This month I have had the opportunity to assist with organizing events for World Environment Day on June 5 and World Oceans Day on June 8, 2015. In commemoration of World Environment Day my colleague, Ms. Chrishane Williams and I spent the morning with the Bright Beginnings Educational Center in St. Catherine. We shared in their devotion exercise and made a presentation to the grade six students. I was thoroughly impressed by the level of knowledge on environmental issues and enthusiasm displayed by the students during our presentation. This has led me to the realization that our future is in the right hands. Following our presentation at Bright Beginnings Educational Centre, Ms. Williams and I headed back to Kingston to join Mr. Corbin, Ms. Johnson and Mrs. Wedemier-Graham to continue the day’s celebration at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) Open Day and Launch where UNEP-CEP was invited to participate in the exhibition. We spent the day raising awareness about the organization’s programmes and activities and shared with NEPA in the launch of the Franklin McDonald Book Collection and the opening of the Sharon O’Connor Documentation Centre. It was a delight to spend some time outside of the office, to learn more about my colleagues and to meet and interact with students, members of the general public as well as other organizations. To commemorate World Oceans Day, I assisted in the development and dissemination of fact sheets related to the Wider Caribbean Sea through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
In addition to AMEP and CETA related work, I was also given the opportunity to attend the French Embassy’s Citizen’s Debate on Climate Change. Given my interest in Climate Change I was very intrigued to see the scenarios generated for the Caribbean by Professor Michael Taylor from the Physics Department at the University of the West Indies, and the implications for the Caribbean region following discussions for a global agreement of an increase in global temperatures to 2oC above preindustrial levels. I was also impressed by the spirited debate and engagement of the citizens. It is also really interesting to make the connections with how the position of the Caribbean islands will impact the work of UNEP-CEP.
Overall my internship continues to progress well. I have been learning quite a lot and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to continue to develop my research, communication and writing skills. Most memorably, I am grateful for efforts of the amazing staff and teammates at UNEP-CEP who celebrated my birthday and treated me to a delightful lunch.
I have not experienced any major challenges.
I have truly begun to appreciate the complexities involved in regional cooperation from a programme and project management perspective.