(CMR) On Saturday, 26 March, the Premier and Minister of Sustainability & Climate Resiliency, Hon. G. Wayne Panton joined the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, youth climate ambassadors and their families to plant trees as part of efforts to offset their travel to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021.
CMR was on hand to catch some of the activities:
The Cayman Islands sent a contingency of 12 – including nine Caymanian students – to the international climate summit. Accordingly, a total of 12 trees (including 10 Broadleaf, Cordia sebestena var. caymanensis) were planted at the Blue Iguana Conservation facility at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park to offset the air travel emissions.
Mr. Panton said, though trees are no longer required to build traditional cottages or twist rope, they have renewed importance in national efforts to prevent, mitigate and adapt to climate change.
The Caymanian student delegation was able to attend COP26 because of the generosity of the Cayman Islands Government, Dr. Tasha Ebanks Garcia and the Cayman Islands Government Office UK, the International National Trust Organisation, the Caffarelli Family Foundation, Caribbean Utilities Company, Block.One, Tim Ridley, and the Perera family.