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Nova Scotia Youth Corps expands into Barbados

Nova Scotia Youth Corps expands into Barbados, helping more youth get green jobs

The Nova Scotia Youth Corps program – which has helped thousands of youth in Nova Scotia gain skills and work experience in the environmental field – has expanded to Barbados, to help youth in the Caribbean gain green skills as well.

Created in 1989 by Nova Scotia’s Dept. of Environment and managed by the non-profit organization Clean Foundation, the Youth Corps provides people aged 15-30 with opportunities in the green sector while helping communities improve their local environment. The Youth Corps is now moving beyond provincial borders to the Caribbean.

Clean is sharing the Youth Corps model with the Future Centre Trust (Future), a respected Barbados organization. They will run Barbados’ first Youth Corps program, with the goal of growing it to become the largest environmentally focused paid internship program in Barbados. This is a Nova Scotian export success story.

The Nova Scotia Youth Corps has been offering youth employment geared towards building a strong, knowledgeable workforce for the green economy for over 25 years. The Youth Corps is here to inspire, develop and nurture an interest in jobs that support a future-looking economy and a clean and sustainable environment. Future will run the Barbados Youth Corps over the summer of 2016 with Clean’s assistance and mentorship. The hope is that the FCT will build it and run it on their own in future years.

Clean has signed Memorandums of Agreement with both Future and the Barbados Renewable Energy Association to support this project. All three organizations are supporting the program in Barbados, which is also made possible by a generous donation from CIBC First Caribbean Bank.



Clean and Future Centre Trust (Future) are working together to develop an environmental ethic in the leaders of tomorrow, while building their skills and exposure to the sustainable economy. Through the internship they are also strengthening the capacity of local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Barbados. We hope to establish a strong foundation through the Barbados Youth Corps program that will set the stage for similar program offerings across the Caribbean.


  1. Provide youth in Barbados with meaningful paid summer employment opportunities in the environmental field while gaining lifelong skills;
  2. Positively benefit the environment in Barbados;
  3. Expand programming at Future by partnering with Clean to pilot a new Youth Corps program;
  4. Develop and strengthen the network of local environmental projects in Barbados.


BYC interns 2016

The 2016 pilot program in Barbados  began on June 29th and will run for 8 weeks, and employing 3 post-secondary students during the summer.  They are (from left) Adiel Batson (Renewable Energy Program Intern), (Cherice Gibson FCT Executive Director stand next to him), Daneisha Brathwaite (Clean Up Barabdos Project Assistant) and Nathan Brewster (Sustainability Education Toolkit Project Assistant);.  The interns will participate in: professional development training sessions, regular assessments, mentorship program, connecting with NS’s Youth Corps students, and showcase events for community and sponsors as the conclusion of the projects.


Project Start-up: 2016

This initiative presents a prime opportunity to build the capacity of Future and the Barbados Renewable Energy Association, and strengthen the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) sector in Barbados. Clean will provide experience and help develop the local organizations’ capacity in project management, funding and finance, program design, and program delivery.


In 2017 and beyond, the local NGO partners in Barbados will be in a position to design, seek funding support for, and deliver the program with minimal coaching and mentoring from the Clean Foundation. As a result, Clean will be well positioned to work with multi-country private sector partners and the International Financial Institutions to expand the initiative to other Caribbean islands, benefitting more youth in more countries.


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“I Pledge” Eco Art Competition Winners Announced!!

We are extremely pleased with the resounding response to our Scotiabank Barbados Sponsored 2016 “I Pledge” Eco Art Competition.  This 4th year of the competition has been the best one yet with 153 entries being received!

The pledges which accompanied the entries were very impressive.  Every child who participated must be congratulated. After the judging process was completed by the 3 judges listed below, the winners were selected and awarded with prizes at our award ceremony held Friday 17th June at Scotiabank Broad Street.

