Saint Lucia Calls for Urgent Climate Change Action

Government officials of St. Lucia Tuesday called climate change the most serious challenge facing mankind today. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Rufus George Bousquet, St. Lucia’s minister for external affairs, international trade and investment, called for an urgent collective response while detailing how his country was working on policies and legislation to develop renewable energy sources, including wind, solar and geothermal sources.

Small island developing states and least developed countries joined together "to demand, appeal and even beg," that the new Copenhagen climate agreement limit temperature increases to the attainable level of 1.5° C.  They explained that anything above that would be "devastating to our existence," stating that Saint Lucia was in "crisis-management mode," and had to be part and parcel of sustainable development efforts.