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Poet Kendel Hippolyte Urges Caribbean Artists to Join Battle Against Climate Change

Kendel Hippolyte Calls for Action on Climate Change

Award-winning St. Lucian poet Kendel Hippolyte has issued a call for all Caribbean artists to lend their voices and their art to the fight against climate change as well as helping the island states adapt to deal with critical changes that are already occurring. 

“The arts can make us act and we need action in response to the threats, the realities of climate change,” Hippolyte said in a release sent by Panos Caribbean. Hippolyte’s call comes as a part of Panos Caribbean’s #1point5tostayalive campaign for climate justice. The campaign was so named to reinforce the push to have the global community agree to keep temperature increases below 1.5° C above preindustrial levels by the year 2100. 

The conditions that have made the Caribbean archipelago such attractive sites for tourism and lucrative in agriculture also leave them amongst the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. These effects, which many islands are already grappling with, include elevated temperatures, rising sea levels, changing rainfall patterns, as well as more intense droughts and storms. All of these have significant potential impact on agriculture, water supply, and biodiversity.

“These are pretty serious issues. We need to tell the world what we feel and what we want,” Hippolyte said. The poet is urging artists from all genres and disciplines to lend their websites, Facebook pages, concerts and exhibitions to the message. 

The campaign hopes to gain critical mass by the weekend of October 31 - November 1, 2015, which will be a month before the 21st Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which will take place in Paris in December.