The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 24, was held late last year in Katowice, Poland. In that meeting, assessments of measures taken by the countries under the Paris Agreement, were conducted. Carlos Fuller, the International & Regional Liaison Officer at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, (5Cs) said that Belize along with other countries must reduce its greenhouse gas emission by fifty percent by the year 2030.
Carlos Fuller – International & Regional Liaison Officer at CCCCC: “The conference of the party is countries that produce these national communications, these infantries of greenhouse gasses present them and then they are analyzed to see if a country is living up to what they said they were going to do and so trends of emissions whether they are going up or going down by country is assessed. We are certainly very concerned from the latest reports that we got that emissions continue to rise, that temperatures are now one degree warmer than they were one hundred and fifty years ago and if we continue on this trend we will certainly exceed the two degree target that we are aiming for by 2100 and as a matter of fact as small island countries we would like to see it be mainted to keep it at 1.5 and we only have 12 years to do it. We only have until the year 2030 to cut our emissions by 50% so all countries in general have to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases by 50% by the year 2030 if we are to reach that 1.5 degree target. If we miss that deadline unfortunately the world is going to be talking about a 2, 3 or 4 degree world which is going to be terrible for countries like Belize. Our barrier reef is going to be quite likely be totally bleached under a 2 degree world. Our loss of biodiversity is going to be tremendous, our fishing is going to be lost, tremendous erosion and sea level rising is going to be occurring so we really have to address that issue if indeed we are going to see a Belize looking similar to what we have right now by the end of the year.”