Jamaica Playing its Part to Combat Climate Change

The Earth’s climate is constantly changing, showing variations in temperature and rainfall patterns.

In recent times the climate has changed significantly, mainly due to the use of fossil fuels and the resultant release of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere.

The drastic changes being experienced have been termed ‘climate change’, and without climate action – deliberate moves to curb contribution to climate change and safeguard ourselves against its effects – the environment, on which all life on Earth depends, will no longer sustain us.

“The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) calls for collective action, and I think it should be understood in that way. Every country that is party to the Convention has a responsibility to emission reduction and that is why irrespective of what others are doing, we have a responsibility to make our contribution,” Principal Director of the Climate Change Division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Una-May Gordon, tells JIS News.

“We take our responsibility seriously; we signed and ratified the Convention and the Paris Agreement, so we have a responsibility not only to ourselves but also to the global community to implement the actions we said we would,” she adds.

The Division manages the Government’s climate change agenda, ensuring that steps are taken to make the country climate resilient. The Division is also responsible for the implementation of the country’s climate change policy framework, which is one of the Government’s responses to climate change. Among the work of the Government in this arena are several mitigative actions.