  • Ms Reneaka Morris Future Centre Trust Project Assistant
  • Ms Sherri Cumberbatch, Marketing Officer of Scotiabank Barbados
  • Head Judge Mrs Mitchelle Maxwell Deputy Principal of The Springer Memorial School, Educator with 25 years teaching Visual Arts


6-8 Age Category

I Pledge Eco Art Competition 2016 Winners 6-8 Age category

From left to right Cherice Gibson; FCT Executive Director, Ebony Jones (1st place), Matthew Lashley (2nd place), Chereece Walcott (3rd place) and Addison Batstone (Special Mention)

1st Place – Ebony Jones

I pledge to conserve water by turning off taps and using a cup to rinse when brushing my teeth. We should save water because people in some parishes and other countries do not have water and this is very hard for them. You really never miss water until it’s gone.

Prize includes:

  • $150 in Art Supplies including
  • $120 cash prize
  • Environmental Steward Award – One hand crafted, blown glass pendant

2nd Place – Matthew Lashley

I pledge to recycle and reuse garbage to keep the environment clean and the animals safe because the garbage can kill animals. We should recycle to make Barbados a better and beautiful place than it is now.

Prize includes:

  • $100 in Art Supplies
  • $70 cash prize
  • Environmental Steward Award

3rd Place – Chereece Walcott

We water use everyday for drinking, washing, feeding plants and animals and many more other daily chores. Yet we waste a lot of water. We can save water by collecting rainwater for yard and garden use, fixing leaky pipes and reusing wash water. Remember, the water you waste today will not be here tomorrow.

Prize includes

  • $70 in Art Supplies
  • A $50 cash prize
  • Environmental Steward Award

Special Mention – Addison Batstone

I promise to pick up any piece of garbage and I promise to never litter. I will keep the environment clean and safe for animals and people. I will be the example for older and younger children and I promise to keep the island clean.

Prize includes Art Kit

9-11 Age Category

I Pledge Eco Art Competition 2016 Winners 9-11 Age category

From left to right Cherice Gibson; FCT Executive Director, Milan Walrond (1st place), Kyzara Smith (2nd place), Jada Carrington (3rd place), Daniella Clarke (Special Mention)
and  Mr Steven Smith; Branch Manager Scotiabank Borad Street

1st Place – Milan Walrond

I pledge to keep our environment clean and prevent pollution on the earth. I will make signs to tell people not to litter. Littering damages the coral reef and the animals that live there. One person can make a big difference. Let’s keep Barbados beautiful and clean.

Prize includes:

  • $150 in Art Supplies
  • $120 cash prize
  • Environmental Steward Award

2nd Place – Kyzara Smith

I promise to encourage people everywhere to plant more trees because teacher says many trees are being cut down to build houses. Trees don’t only beautify our surroundings, but they give us oxygen, food, shade and many other things. I can’t imagine a world without trees to sit under for shade and listen to the birds in their home. Lend a hand, plant a tree.

Prize includes:

  • $100 in Art Supplies
  • $70 cash prize
  • Environmental Steward Award

3rd Place – Jada Carrington

I promise to help reduce pollution in Barbados. A clean environment is very important if we are to be healthy. I will encourage Bajans to use bins and to clean up after picnics at the beach.

Prize includes

  • $70 in Art Supplies
  • A $50 cash prize
  • Environmental Steward Award

Special Mention – Daniella Clarke

I pledge to make Barbados greener and cleaner. How will I do it? You ask! Well, first I am going to call you because I am in, are you? Conserving water, cleaning beaches, recycling and composting are ways we can change Barbados.

Prize includes Art Kit

Note: All Competition Winners also received one copy of Bri and Luk: Friends in Times of Changing Climates & One reusable shopping bag compliments Future Centre Trust



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I Pledge! Eco Art Competition 2016 Launched !

The Future Centre Trust is pleased to partner with Scotibank Barbados once again to launch our Eco Art Competition which is open to children ages 6-8 and 9-11 years old!

