The Guyana Government and Opposition have pledged the country’s full support to fight climate change, noting that Guyana itself has not been spared from the impacts associated with Climate Change.
Speaking at the 144th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly’s General Debate on the Climate Change in Indonesia, Attorney General Anil Nandlall said it is time to take action and fight climate change. Failure by countries to move with haste, Mr. Nandlall said will lead to a global disaster.
Locally, the AG said Guyana will continue to take steps and put measures in place to reduce the effects of climate change.
“Our government and our Parliament will continue to aggressively enact laws and regulations, promulgate and implement policies on climate change and promote low carbon development in every area of national life. The time for talk is over. The time for action is now. It is but a question of survival. Act now or continue on the road to definite perdition,” Mr. Nandlall said during his address.
The Attorney General said Guyana, which is part of the Guiana shield will continue the efforts it has started to address climate change.
“We will decouple economic growth and emissions through a progressively cleaner energy mix with the aim of reducing our carbon emissions by 70% by the year 2030. We will invest in low carbon opportunities for jobs, ecosystem services, and social inclusion through an expanded Low Carbon Development Strategy,”
Opposition Chief Whip Christopher Jones who is also attending the international forum as part of a parliamentary team said Guyana is fully committed to ensuring it plays its role in the reduction of global temperatures to below 1.5 degrees Celsius having signed the Paris Accord.
He also remarked that Guyana is also prone to Climate Change effects.
“Guyana’s coastal plain is flat and below sea level, making it prone to sea defense breaches, flooding, and intrusion of saltwater into residential and agricultural communities. The sea defense protecting our coastline is fragile and requires repairs in many areas,” Jones said.
In closing, the Opposition MP said Guyana remains committed to playing a meaningful role in the mitigation of climate change.