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  • The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change, has handed over copies of its Climate Change Audio-Visual Tool Kit to several stakeholders.
  • One hundred copies of the tool kit will also be distributed to libraries; one primary and one secondary school in each parish; parish councils, ministries, as well as the Cabinet office.
  • Minister Pickersgill noted that climate change was a real and present phenomenon which is “likely to affect every individual, community, parish, and sector in Jamaica”.

As part of efforts to educate the public about the impact of climate, the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change, has handed over copies of its Climate Change Audio-Visual Tool Kit to several stakeholders.

Among the recipients are the Jamaica Library Service; Ministry of Education; Combined Disabilities Association; Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM); European Union; the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and National Environment Planning Agency (NEPA).

One hundred copies of the tool kit will also be distributed to libraries; one primary and one secondary school in each parish; parish councils, ministries, as well as the Cabinet office.

Information contained in the document will also be made available on the websites of the Ministry, Meteorological Service, Forestry Department, NEPA, and University of the West Indies’ Climate Studies Group.

The tool kits were presented by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, during a special ceremony at his office in New Kingston on Wednesday, May 28.

In his remarks, Minister Pickersgill noted that climate change was a real and present phenomenon which is “likely to affect every individual, community, parish, and sector in Jamaica”.

He said all Jamaicans must, therefore, be educated on its impact and on ways to adapt.

“It is even more useful to have material that is directly related to our culture and our experiences. We have put together useful information in one place with the aim of reaching children and adults, specific critical sectors, including the disabled community and in doing so, we are providing examples of situations with which we are familiar,” he stated.

The audio-visual tool kit was developed as part of activities under the GoJ/European Union/United Nations Environment Programme Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project.

It includes information and activities on climate change for children from four to 11 years old, as well as information for community-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, and the public sector.

It also contains information developed specifically for the hearing impaired, and the visually impaired.