James Ellsmoor, Founder & Director - Island Innovation
Dr. Kevon Rhiney, Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Sometimes it’s the little things. Creatures (birds and insects, for example) that used to be common in lowlands are now moving higher up, where it is cooler and there is more food. Plants that used to grow in city gardens thirty years ago struggle now, because of the heat. This discussion will focus on how climate change is impacting Jamaicans’ lives at the local level. Some questions might include: How do rural and city dwellers adapt? How do farmers plan their crops, planting and harvesting, when the seasons are uncertain and weather patterns extreme? How do urban dwellers manage in a small concrete apartment or townhouse in midsummer? How does climate change impact me, on a personal level, and what can I do to adjust my lifestyle, in terms of work life, home life, family life, and consumption? What can I do to help heal and repair the environment in which I live? The discussion will focus firstly on how climate change is likely to continue affecting us in different ways, and secondly on solutions and actions that can be taken – a “to do” list for living in a more climate friendly manner while adapting to current conditions.