Foreign Minister Darroux calls on world’s ‘major polluters’ to do more to reduce global warming

Dominica continues to call on the major polluters of the world to take more aggressive actions to reduce global warming.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations, Dr. Kenneth Darroux reiterated that call when he addressed the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week.

While Dr. Darroux did not name any specific countries, data on the subject from 2019 show China, the  United States and India, in that order, leading the list of the top ten producers of carbon emissions in the world.

He said according to the World Bank study entitled: “Turn Down the Heat”, the number of severe hurricanes is projected to increase by 40 percent, with double the intensity, as warming rises by 2°C and up to 80 percent in case of a 4°C warming.

“Distinguished delegates, Dominica continues to call on the major polluters to take more aggressive actions to reduce global warming, as our planet will not be able to sustain life as we know it, if they continue to pursue their unsustainable systems of production and consumption unabated,” the minister told the UN meeting.

Citing Dominica’s efforts to become the world’s first climate resilient nation and the country’s commitment to do more than just adapt to the impact of climate change, Darroux urged these major polluters to take up their responsibilities “to support small island developing nations like ours, to achieve these goals.”

He said that  recently, the Government of Dominica approved the Comprehensive National Resilience Development Strategy and the development of Dominica’s Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan (CRRP), which further underscores Government’s commitment towards disaster risk reduction, resilience building at all levels and the development of sound response and recovery mechanisms.

“Dominica looks forward to the renewal of discussions at COP 26 [UN Climate Change Conference 2021] in a few weeks’ time, where commitments made under the Paris agreement can be re-visited and honoured, especially as it pertains to climate financing,” Dr. Darroux noted. “This is a matter of climate justice! ”

Meanwhile, the minister said that Dominica continues to pursue the development of its geothermal resources as this will allow the country to move away from the importation of fossil fuel for the generation of electricity within the next five years, while also reducing the cost of electricity to our people.

“The development of geothermal energy also has the potential to sustain clean mobility and to create a new industrial revolution powered by a cleaner and more affordable energy,” Dr. Darroux stated.

He said that to-date, Dominica’s efforts to develop its geothermal potential have been supported by several partners: the UK, World Bank, SIDS DOCK, Caribbean Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, the European 8 Commission, the Government of New Zealand, the Clinton Climate Initiative and the United Arab Emirates.

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14 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    October 1, 2021

    So, here is the thing, Dominica and Darroux are make making news headlines on DNO, and perhaps Dominica; nevertheless I reside in the United in the States; in the State California:
    The United Nations are in a building in New York; all of this hoopla and fanfare about Darroux running off his mouth seems to only echo, and might have value in Dominica; but with all the news media, thousands of them across America; I have yet to see this great labor man face on any television station in the nation.

    What people don’t know or understand is that by the time the small insignificant people from place like Dominica time comes to speak, the audience are insignificant nations of the African continent; Latin America, and the Caribbean; which voices have no effect on international affair.

    Apart from China the worlds largest polluter; the larger polluters are doing something to curtail global warming; only that Roosevelt and Darroux are not informed; he doe’s not know how can he asks to do…

    • MI17
      October 2, 2021

      That lot from DA, those so called leaders always avoid journalists because they don’t want to face embarrassing questions. Only Kairi FM they talk to.

      • Ibo France
        October 4, 2021

        They are like bats. They like darkness for they can’t stand light. The Skerrit’s administration is shrouded in impenetrable darkness. This regime is completely surrounded by thickest, blackest fog.

  2. jungle
    October 1, 2021

    A classic case of DLP posturing with no back-up credentials. The sad thing is that this vocal effusion of CO2 and water vapour was even printed, though admittedly it does have some entertainment value.. The major polluters of the world must be cringing in fear of Dr. Darroux!

  3. Blue River
    October 1, 2021

    Empty words, propaganda and the diversion from the real issues that face our nation, that’s what you get from these clowns. But Dominicans keep sitting on their hands.

