By BBN Staff: The U.S. government, under President Donald Trump’s administration, has cut aid and funding for many initiatives started by the previous Obama-administration, including funding from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5Cs), a small research center based here in Belize.
According to an article published in the New Yorker, during Barack Obama’s final year in office, his administration had signed a US $25 million partnership with the 5Cs with a goal of studying climate change in the Caribbean and developing strategies to minimize the impact. Trump’s administration, however, is expected to pull funding for the project in 2019. Trump has been adamant that climate change is a hoax started by China to affect American sales of fossil fuels. His administration also withdrew from the Paris agreement, signed a few years ago to reduce global carbon emissions.
Now, a number of the 5Cs initiatives, including a pilot project on 10 islands, has been halted until the center can find funding from other sources. According to the New Yorker, the center is hopeful it may receive funding from countries like Italy, Australia and others. The Caribbean, as has been documented, produce around one-fifth of the world’s carbon emissions but are the most affected by the effects of climate change.
The New Yorker article also noted that America may soon start feeling the direct effects of climate change in other ways, including immigrants who often flee their native countries after the devastating effects of strong hurricanes and storms.