Leaders urged to give renewable energy priority

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Prime Minister Gaston Browne and other Caribbean leaders are being urged to recognise the importance of renewable energy.

Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General Deodat Maharaj said the move towards green energy is particularly important for Caribbean territories.

“I think policy- makers have to understand quite clearly that we can’t be so externally reliant on oil for our energy. Not only does it cost a lot of money, but the fact is it’s not good for the environment,” the secretary general said.

Maharaj said since the prime export product and foreign exchange earner for Antigua & Barbuda and many of its neighbours is tourism, there is a greater need for them “to be clean, green and serene.”

“What we need in the Caribbean is bold policy initiatives… We have control over the policies that we make and our policymakers and leadership need to look closely and act in a decisive and concerted manner on some of these issues,” he charged.

Meantime, the Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General is warning local politicians that a failure to pay attention to the youth will put the future of the nation in jeopardy.

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