J-CCCP Engages Jamaican Communities during Climate Change Outreach

Aug 20, 2017

On 18 and 19 August 2017, two climate change awareness events were held in May Pen, Clarendon and Browns Town, St. Ann in Jamaica as a part of UNDP's Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) communication activities.

Conceptualization of the events included sessions, which were intended to address negative behaviours identified during the execution of a knowledge, attitudes and practices survey in targeted communities during 2016.

The J-CCCP team drew heavily on the MC for the events, Mr. Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis, who is a comedian and published author (including poetry on environmental sustainability). Mr. Ellis, who also holds an MSc in Environmental Studies, provided edutainment, sharing tips on environmental management, general knowledge on climate change, and information about the activities being undertaken by J-CCCP in Jamaica. In addition to sharing information, Mr. Ellis engaged the audience through quizzes, and awarded successful respondents J-CCCP branded solar lanterns.The information shared was supplemented by a video reel, which contained locally developed public service announcements on proper waste disposal (from the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica campaign), as well as other videos on climate change and its impact on the region. Brochures on climate change provided by the Climate Change Division were also distributed to the attendees.

Special emphasis was placed on children during the events, with two main activities used to educate children about the impact of climate change. On both days, children engaged in artwork which encouraged environmental preservation, as well as played spelling games which drew on their knowledge of climate change and the environment.

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