Dominica not climate change ready

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica not climate change ready by: – April 9, 2014 Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 118 Views   no discussions Director of the Environmental Coordinating Unit, Lloyd Pascal (Iisd photo)Director of the Environmental Coordinating Unit Lloyd Pascal has revealed that Dominica is not prepared to withstand the challenges of climate change.Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years.Climate can have several negative effects on the environment, economy, and health among several other areas.“Our country is in trouble because we are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, we are weak in terms of our own preparation, in terms of our own action to prevent,” Pascal said in an interview with Dominica Vibes on April 8, 2014.Pascal, who acknowledged that “we cannot stop” climate change, said preventative measures can be taken to avoid loss of life and damage to property.He noted that although some effort has been made by government to mitigate the effects of climate change through the construction of sea and river defence walls, there is a lot more work to be done.“We are trying our best but the island on a whole is not prepared”.He noted further that the Environmental Coordinating Unit, although small and viewed as insignificant “because not many people recognize that we are there except if there is any talk that may come about climate change”, is playing its part in helping to raise awareness on the effects of climate change.Pascal called on all sectors, including the Ministries of Agriculture and Tourism, to join forces with the Unit to address climate change which is one of the world’s biggest issues affecting humans.“All of these sectors that form the Dominica society are going to be affected one way or the other”.Moreover, Pascal said Dominica must now consider the construction of state of the art hurricane shelters to accommodate citizens as the current facilities being used are not suitable to serve its purpose.He explained that most of the shelters used; school and church buildings, “some of them are even weaker in terms of structure and some of these building are the first ones to fall when a hurricane passes”.“When it comes to hurricane shelter we are not prepared, there is no place when it comes to evacuation if you are in the path of a storm or a hurricane that you can be taken to in Dominica that will provide for you sleeping accommodation, food, sanitation conditions and so on”.Thus, the country must now focus on constructing hurricane shelters that can provide accommodation and all amenities.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img