“I Love My Country… But I Fear for Our Future”


“I Love My Country… But I Fear for Our Future”

Lutrelle John, a student of the Sir Novelle Richards Academy and a Youth Representative from Antigua and Barbuda, delivered a powerful speech at the recent SIDS Global Children and Youth Action Summit.

As a delegate during the official opening of the 4th International SIDS Conference, Lutrelle passionately shared his vision and that of his peers.

Youth representation is crucial for shaping a sustainable and resilient future for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). As the leaders of tomorrow, young people bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and unwavering passion to the table.

By actively engaging in decision-making processes and advocating for their rights, youth representatives like Lutrelle are ensuring that their voices are heard and their concerns addressed.

The SIDS Global Children and Youth Action Summit and the 4th International SIDS Conference provide essential platforms for youth to contribute to the global conversation on sustainable development.

Through their participation, young delegates are not only learning valuable skills but also forming networks and collaborations that will drive positive change in their communities and beyond.

As we look to the future of SIDS, it is clear that the energy, creativity, and determination of youth will be instrumental in overcoming the challenges posed by climate change, economic instability, and social inequalities. By empowering and supporting young leaders, we can build a brighter, more equitable future for all.

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  1. He represented his generation rather remarkably where the delegates in the plenary were impacted his presentation. The applause was rousing… Young Lutrell John undoubtedly has a bright future.

  2. We need to focus more on these youth rather then the tugs that are a menace to society. Our youth needs to be directed into these positive things. I have spoken to many young people over the past few days to find out if they are following this conference, and sadly and regrettably many don’t even care about the conference. They do not care and don’t want to hold intellectual discussions. When compare to my generation, we always wanted to be seen intellectual and bright. And the so called dummies were laughed at and seen as misfits. This needs to change again. And I believe it all started with the introduction of the hip hop and rap music. The stars of these days are school drop-offs and ghetto gang members.
    But this youngster was very impressive and I wish him a very bright future if he stays the course.

  3. The Duncehall Culture has ruined the creative minds of tomorrow’s potential successors. Drugs, Alcohol, Weapons, and Crime is regrettably the order of the day. Sadly, a $ociety cannot thrive with non progressive elements. A call to immediate action is desperately needed. 🙏 🙏 🙏

  4. It’s so easy to overlook small islands like ours but we are the ones on the front lines. We contribute so little to global warming but we often feel it’s greatest impact. We are the ones who are experiencing the impacts of others continuing to do things with a business as usual approach. Over the past couple of months, we have felt extreme heat like never before and it is predicted that this years hurricane season would be tough with many strong and deadly hurricanes.
    There is an obligation to provide support to countries such as ours. We are at such a disadvantage. Our economies are small and in the event of catastrophic hurricane, our economies can be easily wiped out.
    We have really heard enough talk. COP 26 was plenty talk but countries like Antigua and Barbuda are sitting on the edge of disaster if there is no international response to support countries such as ours.

  5. Less we forget Malcolm X was a cold-blooded thug, Maya Angelou was a former prostitute, Martin Luther King was a womanizer and adulterer, and Adolf Hitler was a devout Catholic and strict vegetarian.

    I can go on, but I will leave with this, it’s not how one’s journey begins but how it ends.

    Let us think hard about this: “Can’t fool the youth(s), can’t force the youth(s)”……the late Franklyn ‘King Frank-I’ Francis.

    Also this: “the ends (purpose/focus) that you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but (BUT), the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity(community/partnership/sharing).”

    Be Safe and Well!


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