  4. It's my damn business
    September 30, 2021

    Darroux should call on the world superpowers to send investigators to Dominica to tell us
    1. What Roosevelt Skerrit did with our $4.5 billion dollars
    2. Who was behind the abduction and kidnap of Mehul Choksi and brought him to Dominica
    3. What is on the MOU Skerrit signed with China that he doesn’t want anyone of us to know about

  5. Your backyard
    September 30, 2021

    Haha haha…what do you know about global warming? And who is gonna listen to you? Let’s do our part here at home, in our own backyard before pretending to have some clout. Let’s address the issue of Mountain Top Removal first on the Island, then some other polluters may consider your cry. Smog and suspended dust particles which are expelled into the air during these tearing down of our mountains to make aggregate stones are as hazardous and dangerous to the environment and people. In addition, the thousands of broken down vehicles which are strewn across Dominica are also polluting our environment and creating breeding ground for mosquitoes, snakes, and all other forms of uncleanliness. So clean up your backyard before telling people thousands of miles away from you, to stop the pollution. They won’t give you any attention. Choops… I recommend that you read the book entitled: “Not in My Backyard” you’ll be happy you did.

    • Toto
      October 1, 2021

      Very good partner but I do not agree that snakes are unclean. They only eat fresh food and keep away the rats, including the human variety.

    • Ibo France
      October 1, 2021

      This comment is so succinct, instructive and replete with veracity, I just want to commend the commenter. Truth is unpalatable especially to LIARS but we must continue to speak truth to power always.

  6. %
    September 30, 2021

    YOUR HYPOCRITE!!!
    Why not first ensure that Dominica is not polluted? Have you seen the state of our rivers? Are you oblivious to the fact that an asphalt plant in Layou was a huge contaminant to this waterway? Are you not seeing the dirty and fetid way your own people are polluting Dominica? If your own myopic definition of pollution is smoke, have you stopped smoking cigarrettes? You have polluted Dominica too, myopic Darroux. Who listens to you or your corrupt government. LIARS!!!
    Get the hell off my computer screen
    Your “DARN” HYPOCRITE.
    Dominica will be last climate resilient country in the world, with people like you all!!!
    A pack of LIES at the UN!!
    LIARS!!!

  7. Luca Spark
    September 30, 2021

    Check out the overflowing solid waste site at Fond Cole – it’s an environmental catastrophe. How about looking into how much air and ocean pollution cruise ships generate ? How about asking why Dominica is still using plastic bags ? Or, how about asking why Dominica allows the importation of so many cheap, environmentally unfriendly plastic products from China ? No, wait. How about checking out the asphalt factory on the Layou River ? I have one word to say to you Mr Darroux. ‘Hypocrite’. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

  8. Ibo France
    September 30, 2021

    Ensure that your house is clean before you call on others to clean up their act. Stop reading these prepared scripts from the teleprompter written for you by a paid speechwriter.

    Take a serious look at Dominica and its physical environs. The rivers, dry lands, sea are being assaulted by excavation, erosion, pollution and wanton littering.

    After the passage of Hurricane Maria, your administration promised to plant one million trees. Can we get an update on this ambitious but timely project?

    No matter how hard you try to fool the regional and international community, your lies, propaganda, corruption and immorality will come back to be your Waterloo.

  9. Toto
    September 30, 2021

    You are right, the coward did not mention China, our benefactor and the worlds leading polluter by name, did he because you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Dr. I prefer plan speaking because if we do not identify a cancer we can not even begin to treat it. They say that soft doctors make stinking wounds.

  10. derp
    September 30, 2021

    And what are you doing in Dominica, to limit the pollution huh, the major pollution generators in Dominica are the electricity company and motor vehicles. Why not allow no cost to the consumer to ship down solar panels and also reduce or take out that ridiculous tax on new vehicles which are much much more efficient than what have second hand from Japan

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