Dominica Youth Sails Towards Sustainable Development

Top Quote P-POD is forging forward with efforts geared towards engaging and supporting our Dominican youth and securing opportunities for them. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 04, 2017 - Environmental advocates are on the front lines of one of humanity's greatest challenges, protecting our planet.

    The People’s Party of Dominica (P-POD) wants the world to know that our small island Dominica, is fighting for a more sustainable future for all. P-POD plans to do this through immediate capacity support and long-term capacity building, research and information sharing, strategic planning facilitation, and connecting partners with various stakeholders.

    Dominica's youth serve as a constant reminder that protecting our shared natural heritage is critically important if we are to secure a brighter future for them. With this in mind, PPOD is working smart to dramatically scale up the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies - two of the most important solutions to the climate crisis. The People’s Party of Dominica (PPOD) is here to ensure that the voices of our youth are heard.

    Through our P-POD Progress Leaders’ networking efforts, partnerships are being built with international organizations across the globe.

    At the United Nations Ocean Conference recently held in New York, our Progress Leaders were able to, through discussions with the Japanese based organisation, open up opportunities for Dominican youth to participate in the 95th ‘Peace Boat’ Voyage. Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world.

    All youth were invited via P-POD’s social media pages, to submit applications for the opportunity to become ‘Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors’. Two applications were received and their profiles and resumes, along with examples of their work, have been submitted for consideration.

    If selected, the applicants (one from Roseau Valley and the other from Salisbury), will embark in Europe and, for 29 days, engage in capacity building exercises, and will share their message with civil society groups, local citizens and government representatives at each port visited. The Voyage will include countries such as Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Iceland and will culminate in New York in October 2017, where they will report on their efforts, to the UN community and the public at large.

    We are very optimistic about the two applicants who are already active within their own communities on issues relating to ocean welfare and/or climate action. This experience will enhance their ability to convey their messages through various means of expression.

    Participants will give testimony of their experiences and the impact of climate change and marine degradation on their communities, as well as highlight the outcomes of The Ocean Conference and make a call for action.

    Join us in wishing the best of luck to the two applicants who are passionate advocates for a safe climate and healthy oceans. They are among over 800 applicants, and we are very proud of them for taking a bold step in teaching others across the globe of their experiences in Dominica.

    This overall experience will be a massive asset to our country and our advancement as a people, as these individuals will return with increased knowledge on the subject matter, and will be expected to impart that knowledge to our general population, thereby reshaping local behaviours and attitudes towards Climate Reality.

    This transformation will enhance the conservation and sustainable use of our marine life, rivers, ocean and sea resources.

    THIS IS THE FUTURE WE WANT; promoting and striving for social responsibility, educating and advancing our people, transferring knowledge, inspiring positive action, promoting the concept of a blue economy and working towards attaining the sustainable development goals.

    Best wishes and let's all get ready to say Bon Voyage to two of our Dominican youth, future Ambassadors of the Global Goals SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 14 (Life Below Water), who are Dominica's environmental leaders of tomorrow.

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