The importance of climate change education and awareness is highlighted under Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to which the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) is signatory to. The GORTT, is thus required to carry out its commitments by developing and implementing educational programmes on climate change.
In this regard, The Environmental Policy and Planning Division (EPPD), is currently in the process of conducting public awareness programmes in schools across the country. The purpose of these programmes is to educate students on climate change issues and ongoing initiatives of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Thus far, presentations have been conducted at three (3) secondary schools:
- Holy Name Convent (Port of Spain),
- St. Francois Girls’ College and
- Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College.
Students were from geography and environmental science classes ranging from forms 5-6.
These presentations were conducted by members of the EPPD:
Ms. Jewel Batchasingh (Climate Change Specialist), Ms. Sindy Singh (Research Analyst), Ms. Candace Leung Woo-Gabriel (Research Analyst), Ms. Krysten Harris (Associate Professional) and Ms. Aditi Thanoo (Associate Professional).
School visits are envisioned to be a part of a larger public awareness campaign which is to be continued in 2015.