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Clean Up Barbados is here again! September 16- Register Now!

Introducing Clean Up Barbados 2017!!

The island’s national clean up event is kicking off today! The theme for this year is Mission Possible.

To participate register your school/community group, business or yourself by filling out the registration forms below. Click the links provided to register:

Group Registration Form:
https://goo.gl/forms/I1ljbJ1N40Z2Zydr2

Individual Registration Form:
https://goo.gl/forms/PH2VpmAi0KrkWa3k1

School Registration Form:
https://goo.gl/forms/VgTFRgdhbV58tcjD3

Register now!

 

 

We need you! Will you help us Clean Up Barbados?

#MakeADifference #CleanUpBarbados2017

#MissionPossible #JoinUs

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World Environment Day 2017

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2017

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly first designated World Environment Day in 1972 on the first day of United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. The concept resulted from talks on how humans interact with their physical environment and lead the campaign for raising the awareness of emerging concerns about environmental degradation. From marine pollution, global warming, sustainable development and consumption, to illegal poaching and other crimes against wildlife, the focus is on respect, cooperation and sustainability.

On Monday, June 5, 2017, we once again celebrate World Environment Day under the theme “Connecting People to Nature.” The theme seeks to inspire people to get outdoors and appreciate all the benefits that our natural environment offers. Not only does it encourage us to relax and engage in outdoor recreational activities or to simply enjoy the beauty and diversity of the natural world around us. It also highlights the vast benefits that the natural world affords us, from food security to our water supply, alternative medicines, fresh air, rain for our crops and climatic stability. The natural environment not only offers us improved physical health but many studies conclude that mental health can also be improved by spending time in nature since green spaces counter problems such as stress and depression.

We now live in a world of mass consumption and excess, the natural capital that supplies such benefits and luxuries is at risk from unsustainable development because of deforestation and the conversion of forests and wetlands for agricultural production. Large multinational and transnational corporations are often responsible for the pollution of soil, water and air, and the depletion of natural raw materials for production and consumption. Poor urban planning and expanding cities create further environmental problems which in turn manifest as health problems within the population.

We cannot separate ourselves from our environment and must be mindful of how human interaction causes harm if we are to ensure continuity and that we leave the best possible world for future generations. More cities are now planting trees to mitigate air pollution, which remains the world’s largest environmental health risk, every year 6.5 million people die due to regular exposure to poor air quality.

                                                                                                     

No one but us is responsible for protecting and securing the environment that sustains us, and each one of us can play a part. There is no better time than today to start making positive changes and being mindful of the environmental impact of your actions. On this World Environment Day 2017, commit to thinking green every day. Take a reusable shopping bag and decline plastic, turn off the tap while you lather and brush your teeth, collect rainwater for use in your garden, wash full loads, walk shorter distances rather than drive, carpool, do whatever you can every day. Get outdoors! Go for a walk or a swim, have a picnic in a park, go hiking, play a game of cricket with some friends, plant a fruit tree, take your children kite flying, just go outside, sit on a bench and read but connect with nature!

 

Prepared by FCT Volunteer Trinesha Winston

 

 

 

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Barbados Youth Corps Internship Opportunities with the Future Centre Trust and BREA

We are currently seeking 4 hardworking, dynamic and motivated individuals to add to our Barbados Youth Corps team for summer 2017, who have a strong passion for people and the environment. Our approach is always collaborative and team oriented.

The 4 Internship Job Opportunities available are:

  1. Clean Up Barbados Project Assistant
  2. Green Research Assistant
  3. Outreach Programme Assistant
  4. Intern Research Assistant

For details on each internship job description and instructions on how to apply please click here.

PLEASE NOTE THE SUBMISSION EMAIL ADDRESS IS

info@futurecentretrust.org  

Once you have submitted to the correct email address you will receive a THANK YOU confirmation email. 

Deadline for Applications is June 9th 2017

Clean Foundation (Clean) began delivering the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps (NSYCC) program in 2011 and in doing so, has provided almost 200 youth with meaningful paid summer employment throughout Nova Scotia. Students gain countless skills through training and personal development opportunities, all the while making a positive impact in their local communities and the environment. In its second year, the Barbados Youth Corps Program is again being piloted by the Future Centre Trust (FCT) this summer 2017 modeled after the NSYCC.

The program will provide Barbadian youth with environmental work experience, an enhanced appreciation of the environment and their community, and assist in developing skills for life-long learning including, team-building and leadership skills, public speaking and community outreach, increased knowledge for future employment and/or education ventures and the ability to give back to their community and their environment.

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“Wise Up!” Eco Art Challenge Art Competition

“Wise Up!” Eco Art Challenge Art Competition Guidelines and Rules

To teachers/guardians/parents:
Encourage children to participate and use their artistic talent to depict an environmental pledge in relation to biodiversity and ecosystems in Barbados in an effort to make Barbados more sustainable.
Entries are to be submitted to the FCT office by March 31st 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Competition Guidelines Art Competition Poster Competition
Ages 6 – 11 12 – 17
Entries Art piece Poster design
Size/Dimensions 7 x 10 inches in size
2 dimensional
18 x 36 inches in size range. Can be of any shape.
Subject/Theme Art piece which depicts a plant or animal in their natural surroundings.
In 50 – 100 words max. give a brief explanation which must include:

  • Name of plant/animal
  • The family: tell us whether it is an animal or plant
  • Type (only if it’s an animal): e.g. mammal, reptile, bird, amphibians or fish.
  • Location found e.g. community and parish.
  • Value (importance of the animal or plant to you and/or the environment)

Design a poster on the topics below:

  • Valuable/critical ecosystems: any aquatic (water) or terrestrial (land) habitat: The poster should depict the value of the ecosystem and threats.
  • Pollution: liquid or solid waste: The poster should depict the effects of pollution in the environment.
Tools and Materials Can be made of paper, canvas or cloth can be done with pencils, crayons, paint and/or ink Can be made with photographs and/or pencil,crayons,paint or ink

Additional notes:

  • Entries can be full colour or black and white.
  • Only one entry is allowed per child.
  • Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form (download the entry form at the bottom of this post).
  • Please note all photo entries with excessive photo-manipulation/editing will be disqualified, all photographs should be as natural as possible.
  • Children can enter one of the 4 age categories:
    • Category A – Ages 6-8
    • Category B – Ages 9-11
    • Category C – Ages 12-14
    • Category D – Ages 15-17
  • Judges will select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place from each of the 4 categories.
  • All original entries must be received by March 31st 2017 and 4:00pm. Winners will be notified by April 19th and the Award Ceremony will take place on April 21st 2017.
  • All submitted entries become property of the Future Centre Trust.

Please submit entries to the following address:
The Future Centre Trust
Little Edgehill
St. Thomas

Queries can be directed to info@futurecentretrust.org or call us at 625-2020

Download the entry form here

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World Wetlands Day 2017

Wetlands: A necessity for survival

By; Ayanna Evelyn
Research Assistant

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