While meeting the goals set in the Paris Agreement will be no easy task as the world emerges from the chaos left by Covid-19, the pandemic did provide an opportunity for the world to pause its development trajectory, pivot and accelerate in an altogether different direction—a direction focused on accelerating the phasing-out of fossil fuels, rapidly curtailing deforestation and speeding up the switch to renewable energy.
At COP26 in Glasgow, and beyond, we recognise the task before us all is huge, but not insurmountable. And I have no doubt Trinbagonians can weather this storm.
—Author Randi Davis is the UNDP’s Resident Representative for Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao, Aruba and Sint Maarten. She was Director of UNDP’s Global Work on Gender Equality prior to joining UNDP in Trinidad and Tobago.