International Dancehall superstar Sean Paul and Olympic sprint legend Usain Bolt have been both named as the Caribbean’s accelerator ambassadors toward climate change.
The two Jamaicans were both hand-picked as ambassadors for the coalition of global organisations, which is organized by the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, and Virgin Atlantic’s founder, Sir Richard Branson.
The ambitious project, which hopes to make the Caribbean the first climate-smart region in the world, is to be funded by a US$8-billion investment plan.
According to the World Bank, the project aims to help the Caribbean islands eliminate their dependency on costly fossil fuels, moving closer towards the goal of using 100% renewable energy sources.
Sean Paul has long been involved with promoting the Caribbean’s response to the dangers of climate change. In 2015 the “Gimmi The Light” deejay addressed the issue at the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris, France.
The deejay spoke on the issue while promoting his collaboration with Natasha Bedingfield, which directly addressed the issue of climate change around the world.
“In a big land mass like the USA, maybe the effect sometimes, we don’t see it as much as we do in an island like Jamaica. But the summers are definitely getting hotter in Jamaica than when I was a kid,” the deejay said.
He added that he wouldn’t like to “leave the earth” knowing that his children and grandchildren would be inheriting a real threat and he didn’t do anything help.