In keeping with the 50th year of Independence Celebrations we have focused this year on having children create artwork which depicts their environmental pledges.

 Tell your friends and loved ones to have their little ones enter!

Deadline for entries is June 6th 2016.

Download the Competition Rules and Guidelines & Registration Form by clicking here

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Earth Day 2016 – Trees our Living Treasures

By Ricardo Greenidge (Future Centre Trust Volunteer)

This year Earth Day will be observed on Friday 22nd, 2016 under the theme ‘Trees for the Earth’. As this date rapidly approaches, we take the time out to reflect on the significance of this global movement and the vital importance of these living treasures, trees.

Earth Day is a movement which began in 1970 to give rise to consciousness about environmental issues and to empower persons to channel their energies towards improving such. The key here is example. Earth Day is more than a single day; it is aimed at challenging persons to action, to set a fine example in even the minutest way to bring about a positive effect on our environment. Our actions matter! Realisation of this should cause us to action. To this end, the initiative spurred on by Earth Day has ambitious, yet highly realistic, hopes of creating a global society where there are 7.8 billion trees on the earth and cities are 100% renewable.

This worthy goal is one which numerous countries around the world are embracing and advancing by means of recycling projects, clean-up activities and planting fruit and shade trees in various communities.

Here in Barbados a similar approach is being undertaken by The Future Centre Trust (FCT). For many years The FCT has spearheaded several projects aimed at improving Barbados’ environment including island wide clean-ups, environmental education programmes within schools and initiatives aimed at increasing green practices in Barbadian businesses. Of special note at this time is the role this organisation has played en route to the realisation of Earth Day’s goal through its ‘The Future Trees’ programme.

The goal of The Future Trees programme is to help reduce the impact of climate change and to beautify Barbados, by encouraging Barbadians and visitors to leave a gift to future generations by planting a tree. To date this programme has planted well over 3000 tress across the island. Included in this number are shade trees as well fruit producing trees such as the Ma’afala breadfruit variety. This variety of breadfruit is a high yielding one that reaches maturity quickly and can produce fruit in 2-3 years instead of the 7 years typical of our local variety. These trees are shorter in height making it easier to pick the fruit. These will be beneficial to the local communities.

Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. They keep our air supply clean, reduce noise pollution, improve water quality, help prevent erosion, provide food and building materials, create shade, and help make our landscapes look beautiful. Overall, trees help to sustain life on this planet and enhance the quality of human life.

You are encouraged to become a part of this worthwhile initiative by reflecting on the importance of trees to our continued living and sharing this knowledge in order to educate those close to you and others along the way. In addition you can be a part of something special here in Barbados by purchasing a tree and planting it in honour of someone dear to you. Dedicating a tree as an anniversary gift, to a departed loved one, or even in recognition of the birth of child is a cherished moment and forms a lasting memory. Whatever the reason, get involved in making sure that our future is a clean, fresh, bright one surrounded by trees.

For further information on The Future Trees programme and how you can further assist kindly contact the FCT using info@futurecentretrust.org  or visit our Facebook page.

In commemoration of Earth Day 2016 the FCT in partnership with Scotiabank Barbados is once again hosting an Art Competition for children ages 6-11.  Click here for competition details!

Eco Art Challenge REVISED



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Energy conservation beyond Earth Hour

by Temba Mafico FCT Volunteer

Perhaps before delving into the measures firms can take to conserve energy it might be useful to define energy conservation. It is a cut in the amount of energy used in a process or system or by an organisation through more economical use, elimination of waste and/or more rational use. Implicit in the definition is the idea of change, a shift from the norm, a behavioural change. Energy conservation is often confused with energy efficiency although the two concepts often work in unison. The latter is more effective use of energy and it is often technology based.

