Caribbean nationals join forces to call for urgent climate action

During June 14-16, a collaborative effort known as I Love the Caribbean brought together passionate individuals from eight Caribbean countries to advocate for urgent climate action. Organized by the Caribbean Climate Network in partnership with various organizations across the region, these events aimed to showcase beloved aspects of the Caribbean, amplify the voices of those impacted by climate change, and push for immediate measures to protect our planet’s future.

The Caribbean Climate Network is a division of, dedicated to empowering grassroots movements, advocating for equitable climate solutions, and working towards a sustainable future for all in collaboration with partners.

The Caribbean is currently grappling with heatwaves, intense rainfall, and water shortages, prompting participants to urge leaders to implement measures that safeguard communities from future climate impacts. In Jamaica, the focus was on the vulnerability of local coffee production to climate change, while in Puerto Rico, advocates emphasized the need for climate policies to protect coral reefs and local fruit species. Similar initiatives took place in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Suriname, each tailored to address the unique environmental challenges and cultural contexts of the respective nations.

Amira Odeh, a spokesperson for the Caribbean Climate Network from Puerto Rico, highlighted the unfair burden faced by the region due to the climate crisis and stressed the importance of taking immediate action to preserve the region’s cultural and natural heritage. These events underscored the critical link between environmental conservation, cultural identity, and social justice, with participants showcasing various forms of activism, from art to renewable energy advocacy.

“The beautiful things we have are part of our culture and personalities and we want to make sure that we don’t lose them in the future, we are calling for climate measures to be taken now, not when it might already be too late,” remarked Odeh.



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