Ten Caribbean artists have released a song seeking to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on the region, the Caribbean Community said Tuesday in a statement, as The Latin American Herald Tribune reports.
“1.5 To Stay Alive” features lyrics by poet Kendel Hippolyte and music by Ronald Boo Hinkson, both of St. Lucia.
The song’s release coincides with the UN climate change conference in Paris, where Caribbean nations are pushing for an agreement on measures to ensure that global temperatures do not rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
“Each person gave time, gave talent, gave art, gave heart. For Caribbean civilization – because that’s what we’re fighting to save and pass on,” Hippolyte said.
Banky Banx from Anguilla; BelO from Haiti; E.sy Kennenga from Martinique, Jessy Leonce, Ace Loctar and Shayne Ross from St. Lucia; David Rudder from Trinidad; Aaron Silk from Jamaica; and Taj Weekes and Deridee Williams from St. Lucia came together to record the song.
CARICOM comprises Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.