Over the past several weeks, Trinidad and Tobago has been feeling the effects of a hot spell which has seen temperatures reaching as high as 34 degrees Celsius on some days.
Given the current extreme temperatures, there has been increased interest in the topic of climate change and one Williamsville farmer has expressed concern about how his livelihood will be affected moving forward.
Reflecting on his yields for the year thus far, one Williamsville farmer – who asked not to be identified – told Cari-Bois that he has not been able to grow as many crops as previous years given there has been less rainfall.
With this, the farmer said he has experienced some financial losses and is concerned about what the future may hold given scientists said such extreme temperatures, and weather events, will only get more frequent.
Apart from farmers, some residents in Williamsville have observed that ponds around the community have dried up in recent weeks.
Given all they are seeing and experiencing, residents are now thinking about the importance of the climate crisis and what can be done to remedy the situation.
The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) defines climate mitigation as efforts to reduce or prevent emission of greenhouse gases.
To play their part, Williamsville residents must make efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
Efforts can also include planting more trees to absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.