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Nov 17, 2015

COP to Assess Inroads to Addressing Climate Change

The Belize National Climate Change Office today met to finalize and validate its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, something all countries in the world agreed on two years ago. It’s an outline of what each country intends to do to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The validated plan will be presented at the Conference of the Parties meeting in Paris later this year. That’s when an assessment will be done to determine how the world is working to battle climate change. According to the Climate Change Centre’s Regional Liaison Officer Carlos Fuller, this session will be especially important.

 

Carlos Fuller, International & Regional Liaison Officer, CCCCC

“We are going to finalize hopefully a new agreement addressing climate change, covering all aspects, not only reduction of greenhouse gases but adaptation but means of implementation – that is financing, capacity building, technology and transparency. And for small-island developing states we also included another component important for us – a loss and damage mechanism – that is, some communities have already lost irreparably something because of climate change and more will do so in the future. So for example I use what has occurred in Monkey River where when you go there you hear couples tell you I was married out there twenty, thirty years ago and it is now under water. Our graves are now being washed away by the sea. How can you compensate those communities for something that is lost forever, their patrimony, their history, their way of life? And they did not cause the problem. It was caused by other people. So a mechanism must be put in place to adequately compensate them for what they have lost forever.”

 

Carlos Fuller

Reporter

“Is there some sense of urgency where climate change is concerned? I know people don’t generally get too urgent over climate change. But in one year we’ve seen one drought and two floods…”

 

Carlos Fuller

“Indeed. This is the urgency that small-island developing states like Belize are taking to the convention and the meetings. What we are saying is that the world has only warmed by point eight degrees Celsius so far, and it is producing these catastrophic events – severe flooding, lots of rainfall in a short period of time, drought, coral bleaching, sea level rise, erosion, and on the trajectory that we are going on right now, it is likely that we will see warming of some six to eight degrees by the end of the century. Which means total devastation…we are saying we must limit it to at least one point five degrees Celsius, which would be about the ability of our country to cope with climate change. Anything above that is too risky.”

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