The Director of Orchestras at the Saint Lucia School of Music and member of the Saint Lucia National Trust, Liz Ehrman has seen the importance of involving her students in advocacy efforts to get Saint Lucia and other Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) non-signatory countries to sign on to the LAC Declaration on the application of Principle 10. Principle 10 which has its origin in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development seeks to involve citizens in the decision making processes regarding environmental matters.
Ms. Ehrman and her students have produced two jingles; “2, 4, 6, 8, Principle 10” sung by Khaia Smith with narration by Shan Lucien can be seen on YouTube at: http://tinyurl.com/h9rpzu9 as well as on the Information Board section on www.lacp10.org. Funds will be provided to support the promotion of both jingles, thanks to The Access Initiative (TAI), through a project funded by Open Society Foundations entitled “Improving Environmental Safeguards and Good Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean”.
Khaia Smith, Saint Lucia School of Music Student
The second jingle called “Go Ten!” will be publicized in 2017. According to Karetta Crooks Charles, Alternate Elected Representative of the Public (Saint Lucia) and Communications and Advocacy Officer at the Saint Lucia National Trust, “The release is indeed timely as it coincides with the 5th Negotiating Committee Meeting for a Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters, taking place in Chile from November 21 - 25, 2016”. She also welcomed Dominica, the most recent signatory to the Declaration, and hoped that Saint Lucia will sign on before the 6th Negotiations. Mrs. Crooks Charles said, “The negotiations are expected to continue in 2017, allowing more time to negotiate what will hopefully result in a robust agreement that will set minimum standards for access rights in environmental governance in our region.” She also called for the public to follow Ms. Ehrman’s example and come up with creative ways of raising awareness of environmental matters among our citizens especially the children, our future leaders.
Countries willing to be a part of this transformative process can simply contact the Technical Secretariat, ECLAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.