Climate change and global warming are challenges that place the future of the Caribbean region in jeopardy. Specific hazards such as warming temperatures and extreme weather events place the Caribbean at higher risk, to the point of coastal communities and entire islands potentially disappearing. Caribbean nations share similar infrastructure, economic and human mobility risks to climate change, while also facing other challenges such as dependence on fossil fuels and tourism.
Legena Henry, PhD, addressed critical issues of climate change adaptation and resilience in the inaugural seminar of a new series hosted by Global Americans and the Caribbean Policy Consortium.
Titled “Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation in the Caribbean: Resilience & Security Lessons & Experiences”, the seminar featured regional experts on the state of energy security. Other panelists were: Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides, Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University; and Andrea Lewis, MSc Senior Project Officer, Office of Institutional Planning and Infrastructural Services, at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.
Dr. Lorraine Sobers, Lecture in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Studies Unit, at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, moderated the panel.