Environmentalist, Dr. Reynold Murray has reminded the youths that they are the future of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and challenged them to become a force for positive change in this country.
Delivering an address last Friday November 16, 2018 at a Conference of Youths (COY), held at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) Villa campus, Dr. Murray drew the youths attention to the reality of climate change, specifically, coastal erosion caused by rising sea levels.
In this case, he used the Layou seafront as an example where retaining walls had to be built to keep the sea at bay.
Asking whether they thought the wall at the sea front would solve the problem, Dr. Murray noted that it is a temporary solution because it is static and it is rigid. He noted that the softer environmental stuff like the coral reefs, the mangroves will last because they are natural. The mangroves he said are able to adapt to the situation.
Dr. Murray raised the point that it is not climate change that is really doing the damage to the mangroves but that it is us Human beings.
He also touched on climate change impacts on the fisheries, tourism, and agriculture sectors.
The conference was hosted by the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) St. Vincent and the Grenadines chapter and aimed to share information on energy use and climate change and to hear from youths, their concerns about environmental matters in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.