Guyana features in new climate change film
A hard-hitting documentary on climate change in the region is expected to start airing shortly in Guyana and the region.
The 30-minute long film, “The Burning Agenda-The Climate Change Crisis in the Caribbean”, was launched on Monday at the residence of British High Commissioner, Bel Air. It was made by Dr Owen Day of the Buccoo Reef Trust, Tobago.
The film, which was done in collaboration with the British High Commissions of the region, features several interviews of top experts in the area, including one with President Bharrat Jagdeo.
It shows raw footage of the damage to the area because of climate change.
Among those present at the viewing of the film were Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, Dr Ulric “Neville” Trotz, Science Advisor for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, and Dr Edward Greene, Assistant Secretary-General of CARICOM.
Greene lauded the initiative and noted that one of the more important of challenges for the region when the Copenhagen conference comes up in December was the negotiating stage.
With climate change affecting key areas of food security, water security and habitat, people may be contributing to a case of statelessness and loss of territory due to sea level rise, among other things, and these can have disastrous consequences. CARICOM sees the importance of dealing with these realities, he said.
However, one of the best strategies to deal with the realities is through public awareness and education.
Also present at the launching of the documentary were several diplomats and key stakeholders and environmentalists.
The Buccoo Reef Trust (BRT) is a non-profit organisation, registered in Trinidad and Tobago and the USA that was specifically created to assist in addressing the threats facing Tobago’s marine environment and to explore opportunities for the sustainable development of marine tourism, fishing and aquaculture in the Caribbean region as a whole.
Its aim is to build and operate a Marine Research Centre as an internationally recognised institution of research and education on tropical reef ecosystems and sustainable aquaculture.