Stu­dents of the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic Ad­vo­cate for Prin­ci­ple 10

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Di­rec­tor of Or­ches­tras at the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic and mem­ber of the Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Trust, Liz Ehrman has seen the im­por­tance of in­volv­ing her stu­dents in ad­vo­cacy ef­forts to get Saint Lu­cia and other Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean (LAC) non-sig­na­tory coun­tries to sign on to the LAC Dec­la­ra­tion on the ap­pli­ca­tion of Prin­ci­ple 10. Prin­ci­ple 10, which has its ori­gin in the Rio Dec­la­ra­tion on En­vi­ron­ment and Devel­op­ment, seeks to in­volve cit­i­zens in the de­ci­sion mak­ing pro­cesses re­gard­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal mat­ters.

Ms. Ehrman and her stu­dents have pro­duced two jin­gles; “2, 4, 6, 8, Prin­ci­ple 10” sung by Khaia Smith with nar­ra­tion by Shan Lu­cien can be seen on YouTube as well as on the In­for­ma­tion Board sec­tion on LAC’s web­site. Funds will be pro­vided to sup­port the pro­mo­tion of both jin­gles, thanks to The Ac­cess Ini­tia­tive (TAI), through a project funded by Open So­ci­ety Foun­da­tions en­ti­tled “Im­prov­ing En­vi­ron­men­tal Safe­guards and Good Gov­er­nance in Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean”.

The sec­ond jin­gle called “Go Ten!” will be pub­li­cized in 2017. Ac­cord­ing to Karetta Crooks Charles, Al­ter­nate Elected Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Pub­lic (Saint Lu­cia) and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Ad­vo­cacy Of­fi­cer at the Saint Lu­cia Na­tional Trust, “The re­lease is in­deed timely as it co­in­cides with the 5th Ne­go­ti­at­ing Com­mit­tee Meet­ing for a Re­gional Agree­ment on Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion, Par­tic­i­pa­tion and Jus­tice in En­vi­ron­men­tal Mat­ters, which took place from Novem­ber 21st – 25th”. She also wel­comed Do­minica, the most re­cent sig­na­tory to the Dec­la­ra­tion, and hoped that Saint Lu­cia will sign on be­fore the 6th Ne­go­ti­a­tions. Mrs. Crooks Charles said, “The ne­go­ti­a­tions are ex­pected to con­tinue in 2017, al­low­ing more time to ne­go­ti­ate what will hope­fully re­sult in a ro­bust agree­ment that will set min­i­mum stan­dards for ac­cess rights in en­vi­ron­men­tal gov­er­nance in our re­gion.” She also called for the pub­lic to fol­low Ms. Ehrman’s ex­am­ple and come up with cre­ative ways of rais­ing aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal mat­ters among our cit­i­zens es­pe­cially the chil­dren, our fu­ture lead­ers.

Khaia Smith, stu­dent of the Saint Lu­cian School of Mu­sic, per­formed a spe­cial jin­gle in recog­ni­tion of LAC’s Prin­ci­ple 10.

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