Climate Messenger Sean Frenette shows how it’s done:
Gave the Climate Message at The Sivananda Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas; one of the many ground-zeros for the coming changes in sea level and storm intensity/frequency. It was sobering to give the message in such a place and especially poignant that after I gave the message a young toddler walked up to the stage and looked directly into my eyes as I sang the next chant. I just kept thinking, “This is for you, my friend.”
While people outside the reach of Corporate Media are generally less likely to embrace the climate-change denialism which remains a mainstream position here in the Land Of The Free, it’s important to disseminate the Climate Message as widely as possible. The simple fact that people in countries all over the world are receiving the same warning — in the context of widely differing styles of music and dance — helps make a planetary movement possible.
As Sean notes, the Bahamas are gonna be getting hit:
Recently, many studies have highlighted the effects and impact of climate change on The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean, which calls for measures to be put in place to counteract the effects.
In March 2012, a CARIBSAVE Partnership study assessed that 15 low-lying states in the Caribbean were particularly vulnerable to climate change and needed to “develop pragmatic response strategies to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience”.
And, The Bahamas, like the other 14 Participating States is experiencing coastal erosion and expect to see changes in average atmospheric temperature, reduced average annual rainfall, increased sea surface temperatures and the potential for an increase in the intensity of tropical storms. Additionally, there is a predicted increase in the intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes.
“All of this is dire news and we must begin to act now to help secure our countries,” Mr. Dorsett said. “As developing countries and small island states, we will be the first and the hardest hit.”
With continued coastal and beach erosion and the rising sea level, the country’s tourism product will be threatened, he said.
“The effects of climate change will be great and have the potential to drastically change the lives we live now. The livelihood of almost every fisherman and farmer will be threatened and thereby food security. The quality of water and its availability is also threatened,” he said.
In The Bahamas these threats are almost replicated on each island and cay, covering over 100,000 square miles.