Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s press conference – June 17, 2021. (PMO)

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley wants to see more young Barbadians speaking out on climate issues.

Ms. Mottley again expressed this view on Thursday evening, as she addressed the nation about the freak storm which damaged a number of houses across the island.

She noted that some might see the climate crisis as an “esoteric thing” that Government was always talking about. “It’s not esoteric; this is real, and as a result, we have to continue to be able to change how we build, change how we protect ourselves….

“This climate crisis is not going to make things better. It’s going to make it more difficult until the world resolves to try to halt the damage, and if possible, to turn back the clock.  That’s why I want to see more young Barbadians take up the cause to help us be part of a global movement to protect us on these climate issues because they’re real,” she stressed.

The Prime Minister noted that Barbados, like other small island developing states, was on the frontline of the climate crisis.

She noted that insufficient properties on the island were insured because some persons could not afford to pay for insurance.  

As a result, she continued, Government, in November 2019, started the process of seeing how it could better work with reinsurers overseas to make insurance more affordable for citizens.  

“These are the conversations we’re going to have to have, and we are going to have to work with our insurers to see how best we can have complete coverage where possible,” Ms. Mottley suggested.

sharon.austingill-moore@barbados.gov.bb

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