St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis do not know enough about climate change and its effects on the Caribbean, according to several high school students present at a recent environmental mini-workshop.
“I don't think the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis know enough because many of them don't invest the efforts or behavior that is required to benefit climate change in the future. No I don't think the citizens of Nevis know enough about climate change because based on their actions around the place they don't know enough to prevent it so much as to help it.”
The workshop, held at the Charlestown Secondary School on Thursday, formed part of the launch event organized by Green Solutions International, a non-profit organization based in St. Kitts and Nevis which focuses on environmental issues in the Caribbean.
Workshop host, Dr. Kimberly Stephenson, a researcher in the Climate Change Studies group at the UWI Mona Campus, aimed to educate the youth about climate change.
The students were attentive and responsive to the workshop activities, which consisted of several simulations and demonstrations of the effects of climate change in the federation and similar communities in the larger Caribbean.
“A gentleman called in when we were on the radio yesterday, and he had some interesting points. Now his idea was that we shouldn't be worried about this, everything we are hearing about climate change is just to get you scared, there isn't really any real climate change happening, it happens all the time, we didn't cause it. Let me just debunk that right now, anyone who comes to you telling you that all the publications on climate is wrong, it's not true. Climate change is an actual thing that is happening. I have studied how climate is impacting biodiversity and that is something I want you to get out of this entire workshop that climate impacts everything, whether it's animals, plants, it affects everything. So everybody should have an understanding of it, right?”
Before the event many of the young participants said they did not know much about climate change, but after the workshop they are now equipped with the knowledge to better understand the growing global threat.
“Before this workshop, I mostly knew that climate change was a result of human activity and global warming and also it was a result of the greenhouse effect. What I know now is how to help mitigate the effects of climate change and at least try to prevent from doing anything else to make it worse."
The students added that they appreciated the efforts of the workshop organizers, as they think it is important for the young people of St. Kitts and Nevis to understand how climate change impacts the lives of every day citizens.