CaribWorldNews, RODNEY VILLAGE, St. Lucia, Weds. Dec. 9, 2009: A popular Caribbean academic wants the Caribbean media to demand answers from their heads of government on the Copenhagen Climate Summit.
Dr. Noel Brown, President of Friends of the United Nations, in an address to delegates of the 18th Caribbean Media Exchange in St. Lucia, urged journalists in the region to `demand to know the results of what happened in Copenhagen` once the leaders return from the summit.
His comments come as the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) opened at the Bella Center in Copenhagen on Dec. 7th. It will conclude on Dec. 18th with over 100 heads of state and government officials and 15,000 participants expecting to wrap up agreement on an ambitious new climate change deal.
In a lunch time address at the Bay Gardens hotel in Rodney Village, Brown insisted that it cannot be business and usual and there must be `accountability` from leaders on the ongoing dialogue around climate change.
Climate change is happening rapidly, said Brown and given the fact that the climate of the Caribbean is one of its natural tourism assets then the media and CMEx needs to play a role in demanding answers to ensure results.
Brown urged the media to do more to educate the regional population across the Caribbean on preserving the environment by pushing the measurement of individual carbon footprints and the preservation of the natural resources of individual islands.
CMEx was founded in October 2001 and is produced by Counterpart International and Counterpart Caribbean. The 18th CMEX was held from Dec. 3-6th at Coco Palm Conference Centre in St. Lucia.
The meeting was supported by the Sandals Resorts, American Airlines, Anse Chastanet St Lucia, Calabash Cove, Palm Haven Hotel, La Concha, Carnival Party, Cruises, The Caribbean Catastrophe Rish Insurance Fund, the Barbara Pyle Foundation, Bay Gardens Resorts, Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust, CaribWorldNews, Coco Palm, Community Benefit Development, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, Marketplace Excellence, Ruder Finn, Sensible Development Corporation and the SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation.