Expo City, Dubai – At the recent COP28 Fireside Chat, Minister Jobeth Coleby-Davis, representing The Bahamas, distinguished herself through a compelling call for a solution-focused approach to combating climate change. Her participation and remarks at the event were a testament to her dedication and the commitment of The Bahamas to proactive, actionable strategies in the face of global environmental challenges.
During the session, Minister Coleby-Davis highlighted the unique vulnerabilities of island nations like The Bahamas to the impacts of climate change. She emphasized the urgent need for practical, scalable solutions to address rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and other climate-related challenges.
Underscoring the importance of innovative and adaptive strategies, the Minister outlined The Bahamas’ efforts in transitioning to renewable energy sources and investing in sustainable infrastructure. She advocated for a comprehensive approach that combines technological advancement, policy reform, and community engagement to create resilient and sustainable island ecosystems.
Minister Coleby-Davis also emphasized the critical role of international cooperation and knowledge sharing in addressing climate change. She called for collaborative efforts between countries, particularly in supporting small island developing states (SIDS) that are at the forefront of climate impacts.
A key aspect of her message was the empowerment of future generations. The Minister highlighted initiatives to involve youth in environmental stewardship and decision-making processes, ensuring a legacy of sustainability and resilience.
In her closing remarks, Minister Coleby-Davis reaffirmed The Bahamas’ commitment to being a leader in the fight against climate change. She stressed the importance of viewing the climate crisis not only as a challenge but as an opportunity to innovate, adapt, and thrive.