Climate change not taken seriously – Pascal

A factory pours smoke and fumes into the atmosphere

Head of the Environmental Coordinating Unit Lloyd Pascal is giving international territories another thumbs-down for their approach toward addressing climate change.

Pascal used the opening session of a climate change workshop at Fort Young Hotel Wednesday, to reiterate a call for countries to step up action with respect to climate change.

“Quite a number of years have gone by and what the world has done most of all is talk,” he stated.

The climate change workshop was meant to set the stage for the implementation of strategies to address climate change in tourism destinations and in countries across the region.

Pascal told the gathering that wealthy nations have not kept to their pledge of assistance to poorer countries over the years.

He pointed out that at the 1992 climate change convention, held in Rio de Janeiro, rich countries had pledged that they would give 0.7 percent of their GDP to the poorer countries such as Dominica.

“The years have gone by and we are not seeing that,” Pascal said.

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4 Comments

  1. Sout Man
    February 10, 2011

    There’s a lot that we can do in harnessing alternative sources of energy. We can accelerate development of our geothermal energy along with our solar and wind energy potential.In the long run we will save on our energy bills. That will also enhance our position as an eco-tourism destination. Our Environmental Unit is in good hands with leaders like Comrade Lloyd Pascal.

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  2. Super
    February 10, 2011

    The global climate is not concerned about where the emissions come from and the biggest contributors to the problem are not those which will be most significantly affected. There are different components in the struggle against climate change. It is true that Dominica should not focus on measures to mitigate or reduce our output of green house gases. However, we are quite vulnerable to the effects of this phenomenon and consequently like all other small island states we have to focus on adaptive measures so that we will be able to deal effectively with the changes that will come.

  3. The truth
    February 10, 2011

    Dominica should not even be on the UN list on climate change because America is the main problem and they refused to change with the Bush administration. Dominica is an up and coming country who needs a break to develop. third world countries should be entitled to do as they see fit for now. with the exception of india and some african states who are competing with first world countries.

    as for that money, wait still. we should look for our self

  4. aware
    February 10, 2011

    true say… industrial nations havn’t done much over the yrs. The UN had advised industrialized nations to allocate 0.7% of their GDP to help curb the problem i am not too sure about the giving poor countries 0.7% of their GDP.. tsk tsk.. i they pleged to assist the poorer countries to curb the problem giving poorer countries money wont help climate change without a plan.. do u need money to impliment a particular program?

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