In 2007, a category 5 storm Hurricane Dean pounded Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Cayman Islands killing 42 people and damaging property worth US $3.8 billion.
In 2010, Hurricane Tomas ripped off houses as it struck hard St. Lucia claiming as many as 14 lives.
In 2013, a low-level trough triggered massive flooding and huge landslides in St. Vincent and the Grenadines killing nine people and causing widespread destruction.
Officials in these Small Island Developing States (SIDP) are convinced that these natural disasters are directly linked to global climate change. These islands regularly attract tourists in droves thanks to their lush greenery, white beaches, thick rainforests, mountains, rich culture, and abounding flora and fauna.
Unfortunately, today these islands are the most vulnerable to climate change. They are literally sinking due to rising sea levels, their tiny populations are under perennial threat of natural disasters, and their economy suffering losses in millions. Despite the fact that the combined emissions of these small islands represent less than 1 per cent of global emissions!
To raise awareness about this issue, UNEP has chosen the theme for World Environment Day 2014 as “Small Islands and Climate Change” with the slogan “Raise your voice not sea level.”
Following are some issues on which we need to raise our voice and spread awareness amongst citizens, government functionaries and decision makers to make earth clean and green:
Dispose waste properly
Use less water, save more
Harness the power of Sun and Wind
Try Green Presenting
What’s your favorite idea of going green this day? Share with us in the comments below.