face the possible impact.
  • A highlight of the week will be the two-day Climate Smart Expo at Emancipation Park on December 2 and 3, organised by the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).

Climate-change adaptation and mitigation and the overall impact on the region will be the focus for the inaugural observance of Climate Change Awareness Week (CCAW), slated for November 29 to December 3.

Spearheaded by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the week’s activities will include meetings, workshops, a symposium, an expo and a walk.

In an interview with JIS News, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Lieutenant Colonel Oral Khan, said that the overall aim is to increase the public’s awareness of climate change, the impact it will have on Jamaica and what is being done to prepare the country, and by extension the region, to face the possible impact.

“We want to make everybody aware that the climate is changing and will continue to change and will impact our lives significantly, so we will be engaging policymakers, senior persons in government such as permanent secretaries, the media, students, key partners and stakeholders across the region through the various activities for the week,” Lieutenant Khan outlined.

The week’s proceedings will commence with a media workshop on November 29 at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters in Mona, followed by a two-day symposium at the same venue on November 30 and December 1.

Meetings with government officials and members of the Youth Environmental Advocacy Programme (YEAP) will also be held throughout the week.

A highlight of the week will be the two-day Climate Smart Expo at Emancipation Park on December 2 and 3, organised by the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).

The Chief Technical Director explained that the expo will allow exhibitors and other stakeholders to explain to the public the financial offerings and support that the PPCR facilitates.

He explained that the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism is a project under the PPCR that gives financial support through grants and lines of credit towards climate-change activities, particularly those related to the tourism and agricultural sectors.

“We would like everybody to come to the park on those two days to see what various companies and other stakeholders across government are doing to help address adaptation and mitigation,” he said.

“We are very interested in the young people, because we have a generation who can do something to make a difference in climate change by adjusting our behaviour, and that generation is also the one to be most affected by climate change as we start to feel more of the impact,” Lt. Khan added.

Organised by Environmental Solutions Limited, the Climate Walk will take place on Saturday December 3, beginning at Emancipation Park at 4:00 p.m.

“We start at Emancipation Park with pre-walk exercises, then walk along Knutsford Boulevard on to Trafalgar Road, Hope Road, Half-Way Tree and Half-Way Tree Road and back at the park,” Lt. Khan noted, adding that the Climate Walk was first staged last year with some 1,600 persons participating.

He further informed that following the walk, the week’s activities will culminate with a concert at the park.

“Come and see what is going on, learn some more about climate change, what you can do and what others are doing. The climate has changed and it is continuing to change, and because of that we must change some of our behaviour and do what we can to reduce our own carbon footprint,” Lt. Khan said.