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Trinidad & Tobago’s Jada-Marie Lum is Overall Winner of Caribbean Climate Change Art Competition

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Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2021. 5:34 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Jada-Marie Lum from Trinidad & Tobago’s is the Overall Winner of Caribbean Climate Change Art Competition commissioned by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).

Lum won the “Speak Up – Help Give the Caribbean a Louder Climate Change Voice Art Competition” with a painting entitled “Our ocean is not for sale.”

The climate change art competition was executed by McNab Design Ltd. as commissioned by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).

Eighty-five participants from 14 Cariforum countries sent in submissions in three different languages, namely English, French, and Spanish.

The submissions were judged based on impact of statement and visual appeal, creative use of material/art medium, originality and clarity of message, and relevance to the Caribbean.

The organizers asked the participants to express how climate change had affected them and what’s their message to the world on Caribbean climate change.

Climate change is affecting the entire world, but the Caribbean is in a geographical position which leaves it more exposed to the ravages of this ever-present threat.

“As a combination of island states and coastal territories, the Caribbean is a region most vulnerable to climate change — especially with our collective reliance on tourism and/or nature-based economies,” said the message to the participants when they were being encouraged to engage in the competition.

“Extreme weather events like hurricanes, droughts, and flash floods are more destructive; livelihoods, including those in fisheries and agriculture, are threatened by unpredictable weather patterns; fragile ecosystems like coral reefs struggle to survive continuous coral bleaching events and disease outbreaks; while shoreline communities are forced out of their homes and ways of life due to sea-level rise.”

Lum won the grand prize of $300.

Other award winners are:

Most Impactful Visual: Jahvis Wood (Jamaica)

“Hold on to life before it withers before our eyes.”

Most Impactful Fine Art: Niyon Waldron (Barbados)

“More droughts, nothing sprouts.”

Most Impactful Call To Action: Daniel Dixon (Jamaica)

“Let us as a Caribbean: rethink, regroup, replant, rebuild, and reuse.”

FINALISTS

Best Narrated Video: Kaia Mis (Belize)

Best in Spanish: Walter Leiva (Belize)

Best in French: Carlos Chan (Belize)

Best in Caribbean Dialect: Charlotte Tom (Trinidad & Tobago)

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Evelyn Assi (Belize)

Joanie Bradley (Belize)

Keanu Magowan (St. Lucia)

Macy-Ann Roe (Belize)

Nathlyn Matthew (Dominica)

Odelia France (Guyana)

Rose Tejada (Dominican Republic)

Mya Aqui (Trinidad & Tobago)

Jaylon Pedro (Trinidad & Tobago)

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