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Chunks of ice from the Arctic
that are the size of Manhattan
in the United States are melting
and the sea level is rising.
Coming are food and water
shortages and extreme heat.
These predictions are not from
a prophet of doom but from Car-
oline Alexander-Lewis, an edu-
cation strategist and consultant,
founder and executive director
of the CLEO Institute, a Miami-
based non-profit organisation
that advances civic engagement
on environmental issues.
Alexander-Lewis, a Trinida-
dian who lives in Miami, works
with scientists on the CLEO Proj-
ect on Climate to bridge the
divide between science and soci-
ety and has been invited to several
related events at the White House
She warned of the coming
major disruptions that climate
change would bring to every area
of life at a climate-change edu-
cation and public engagement
seminar at the T&T Chamber of
Industry and Commerce in
Westmoorings on Monday.
"Climate change disruption
will create a future we can t even
visualise. This is settled science.
You know Venice is sinking?"
Alexander-Lewis asked partici-
pants at the seminar.
Dismissing those who deny
the effects of climate change,
some within the US Congress
itself, she said her ultimate goal
was to get people to understand
what climate change was and
what their roles were.
Alexander-Lewis goes all over
the world doing this.
"Half of Congress pretends it s
not true. But even the Pentagon
is on to climate change," she said.
Alexander-Lewis said even
religious groups such as the Bap-
tists and the Catholics were get-
ting together on climate change.
Catholics all over the world are
taking the St Francis Pledge to
join the Catholic Climate
Covenant, she said.
The earth, she added, is warm-
ing at an unprecedented rate and
greenhouse gases, the primary
cause, are being pumped out at
an accelerating speed.
China, the US and Europe are
the main culprits, with India an
emerging main greenhouse-gas
Giving some climate change
projections for the end of the
century, Alexander-Lewis said
there would come a time when
the temperature would be over
90 degrees for more than six
months at a time.
"There will be a three to five-
foot rise in sea level. The volume
of ice is decreasing in the Arc-
Among birds, 13 per cent
would become extinct and 25 per
cent of mammals and 41 per cent
of amphibians would be no more,
Stating that Miami already
experiences flooding due to sea
level rise, she warned that parts
of Trinidad on the coast were
Alexander-Lewis said scientists
are so worried about the rates at
which these things are happening
they sometimes call her in the
early hours of the morning to
express their concern.
She said people could help if
they "reduce, reuse and recycle"
and a clean energy economy
would help minimise the effects
of greenhouse gases.
Educator gives climate change warning:
Food, water will
Conference facilitator Jeremy Matouk and education strategist and
director of the CLEO Institute, Caroline Alexander-Lewis, chat
about biodegradable plates which were being used at the
discussion on Climate Change Education and Public Engagement at
the T&T Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Columbus Circle,
Westmoorings on Monday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
The Ministry of the People and Social Devel-
opment has given clothing and food supplies to
ten families who recently lost their homes in fires.
The three fires occurred last week in Morvant,
Enterprise, Chaguanas, and on Duncan Street, Port-
In the Duncan Street fire on Friday, six-year-old
Ronase Osbourne was burnt to death in her aunt s
The affected families were invited to the ministry
on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, on Monday,
where they received clothing and registered for
Speaking at the event, Minister of the People and
Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadhar-
singh said, "The ministry has been experiencing
some heartfelt events over the last few weeks and
we are committed as a ministry to do all that we
can to construct policies that will benefit the peo-
The families received clothing as part of the min-
istry s Make a Smile Shine (MASS) campaign.
"The MASS programme is about giving cloth-
ing---donated by designers, businesses and the pub-
lic---to the poor and the challenged."
Ramadharsingh also said the ministry would
incorporate first-aid training in any event it hosted
in the future.
"Every event that we have, we will include a first-
aid programme so people can save lives with their
In an interview during the event, a single mother
of eight described her predicament to the T&T
"I live under the apartment where the six-year-
old girl died. Everything came down to my apart-
ment---water, ceiling, everything."
The woman, who preferred not to say her name,
said Ramadharsingh told them they would receive
emergency accommodation, but she had not received
"Right now I m staying by a friend," she said.
"It is very small because I have eight kids."
Recalling Friday s events, she said, "I was at work
at the time and I got a call. I came home and met
my apartment soaked, everything wet down, my
"I don t have anything right now. Furniture, mat-
tresses, kids clothes were destroyed. Everything
get some relief
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