Champions for building resilience to climate change
LIONS CLUB OF MONA
OVER THE past century, the Earth has been warming and its average temperature has risen by 1.5¡F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 0.5 to 8.6¡F over the next hundred years. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can translate to large and potentially dangerous shifts in climate and weather. The rising global temperatures have been accompanied by changes in weather and climate. Many places have seen changes in rainfall, resulting in more floods, droughts, or intense rain, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves and severe weather events.
There are many strategies and new innovations which will be required to handle the impact of climate change on human existence and development. Reforestation is one such strategy which has been fully embraced by the club. The importance of our forests and finding ways to decrease deforestation has been at the forefront of climate change mitigation efforts.
PLAYING ITS PART
The Lions Club of Mona, in partnership with the Forestry Department and through the support of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica and forest communities, has been playing its part. In 2003, the Lions Club of Mona embarked on a journey that would see them making
an invaluable contribution to preserving and conserving Jamaica’s natural environment. Since that time, through their projects grants amounting to approximately $35 million, the club has reforestation and maintained 25 hectares in Cinchona, the Yallahs Watershed and 52 hectares in the Blue Mountain Forest
Reserve. Currently, the club is undertaking a three-year project, ‘Supporting Sustainable Forest Management and Climate Change Mitigation through Reforestation and Forest Research in the Blue and John Crow Mountain Forest Reserve’, through which another 35 hectares of forest reserve will go into production.
Club members at the Wallenford Silver Hill Forest Reserve.