Editorial: Climate Change and St. Maarten

POSTED: 05/12/14 2:46 PM

The international scientific community all seem to agree: the world’s atmosphere is warming up and the climate is changing. This past decade has been the warmest since official records began. Cars, planes, factories, etc are pumping out millions of tons of carbon dioxide every day. The Prime Minister was right to speak about it and highlight impact it could have on St. Maarten. So far, however, we have not yet seen any concrete action taken by the government to meaningfully lower the island’s carbon footprint.

What will Climate Change mean for a small Caribbean island and why should we care? It means a lot and we should pay attention, because a warmer climate means higher sea levels, with some estimates as high as 3 meters in the next 100 years or so. Small island states like St. Maarten are particularly vulnerable if this happens.

The island may be small in the great scheme of things, but we do receive a lot of international visitors. Raising the issue of Climate Change along with effective local action can go a long way throughout the world.

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