Climate change, the Paris Agreement and the Caribbean are inextricably linked, says former St Lucia minister

Dr Jimmy Fletcher, British High Commissioner Janet Douglas, Steve O’Malley UNDP

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Dr Jimmy Fletcher, former Chevening scholar and former minister for sustainable development in Saint Lucia, has during the past week travelled around the Eastern Caribbean and delivered insightful presentations on the contributions made by the region towards agreements to limit the growth of greenhouse gases.

He spoke to alumni and other interested parties in Saint Lucia, Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis and Grenada on the importance of climate change to the vulnerable countries of the Eastern Caribbean and the Paris Agreement. This was reached at the Conference of Parties (or COP 21) in Paris in 2015, where the majority of the global community agreed to take steps to limit the rise of global average temperatures and to tackle the effects of already unavoidable climate change.

Having represented Saint Lucia and the region, Fletcher was able to share his unique take on the Paris Agreement and the Caribbean. As he explained, the countries of the Eastern Caribbean and the UK played their part contributing to the overall global effort in restricting the impact of climate change.

“It is important to spread the message about climate change and its impact on the small island developing states in the Caribbean and elsewhere in the world,” he said.

The enthusiastic audience was enlightened by Fletcher’s presentations and energetic Q&A sessions showed the high levels of interest and knowledge of this issue.

The presentations come just after the British government launched its clean growth strategy aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions, and ahead of the next round of negotiations at COP23 in November.

The presentations were organised by the British High Commission, together with the Chevening Alumni Associations of each island.



  1. Paris agreement is about controlling CO2, which has very little to do with temperature. CO2 is only 5% of our GHGs, water vapour is 95% of our GHGs even higher in the Caribbean because in tropical regions it averages around 4% of our air tailing off to around zero at the poles. So any rational person could see that man made CO2 which is about 3 to 4% of CO2 is about 1/2500of our GHGs could have very little effect on our climate.
    The biggest cause of any climate change is coming from our sun which is going through the quietest perion for 100’s of years.


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