A climate compliant St. Vincent in 2021: Most families have water collection, water filters, we have moved from high risk areas, planted trees and vetiver grass to prevent erosion and in every village people are ready to help when disasters strike.
St. Vincent is getting prepared for warmer times and more disasters. Damaging hurricanes hit St Vincent, and it is ranked globally as the second most disaster prone country, when compared by area.
During heavy rains, the freshwater systems do not function and water becomes contaminated. Hurricanes and tropical storms will become stronger and more damaging. This will lead to more mudslides and more coastal erosion. More and more land is already being claimed by the sea.
The rise of sea levels and storm surges will mainly affect the towns on St Vincent, since they are all coastal. On the island, 85% of the population lives at less than 5 m above sea level.
Dengue fever will become more widespread due to higher temperatures.
A climate compliant St Vincent in 2021
Simple water filters have been distributed and sold. Many people already have, and are currently, being educated on the ways in which these can be used to get safe water if, or when, the water supply becomes damaged by hurricanes.
Model examples of affordable housing, that are better suited for hurricanes, while also being energy efficient, have been developed and set up. Vocational students on St. Vincent have been trained in building such types of housing.
People have been mobilized to become Climate Compliant.
• taking action against the increasing incidents of dengue fever. For example, one way this can be done is by getting hold of and using the Cuban produced bacteria that kill the larvae of the mosquito spreading the virus. But also, by urging people to avoid having stagnant water, open containers with water, wet shower floors, or other places where the mosquito can breed close to the houses are all ways of reducing dengue fever.
• moving from the places that are most at risk of landslides, coastal erosion, or floods.
The Climate Compliance Conference will study, reseach, and take action for protection against Global Warming and Climate Change.
Through Anchor Theme 3: Climate Compliance Actions for Protection Against Global Warming and Climate Change the conference will be digging deep into the ways in which people can protect themselves against weather-related catastrophes and phenomena, as well as how to protect animals and the biosphere from harmful human activities.
For each Anchor Theme there are hundreds, if not thousands, of questions to dig into. The list for each theme is constantly being changed and amplified by each of the teams going through their six month program of making Richmond Vale Academy and St. Vincent Climate Compliant.
Example of 10 topics the conference will work with:
1. How to protect Richmond Vale Academy, its people, its buildings, and its crops from stronger hurricanes and more abundant and irregular rains.
2. How to protect people during a hurricane.
3. How to secure that the schools, the electricity supply, the water supply and the sewage system can go on operating during and after hurricanes and flooding.
4. How to protect crops and animals from stronger hurricanes and more abundant and irregular rains.
5. Drought - What can cause a drought and how to protect crops and animals.
6. Environmental diseases on the rise- How pollution and lifestyle affects our health, how to raise awareness and how to prevent it.
7. Chemical pollution from industries and human activities in general: How are chemical materials treated? - >From personal behavior to treatment plants, as well as regulations and their enforcement. What can we do to protect ourselves and the environment in general?
8. Pollution and destruction of our freshwater sources - What are the trends, where should we act and how?
9. Ocean acidification around St. Vincent: What is being measured and what is not? What will happen to the tourist industry if the reefs dissapear? What can we do and how to raise awareness?
10. Protection of people, animals and crops against pests.