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Oct 8, 2021

Kiefer Mes is Heading to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland

Kiefer Mes is heading to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. You remember Kiefer? Last month, we aired a story about this seventeen-year-old environmental activist from southern Belize who needed help to get to the Sixteenth United Nations Climate Change Conference of Youths at the end of October.  Well, his story caught the attention of the people who could assist.  During today’s closing ceremony for the first phase of the REDD+ Belize project, a cheque for over three thousand dollars was handed over to him by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management.

 

Kenrick Williams

Dr. Kenrick Williams, C.E.O., Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

“The ministry saw this story and we were very encouraged by the work of young people and what he represents to engage in the discussion, to share the voice of Belize on the international stage. We think that takes a lot and so we wanted to support that as a ministry.”

 

Kiefer Mes

Kiefer Mes, Environmental Activist

“I will represent Belize well and I hope I can be able to experience, being it is a first time experience. As you know it will be my first time going outside the country and by doing this I will be able to represent Belize and I would like to thank everyone in here for being here to support me as well. I know I got you guys right here on my back, so I will be right here trying to represent Belize as well as I can.”

 

Orlando Habet

Orlando Habet, Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management

“I believe that young Mister Mes is a shining example of what we really need for our youth in Belize and I hope that our Belizean young people can take this message and also get involved.  I can recall a few months ago I was invited to talk with the University of Belize to speak on the issue of climate change and I asked if there were any groups of young people who were advocates for nature, for climate change and the response was that there wasn’t anything organized. So I hope that this would be a shining example as Mister Mes is to take that message home so that we can get more young people involved.”


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