"Our Cli­mate, Our Voice, Our Change"


Jamaica Gleaner - - YL -

Young peo­ple from across the Caribbean and Ja­pan en­gaged in two in­tense days of dia­logue and ac­tiv­i­ties ded­i­cated to com­bat cli­mate change at the third stag­ing of the Youth Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence October bo-zz, 2017 at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre. The event with a theme con­cep­tu­al­ized by the youth, "Our Cli­mate, Our Voice, Our Change - Ad­vanc­ing Part­ner­ships for Global Im­pact" saw over 600 par­tic­i­pants from over 6o high schools and youth or­ga­ni­za­tions from Ja­maica, Belize, Do­minica, Gre­nada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines, Suri­name and Ja­pan re­gion pro­pose so­lu­tions to com­bat cli­mate change. The con­fer­ence opened with a Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties with the nine youth del­e­ga­tions pre­sent­ing coun­try re­ports and rec­om­mend­ing youth-led ac­tions to cli­mate change. The rec­om­men­da­tions which have been col­lated into a youth state­ment, ranged from re­search, ca­pac­ity build­ing, youth ac­tivism to pol­icy and le­gal/reg­u­la­tory frame­work needs. Other ac­tiv­i­ties at the con­fer­ence in­cluded com­mu­nity and pol­icy level ad­vo­cacy train­ings led by Em­prezz Golding and the Talk Up Yout team, and other fa­cil­i­ta­tors, Leon Samms from PRO­PEL project and Wayne My­ers from the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI). Sixty at­ten­dees ben­e­fited from the dy­namic ses­sions. The visual and per­form­ing arts com­pe­ti­tions pro­vided mul­ti­ple plat­forms for cre­ative ex­pres­sions on cli­mate change through video, poster, song, po­etry, drama, dance and the highly an­tic­i­pated Trashic trash to fash­ion com­pe­ti­tion. St. Lucia and Ja­pan were the in­ter­na­tional win­ners, with the former fin­ish­ing sec­ond and third in the po­etry com­pe­ti­tion and Ja­pan fin­ish­ing third in the poster com­pe­ti­tion. Com­pe­ti­tion en­trants, Ken­loy Smith, UWI, Mona and Jarda Nel­son from Ar­denne High School were out­stand­ing re­ceiv­ing mul­ti­ple awards for lit­er­ary, per­form­ing and visual arts. May Day High School copped the cov­eted cham­pion school award for top par­tic­i­pa­tion across sev­eral com­pe­ti­tions.

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