The travel and tourism industry in Dominica was almost wiped out after the hurricane hit last year. Now former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, has visited the small island-nation of Dominica today, reasserting commitment from the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative to assist Dominica in their mission to become the world’s first climate resilient nation.
The country needed some good PR after the recent hurricane destroyed most of the nation and the travel and tourism industry is suffering tremendously, Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, welcomed President Clinton this morning to the island, and together they gave a joint press conference, declaring their ongoing plans to lead the way in sustainable nation-building.
President Clinton believes that Dominica’s approach to climate change has the potential to lead the world to a whole new way of producing clean power, reducing the threat of climate change and improving the
The President praised the countries’ heroism and the people’s ability to not only “overcome the impact of the natural disasters […] but even more, to take advantage of this moment to position this country to handle the next disasters and to respond in a way that will improve both your chances of surviving the climate change that is ruling the world and prospering from it.”
The President then went on to comment on the strength of leadership and vision provided by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit:
“Can we find a different way to develop and generate power that gives you a chance to raise your children and your grandchildren in this place safely and more prosperously? The answer is yes.
“I’m just very grateful that your Prime Minister, almost more than any other leader around, gets it.”
In relation to acting more sustainability and following through with the vision for a climate resilient Dominica, the President conveyed a particular message to the young members of the audience at the press conference:
“You’ve got a chance here, beginning in Dominica… that the Caribbean can be more prospering by building resilient homes and structures than by ignoring [climate change]. More prosperous, more plentiful green power… You can change the whole preconception.”
Among President Clinton’s commitments via the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative includes assisting Dominica in the Government’s integrated resource plan for the energy sector.
President Clinton also stressed the amount of work still needed to return Dominica to it’s former glory:
“It’s easy for people to move in when there’s a disaster and everybody’s torn up and upset, and you forget that 90% of the work has to be done after the debris has cleared after the tragedy has passed.”
The Dominican Government continues to encourage donations to DominicaRelief.org.