On the occasion of Earth Day 2021, and just over six months prior to the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, COP26), the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development is launching Climate Change In Saint Lucia: Let’s Make It Our D.R.A.M.A., a stimulating 4-minute animated video designed to raise public awareness about climate change, particularly among youth, and accelerate climate action across the country.
The video, created by local artist Ted Sandiford of Acid Kreationz, in collaboration with DSD and UNICEF, features musician Ezra D’ Funmachine Augustin and radio host Francheska “Franny” Solomon as narrators. It is built around the acronym D.R.A.M.A., which is used as a mechanism that helps viewers memorize 5 key actions (Discuss, Read, Act, Mitigate and Adapt) to tackle climate change.
“The Department of Sustainable Development, as the Climate Change Focal Point, wished to translate the commitment of the Government of Saint Lucia to fight climate change, in concrete and easy-to-remember terms”, said Permanent Secretary, Ms. Anita Montoute.
“Tools such as the Let’s Make It Our D.R.A.M.A. video, are key to inform and educate the public, holding each one of us accountable to contributing to building our nation’s resilience”, she added.
The animated video is intended to be used in schools, summer camps, among youth groups and otherwise, to introduce students to, and help galvanize action on, climate change, while sharing information on the Government’s plans such as the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP).
“Saint Lucia is the first country to produce such a youth-friendly video to present its new NDC. The NDC itself is sending a strong message to the world by encouraging young people’s involvement in decision-making processes related to climate change, the defining challenge of our age”, said Dr. Aloys Kamuragiye, UNICEF Representative for the Eastern Caribbean Area.
“UNICEF is committed to supporting vulnerable populations across the Caribbean in dealing with intensifying and multiplying shocks, from the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, to the present volcanic eruption in Saint Vincent”, he added.