- The Caribbean contributes less than 1% to global greenhouse gas emissions, but is expected to be among the earliest & hardest-hit by climate change.
- Floods, storm surges, erosion & other coastal hazards, exacerbated by sea-level rise, threaten vital infrastructures, settlements and facilities supporting our livelihood.
- 28 of the 40 millions of Caribbeans live in coastal cities, towns & villages.
- Deteriorating coastal conditions are expected to adversely affect fisheries and the Caribbean's value as a tourism destination.
CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS THE VERY EXISTENCE OF SOME CARIBBEAN ISLANDS.
"Since 2009, more than a hundred Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and many others have been calling for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels to prevent the worst of climate change impacts. The inclusion of a 1.5°C temperature limit in the 2015 Paris Agreement was a major victory for vulnerable countries."