Energy conservation is good for environmental sustainability and in the long term it impacts on an organisation’s costs and therefore good for the bottom line. It is therefore in the interest of organisations to adopt as many energy conservation measures as possible. Energy conservation as with other environmentally practices is heavily dependent on social responsibility. It does not readily land itself to legislation by central government.

Conservation Measures:

In order to promote energy conservation in a business environment one may need to consider the following measures/practices.

  • Replace incandescent lights with LEDs.LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent lights.
  • Reduce Paper Use. Some organisations, FCT included, have a policy to print only when it is necessary. Other organisations go a little further by insisting that printing should be on both sides of the paper. This cuts down on the energy required to run the printer and reduces paper wastage.
  • Use hibernation features of computers. Whilst this is ideal during working hours, computers must be switched off completely after hours including week ends.
  • Switch off all equipment not in use. All printers, scanners, lights, coffee vending machines must be switched off at night, during weekends and holidays. Some organisations go further and require that appliances be unplugged when not in use at weekends.
  • Invest in programmable thermostats. It is essential that optimum temperatures be maintained at the work place. Unnecessary air conditioning can result in significant power usage.
  • Use of technology to conduct meetings. Whenever possible virtual meetings via skype and webinars should be used
  • Prudent use of lighting and electricity. Rooms not in use must not have lights on. Use daylight as much as possible. When new offices/factories are to be planned, their orientation should be considered. East/West facing buildings tend to require more air conditioning in hot countries. As far as possible natural light from the sun must be the first option as opposed to artificial lighting.
  • Plant shady trees outside the office. This can protect against intense sun and chilly winds. Trees can also protect office from direct sun rays and therefore reduce cooling bill.
  • Energy audits. Some companies in environmental management will carry out energy audits with a view to identify areas where energy needs can be cut down. Make use of usage data on electricity bills to establish energy baselines, monitor energy use over time and establish energy efficient practices.
  • Use of communal transport. Big organisations with large workforces sometimes use staff buses to convey workers to and from work and so reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by individuals driving to and from work.
  • Consider generating your own energy. The use of solar panels to heat up the water will reduce the power bill in the long run although installation costs may be high. Some businesses in the UK generate their own power from wind turbines and feed the energy into the grid. The government has in place a program called Feed In Tariff (FIT) that rewards energy generators.
  • Educate employees on energy conservation. Energy conservation is not a domain of management alone. It sometimes pays dividends to brainstorm with employees on ways to cut down on energy use. Create an energy management champion within the workforce.
  • Upgrade outdated equipment with energy efficient equipment. Costly to implement but saves costs in the long term. Modernize manufacturing lines, upgrading fans and motors on heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Image credit: http://www.energyaustralia.com.au/small-business/energy-saving/energy-saving-tips

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EARTH  HOUR 2016 – Join the Global Celebration For Our Brilliant Planet 

Written by Sheena Kirton, FCT Volunteer

Earth Hour is a part of a worldwide movement for the protection of the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), designed to capture the power of unity and to engage people from all over the world in taking responsibility for planet Earth. Annually celebrated towards the end of March where, for one hour, individuals, households, communities and businesses are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. Since its genesis as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia on 31st April 2007 where more than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour, Earth Hour 2016 (March 19th) will mark the 10th year of this campaign with over 7000 cities and towns worldwide expected to be a part.


In 2004, confronted with scientific findings, initiated by Earth Hour CEO and Co-Founder Andy Ridley WWF Australia met with advertising agency Leo Burnett Sydney to “discuss ideas for engaging Australians on the issue of climate change” and the idea of a large scale switch off was coined and developed in 2006, originally under the working title “The Big Flick”. WWF Australia presented their concept to Fairfax Media who, along with Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, agreed to support the event and in 2007 the name Earth Hour was given. In October 2007 San Francisco ran its own “Lights Out” program inspired by the Sydney Earth Hour. After their successful event in October, the organizers decided to rally behind the Earth Hour being held internationally on March 29, 2008 from 8p.m to 9 p.m local time, which marked the first anniversary of the event, with 35 countries around the world participating as official flagship cities and over 400 cities also supporting, across the seven continents and in 2013, 3395 landmarks took part.

