1.5 to Stay Alive Campaign Launched ahead of COP21

Nov 25, 2015

According to the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), St. Lucia is one of 20 nations most vulnerable to climate change.

As a result, CYEN partnered with the Ministry of Sustainable Development in St. Lucia, Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) and the Bank of St. Lucia to launch a regional campaign aimed at raising awareness regarding the dangers of climate change. The campaign is also intended to build support for climate change negotiators in advance of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), to be held in December.

Describing the campaign, Virgine Sealys, President of the St. Lucia arm of CYEN, shared that the campaign’s slogan is 1.5 to stay alive and this was devised in order to convey that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other vulnerable regions cannot accept a climate change deal that will not maintain a temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Campaign development included public consultations across the island, production of videos, songs, art projects and 1.5 to stay alive pins. GEF Small Grants Programme and corporate sponsors were first to receive their pins.

St. Lucia will be represented by a team at the UN negotiations headed by Minister for Sustainable Development the Honourable Senator James Fletcher, who is also the CARICOM Chief Negotiator.

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