The global warming target is not optional for us – Moses | News

KEEPING GLOBAL WARMING to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next decade may be practical for the rest of the globe, but for the Caribbean this goal is mandatory, according to Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator Managing Director Racquel Moses .

Answer questions from the gleaner Commenting on the recently released findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), titled “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”, she said the region had no choice but to to achieve this goal.

“It’s not optional for us. We have no other way to survival. There will be mass migration and most people in the region will have to leave if we don’t limit global warming to 1.5 degrees,” she explained.

These are things that markets, as well as insurance companies and citizens of the world, need to pay attention to. More attention also needs to be given to the work being done in the region, the difference it makes and the type of solutions being developed.

“We don’t usually get a lot of press about the leadership role that we have, either in producing the report or in finding new solutions,” according to Moses, who pointed out that the report was not entirely negative. . One of the positives she referred to was the partnerships between governments, civil society and the sector, which made a significant difference, particularly in increasing the adaptive capacity of vulnerable people.

“We have fewer degrees of separation and so we have more ability to make those connections and make them change things for us. One of the good news is that adaptation finance is adapting to the changes we are already seeing. It makes a difference and so we need to step up this effort as we go along. »


On the issue of climate adaptation, for example, she highlighted the fact that Bermuda has already achieved water security, even though it does not have a national piped water system and depends entirely on water. ‘rainwater.

“They don’t have pipes that connect the country, but they collect their rainwater and so each house is an independent water collection unit. In Barbados they have the most intense solar water heating infrastructure in the world and Trinidad is becoming a net exporter of green hydrogen. Costa Rica is one of seven countries on the planet that can run for 300 days on renewable energy, so there’s a lot we can learn from each other in the region.

“There’s also a lot of things the world can learn from us and because we’re small, we don’t necessarily get that press on the things we do well.”

The flip side, as Moses pointed out, is that with the region hovering at 1.5 degrees Celsius in global warming, the outlook is not good.

“We’re not going to hit that mark on our current trajectory and the impact in terms of livelihoods, the impact on biodiversity, on the most vulnerable – all of those things are exacerbated by our failure to meet the targets that we we are set.”

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Teresa H. Sadler