BEEF ISLAND, British Virgin Islands, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 — Scores of people from various organisations in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) joined hands at Long Bay Beach, Beef Island last Saturday to form a human chain spelling “One BVI” in observance of the first anniversary of Hurricane Irma.
Addressing the participants, Minister of Natural Resources and Labour Dr. Kedrick Pickering focused on the impacts of climate change and the need for global action.
“We are to remind ourselves that the world in which we live is now one that is dominated by the effects of the change in the climate around us and it is important for us to continually remember that it is islands like us who are going to suffer the most from the effects of climate change,” he said.
Dr. Pickering said he was pleased to see how much the beach has already recovered since the impact of Hurricane Irma.
He also expressed his gratitude to the organisations who partnered on the initiative and to the persons who came out to be a part of history making, showing the world that we are united as One BVI.
Hurricane Irma struck the BVI as a Category 5 hurricane, causing widespread destruction and killinf four people. The eye of the hurricane travelled over the three major islands in the group: Virgin Gorda, Tortola and Jost Van Dyke and caused extensive damage to property and infrastructure in the British Overseas Territory.