Public Education on Climate Change Effects Remains Priority – Minister Pickersgill

first_img Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, says public education on the effects of climate change remains a priority for his Ministry.Speaking at a graduation ceremony for more than 60 young persons who participated in a Climate Change Action Training (CCAT) Programme in St. Thomas, at the Airy Castle Church of God – Ground of Truth, on August 28, Mr. Pickersgill stressed the importance of public education in enlightening persons on the dangers climate change poses for small island developing states, like Jamaica.He cited projections for Caribbean countries to experience more frequent and intense hurricanes, extreme rainfall, and longer periods of drought, resulting from climatic variations.“The price we pay for climate change directly impacts on our environment. In fact, the impacts of climate change are felt in every aspect of our lives and in all sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, tourism, our supplies of ground and surface fresh water, and infrastructure, to name a few,” he outlined.Arguing that climate change is the “most pressing” long-term challenge facing many nations, Mr. Pickersgill said focus in Jamaica is being placed on adaptation with mitigation strategies as a “supporting mechanism.”“Climate proofing (in) all sectors, through policy development, budgetary allocations, and development planning, is therefore no longer an option for us. Jamaica will not be spared the impacts of climate change, and so adaptation is not a choice, it is imperative, given our past experience as well as empirical evidence,” the Minister emphasized.This, he noted, would mean that some results would be long term, “but we have to act now. In other words, while we are adapting, we also should be mitigating against climate change and its impacts.”Mr. Pickersgill also underscored the importance of trees in limiting the effects of climate change, while lamenting the challenges which deforestation poses.Mr. Pickersgill contended that the essence of sustainable development “is the realization that we need to balance the competing goals of economic development and the preservation of the environment.”“However, I reiterate my belief that economic development cannot and must not take place at the expense of our environment and vice versa,” he said.Some 65 young people, ages 14 to 28, from Bath, Airy Castle, and its environs in St. Thomas, graduated as Climate Change Agents after participating in the Climate Change Action Training (CCAT) programme, organized by Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH).The programme entailed some 32 hours of in-class training, and over 20 hours of field research, community consultation, and project implementation between June 1 and August 24. The participants were presented with certificates and special awards.The CCAT is designed to assist in developing a cadre of informed, skilled and dedicated climate change action agents at the community level, to provide immediate and ongoing climate change leadership.Ja REEACH, formerly the Marketing and Agriculture for Jamaican Improved Competitiveness (MAJIC) Project, aims to protect and enhance the welfare of residents and ecosystems of targeted rural communities affected by climate change.It is being jointly implemented by the Government and the United States-based Agricultural Co-operative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Co-operative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Minister stressed the importance of public education on the dangers of climate change He cited projections for Caribbean countries to experience more frequent and intense hurricanes Story Highlights The programme entailed some 32 hours of in-class traininglast_img read more


first_img Related Items:flag day, nationa heritage month, parade Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos Islands, 08 Oct 2014, TCIG Press Release – Commencing simultaneously throughout theTurks & Caicos Islands at 3:00pm.October 13th, 2014Grand Turk:Starting at the Library – Ending at the Parade GroundsSalt Cay:Starting at the Airport – Ending at the Salt ShedSouth Caicos:Starting at the Parade Grounds – Ending at the Parade GroundsNorth Caicos / Middle Caicos:Starting at the corner entry into Kew and ending at the Raymond Gardiner High School in Bottle Creek, North Caicos.Providenciales:The Bight: Starting at the Tourist Board Parking Lot – Ending at the Downtown Ball Park.Five Cays: Starting at Salina by Bugaloos – Ending at the Downtown Ball ParkBlue Hills: Starting at North West Point/Amanyara Corner – Ending at the Downtown Ball ParkEach route will be unique to each island but all of them will pass through the main communities of each settlement. Recommended for you Haitian Flag 213 Years old nowlast_img read more

Spring Valley Kmart expected to close its doors by November

first_img Posted: August 26, 2018 August 26, 2018 Spring Valley Kmart expected to close its doors by November KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Kmart store in Spring Valley is among 46 unprofitable outlets slated to start closeout sales this week, according to an announcement from the Sears Holding Corp.Five stores in California are among the 12 Kmart and 33 Sears stores slated to close by November. This includes the Kmart store at 935 Sweetwater Road in Spring Valley.The other California closures are Kmart stores in Los Angeles, Antioch, and Clovis and a Sears in Santa Cruz. Sears Holding Corp. owns both the Sears and Kmart chains.The 125-year-old retailer has closed hundreds of stores in recent years to improve its bottom line.“We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which is a critical component to our integrated retail transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed,” the company said in a statement.This latest announcement comes just days after Lowe’s announced it is closing all of is Orchard Supply Hardware stores five years after purchasing the chain out of bankruptcy from its previous owner, Sears Holdings Corp.The latest Sears and Kmart liquidation sales are expected to begin Thursday, Aug. 30. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Carbon New Film Shot in San Diego

first_imgCarbon – New Film Shot in San Diego Posted: March 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The feature film Carbon is ready to be released later on March 21st and was filmed in San Diego.Also everyone in the film is from San Diego and the movie was filmed in San Diego in its entirety.Recently San Diego made the list of MovieMaker Magazine of top 20 cities for making films. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom March 12, 2019 Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Tree that some say inspired Dr Seuss The Lorax topples

first_img June 18, 2019 AP, AP Categories: Local San Diego News Tree that some say inspired Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ topples AP, AP, Posted: June 18, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) — A century-old tree with a long trunk and bushy branches that some believe was the inspiration for fictional Truffula trees in Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” has fallen in a coastal San Diego park.Officials are investigating why the wind-swept Monterey cypress toppled in Ellen Browning Scripps Park last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday. “The tree was not dead at the time it fell, and with the exception of some stressing due to termites, was generally in good shape,” said Parks and Recreation spokesman Tim Graham.According to local legend, the tree inspired the “The Lorax” by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, who lived nearby and worked in an office with a sweeping view of the coastline.This June 17, 2019 photo shows a Monterey cypress tree that was toppled in Ellen Browning Scripps Park last week in La Jolla, Calif. According to local legend, the tree inspired the “The Lorax” by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, who lived nearby and worked in an office with a sweeping view of the coastline. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)But there are no facts to back up the lore. His wife, Audrey Geisel, told the La Jolla Village News in 2012 that the idea for Truffula trees in the 1971 environmental fable came from an Africa trip.“He looked up at one of the (local) trees, and said, ‘That’s my tree. They’ve stolen my tree.’ So that’s where that came from,” Audrey Geisel said.Geisel told interviewers over the years that “The Lorax” was inspired by the anger he felt as he watched homes and condominiums being carved into the hillsides below him. He called the book “one of the few things I ever set out to do that was straight propaganda,” according to the Union-Tribune.In it, the title character tries to stop the Once-ler from chopping down Truffula Trees so that their tufts (“much softer than silk”) can be used to manufacture Thneeds, a classically Seussian word for all manner of worthless merchandise.“I speak for the trees,” the Lorax says.Geisel, who died in 1991, would often claim “The Lorax” was his favorite among the 48 books that he wrote, the newspaper said.Officials plan to salvage some of the wood and repurpose it, and a replacement tree will be planted, Graham said. Updated: 6:59 PM FacebookTwitterlast_img read more