Excerpt from zizonline.com
From factories in industrialized countries pumping billions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere contributing to global warming with the result of more deadly natural disasters such as hurricanes in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to severe droughts because of inadequate rainfall, the climate crisis is taking a mounting toll on lives and livelihoods around the globe. Who should bear the brunt of the responsibility for this? And why are smaller and lesser developed countries crying out for climate justice?
St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Hon. Dr. Joyelle Clarke, strongly believes that the climate crisis is a human rights crisis and that those bigger and richer countries that are the main contributors to the problem should financially help smaller and poorer countries whose contribution to the problem is almost negligible and who suffer from the devastation of deadly disasters because of climate change.
Honourable Clarke is a strong advocate for the Loss and Damage Fund that was established at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP 27) at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, and which was the culmination of decades of pressure from climate-vulnerable developing countries. The fund aims to provide financial assistance to nations most vulnerable and impacted by the effects of climate change. Although the nitty-gritty of the Loss and Damage Fund is still to be worked out, Dr. Clarke says there is a ray of hope.