The Future Centre Trust is a charitable Non Governmental Organisation which focuses on the environment of Barbados and its resources and methods by which the community can take a greater role in conserving and preserving these resources for now and future generations.
The Vision of the organisation states: The FCT is to be “a catalyst for sustainable living today and tomorrow”.
The Mission of the FCT is: “To stimulate awareness and encourage responsible management of the vital relationship between people and their environment leading to a sustainable future for all”.
The overarching Goal of the organisation is: to raise awareness of the need for sustainable ways of living while providing suggestions and solutions as to how to achieve this charge.
This goal is four pronged;
- Think – to inspire people to share good ideas and ways of living so as to allow creative community thought to be a part of our daily contribution to society;
- Teach – to educate youth and all members of the community on the importance and ways of living more sustainable lives;
- Reconnect – assist the community to reconnect to the natural resources of the country and the planet and encourage respect;
- Act – to encourage community members to become social advocates for matters that they care about in their community and teach everyone that they can make a difference by “being the change you want to see in the world” – Ghandi.
Our Strategic plan is a dynamic document and although was completed at the end of 2009, is already looking forward to an update on the programme areas and our achievements in these past two years. We look forward to providing you with the updated plan in the coming months.
More and more climate change is the word which needs to be of focus, which includes more on adaptation, than on mitigation. This is hotly debated, however it is recognised that the region will need to learn more about adaptation methods to a changing climate and quickly, as we only produce a small percentage of the worlds’ greenhouse gases.
That is of course not to say that we should not try to reduce our use of fossil fuels and be more vigilant with our energy use and water use, etc, we should, however these measures regionally are more from a view of reducing the country’s dependency on global fuel markets, redicing importation because of required GDP spend, and improving the health of local citizens than making any large collective impact on reducing global GHG emissions.
Issues that affect the rest of the planet affect Barbados, and in some cases even moreso. Small Island Developing States, of which Barbados is one, require a focus on adaptation to ensure the survival of the regions inhabitants. As can be seen in the islands of the Pacific, great changes MUST take place and changes that are far reaching. Everything from the dependence on world oil markets which affects food supply, electricity supply, and in turn our water supply to how far away from the shoreline should we allow development due to Sea Level Rise.
The world is a changing marketplace and we hope to assist in some of this adaptation through our programmes and education raising within the community.