1.5 to Stay Alive



Climate change threatens the very existence of some Caribbean islands. Beyond the impact on tourism, elevated temperatures and sea levels, extreme weather patterns, intense drought, and careless industrial pollution pose grave risks to local residents, farmers and fishermen. At the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) held in Paris this December, Caribbean nations must insist on a legally binding global agreement that includes the special needs of the undeveloped world, as well as access to adequate financing to support climate change related emergencies in our small island states. Although some experts say that major players have surpassed the mark already, our conservative environmental mantra, 1.5 to Stay Alive, is a plea to keep air and sea temperature increases to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius in the region by the year 2100.

In response to the call for artists, writers, and musicians to take up the cause according to the Caribbean campaign for climate justice, I’d like to offer my short story, “Everything for a Time,” which was featured in the American /Caribbean Heritage Magazine, 2015 issue on climate change in the Caribbean as an urgent heads up. Let us insist on a world where sustainable development is nourished by a healthy environment before it’s too late. Through cyber activism you too can play your part. Some hashtags to follow that draw attention to the cause are #ClimateMarch #Call4Climate #POStoParis #EarthToParis.



© Kristine Simelda, 2015

“What happened to the beach?” Laura asked a local fisherman. She and her boyfriend Chad were on holiday from their jobs overseas; the fisherman was pulling in an empty net.

The fisherman shrugged. “Things tight,” he said.

“My family owns a condo nearby. We always swam in this cove when I was small,” said Laura. “The beach was so beautiful back then; it seemed the sand and palm trees went on forever.” …read more