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Voices For Climate Change Project Launched
Jamaican entertainers, including Lloyd Lovindeer, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Boris Gardiner, Pam Hall and many others, have come together for the Voices For Climate Change Project which was launched on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge, UWI. The project is a national public education campaign on climate change being implemented by Panos Caribbean, a regional organization which helps journalists to cover sustainable development issues, and Jamaica’s National Environment Education Committee (NEEC).
UNDP, with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is supporting the project through the Meteorological Service of Jamaica - the Focal Point for preparing Jamaica’s second National report on Climate Change - the Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). UNDP and the Meteorological Service view the Voices for Climate Change project as a key strategy for raising public awareness of the issues. UNDP joins other partners – the Environment Foundation of Jamaica and Christian Aid in supporting this project.
The artistes, who have participated in two training workshops and a field trip on climate change, have produced a strong package of information designed to educate the Jamaican public. The package consists of:
1. - A theme song titled Global Warning, written by Lloyd Lovindeer and arranged by Grub Cooper of the popular group Fab 5.
2. A series of public service announcements written mainly by the artistes themselves
3. A mini album of songs on climate change
4. A music video to accompany the theme song
The public education campaign will educate Jamaicans on the issues and impacts associated with climate change to help with adaptation planning. Climate change impacts include rising sea levels, changes in weather patterns resulting in more frequent droughts and more intense hurricanes; as well as health hazards like increased transmission of vectoral disease such as dengue and malaria. Such impacts seriously threaten development prospects for countries like Jamaica and other small island Caribbean states which are on the global hot spot list for climate change.
The involvement of the artistes is part of a broader national strategy of the ‘Voices for Climate Change’ project which will see other sensitization and awareness initiatives being conducted with various public and private sector interest groups. School Tours and community sensitization will also be a part of the 18 month Project.