A day after President Donald Trump announced that America is “getting out” of the Paris climate accord, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) made it clear Friday that the Caribbean is all-in.
Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, weakening efforts to combat global warming and embracing isolationist voices in his White House who argued that the agreement was a threat to the U.S. economy.
The CHTA, however, a federation of 32 private sector-led organizations throughout the Caribbean basin, sent out a statement to travel media Friday reiterating its previous position to join with the nations throughout the Caribbean in supporting the adoption of the Paris climate change agreement.
According to the statement, "The Caribbean is one of the world's most vulnerable regions to the escalating effects of climate change. The socio-economic consequences from rising sea levels and temperatures, increasingly violent storms and severe droughts, oil spills, mismanagement of waste, and coral bleaching are having mounting consequences, and left unchecked threaten the very viability of the region's economies and societies, and the health and welfare of Caribbean people."
The statement went on to point out that countries and businesses throughout the region, particularly tourism-related enterprises, are increasingly adopting policies and practices aimed at preserving, protecting and enhancing the environment. This is important to the Caribbean's own self-interests and also those of the world, with millions of visitors enjoying the incredible natural beauty the region offers, according to the CHTA.
CHTA urges the region's countries, businesses and residents to do their part in supporting sound environmental practices.
According to the statement, "It is important to ensure that the Caribbean remains a safe, secure and viable partner, benefiting its neighbors and major trading partners."
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