The official website for the event, www.earthhour.org, also received over 6.7 million unique visitors in the week leading up to Earth Hour. Other websites participated such as Google, whose homepage was turned into a black background on the day Earth Hour took place. Electric Companies also noted an exponential decrease in electricity usage in cities such as New Zealand, Australia and Ontario, Canada.

Earth hour 3

How can you participate?

Everyone can be a part of Earth Hour by simply, turning off  overhead lights, using candles- the best are 100% beeswax or soy candles which are toxic-free, smoke free and non allergenic, led lanterns which are affordable and carbon neutral, turn off appliances or machinery not in use.

Why not:

  1. Invite your friends over for a candlelit dinner or have a backyard or community barbeque. If you’re an organization, why not hold a candlelight after-work lime?
  2. Go for a walk. Lie down. Look up.The stars are particularly splendid at this time and you may be able to spot some cool constellations like Cancer and Canis Minor. In all of that which you’ll  see, we only have this beautiful planet  you’re lying on to call home. Cherish it.
  3. Do something “crafty” by candlelight: paint, mould, stick, knit, or paint…
  4. Why not plan a community movie night. Get the big screen rolling and the popcorn popping. It builds unity while still doing your part for Earth Hour since all the lights in homes would be turned off.
  5. Play a real game of hide & seek. Now there’s a challenge doing it in the dark!
  6. Take a nap – it’s been a hard day and no-one will notice.
  7. Hey – since your lights are off, it wouldn’t it seem like the perfect time to change any old bulbs for a few new energy saving ones? Yes?
  8. Why not eat all the ice-cream that’s sitting in your freezer? If you’ve turned your appliances off as well as your lights for Earth Hour, then it’s going to melt anyway!
    (How good is that for an excuse?)

Employees of the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel pose behind candles during the Earth Hour on March 28, 2015 in Kuwait city. Thousands of cities around the world turned off lights emblematic buildings during the "Earth Hour", a global event to warn of the dangers of climate change. AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYATEmployees of the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel pose behind candles during the Earth Hour on March 28, 2015 in Kuwait city. Thousands of cities around the world turned off lights emblematic buildings during the “Earth Hour”, a global event to warn of the dangers of climate change. AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT
















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Vote for the Future Centre Trust!!

A very Merry Christmas to you!

We are very thrilled to be included in the Scotiabank Barbados Holiday Happiness Competition!

Please vote for us and help the Future Centre Trust (FCT) win! Every little bit helps in accomplishing our growing work for environmental protection, conservation and education! Follow the link https://www.wishpond.com/lp/1265846/ and vote vote vote! Share and spread the word with your friends!

This would be a much appreciated Christmas Gift from you to the FCT. Thanks so much!!!

Note: Voting closes on December 21, 2015.

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Greening on the Green Golf Tournament is soon here!

It’s time again for our annual fundraising event!

Our ‘Greening on the Green’ Golf Tournament is soon here and we wish to thank all those wonderful companies who have come on board to support us!

Should you or your company wish to support the work of the FCT in this way please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Greening on the Green Golf Tournament Poster from the FCT Greening on the Green Golf Sponsors from the FCT

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Join Clean Up Barbados 2015 – Sept 19th 2015

Clean Up Barbados 2015!!!
Its our 7th year and we are very excited to welcome all willing volunteers to help us keep Barbados beautiful!!!
This year’s event occurs on Saturday  September 19th
If you are willing and interested email cleanupbarbadoscampaign@gmail.com for more information and join us!!
This event would not be possible without:
1. YOU the amazing volunteers!
2. Our amazing sponsors!!
CUb sponsors 1 CUb sponsors 2
Mornin Barbados Sponsor


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