Clean Up Barbados 2016 Registration Open!

 Clean Up Barbados’s national event is here again! The theme for this year is #iPledge. Will you join us to help clean up Barbados?

 

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

We are currently seeking 3 hardworking, dynamic and motivated individuals to add to our Barbados Youth Corps team for summer 2016, who have a strong passion for people and the environment.  Our approach is always collaborative and team oriented.

We are currently seeking a hardworking, dynamic and motivated individual to add to our Barbados Youth Corps team for summer 2016, who has a strong passion for people and the environment.  Our approach is always collaborative and team oriented.

The 3 Internship Job Opportunities available are:

  1. Clean Up Barbados Project Assistant
  2. Sustainability Education Toolkit Project Assistant
  3. Energy Program Intern

For details on each Internship Job Description and instructions on how to apply please click here.

PLEASE NOTE THE SUBMISSION EMAIL ADDRESS IS

[email protected]  

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

Deadline for Applications is June 23rd 2016

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. Future Centre Trust (FCT) wishes to pilot a Youth Corps Program in Barbados in summer 2016 modelled 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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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 [email protected]  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.

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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

 

 

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Hour

https://www.earthhour.org/celebrating-earth-hour

http://wwf.panda.org/how_you_can_help/campaign/earth_hour/10_things_to_do/

http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/constellationmonth_list.html

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=how+can+organisations+celebate+earth+hour

https://www.google.com/search?q=earth+hour+images&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwi3qd_Rl4bLAhWDHx4KHRWcBbIQsAQIGw#imgdii=MOe4aosmY6RhDM%3A%3BMOe4aosmY6RhDM%3A%3BNuYrRWYKoTDbmM%3A&imgrc=MOe4aosmY6RhDM%3A

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-leads-canada-as-earth-hour-capital-1.1331419

http://www.mycampbellrivernow.com/event/earth-hour-2015/

 

 

 

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World Environment Day 2015

What is World Environment Day ???

Celebrate the biggest day for positive environmental action!

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.

The WED theme this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And yet, evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.

Consuming with care means living within planetary boundaries to ensure a healthy future where our dreams can be realized. Human prosperity need not cost the earth. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth.

Every Action Counts

WED is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change.

“Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Through decades of WED celebrations, hundreds of thousands of people from countries all over the world and from all sectors of society have participated in individual and organized environmental action. WED 2014 received a total of 6,437 pledges and over 3,000 activities were registered online, resulting in a total of about 9,700 which is triple to the previous two years.

– See more at:http://www.unep.org/wed/about.asp#sthash.KD6k69a1.dpuf

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Green Business Barbados Certifies Williams Solar and Harris Paints !!!!

Over the past year, Green Business Barbados (GBB) Program has been working steadily to recruit, assist and certify
over 20 businesses in this internationally rigorous and locally relevant certification program. In 2012, the Future
Centre Trust received funding from the IADB Multilateral Investment Fund to expand and strengthen the GBB
program towards the end of creating a regionally replicable model.

The program has 3 path options businesses can select for their certification: Palm, Mahogany and Baobab. Each path is designed to meet businesses wherever they are in their existing practices; choose 1-5 of our GBB focus areas; facilitate change, support and monitoring of cost-savings and promote their achievements. The program currently has 22 businesses enrolled in the program and has just closed applications for a GBB mini-grant which will add at least 5 new businesses to the program.

We are pleased to announce that both Williams Solar and Harris Paints have achieved the highest tier of
certification within the program: Tier 5 by implementing between 85% – 100% of 200 GBB action items.

Visit Our Open
Houses and Awards Ceremony June 3-6
Wednesday June 3, 2015 at Williams Solar from 12 – 2pm
Friday June 5 Harris Paints Wildey from 12 – 2pm
Saturday June 6 Awards Ceremony – Limegrove Eco-expo 11am

For their certification in the GBB Mahogany Path, Harris Paints focused on the 3 areas of:- energy conservation
and renewable energy; employee well-being and productivity and waste management, reduction, reuse and
recycling.

Williams Solar focused on all 5 GBB focus areas which include the above mentioned as well as: – pollution control
and reduction and water conservation. All businesses which join the program complete action items under the
mandatory focus area of environmental education.

The Green Business Barbados Program will host an open house on Wednesday June 3 at Williams Solar and Friday
June 5 at Harris Paints where the press and general public are invited to visit to learn more of and view the
sustainability practices of these businesses. In addition, Green Business Barbados will host an awards ceremony for
all certified businesses and recipients of the GBB/IADB MIF Mini-grant program on Saturday June 6, 2015 at 11am.
All are welcomed.

Further details and can be received through emailing Dr.Ariana Marshall –
[email protected] or calling 836-6189.

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EARTH DAY 2015 – It’s Our TURN!!!

Earth Day is an annual event which is celebrated on April 22nd and is made up of demonstrations in the form of events and activities (see below for information on FCT activities and link to FCT Facebook page) that act as a token of support for environmental protection worldwide. Since its first recognition in 1970 the Earth Day Network has coordinated its celebration globally in 192 countries and chaired by the first Earth Day advocate Denis Hayes.

Originally, the proposed date for Earth Day was March 21st which is the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. Later sanctions suggested that it be celebrated on April 22nd. Additionally, the day is supplemented by what is known as Earth Week which consists of pertinent activities leading up the annual event. The first Earth Day was a success, and saw celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States. What is noted to be more important is the 20 million Americans it brought together to share in the demonstrations that advocated for environmental reform. Today, according to Denis Hayes, it is one of the largest secular holidays in the world and through environmental groups is also a day of action which changes human behaviour and provokes policy changes.

Earth Day made another milestone in 2000 as it was the first year the movement made use of the internet as its principal organizing tool,  This  proved to be an invaluable one, helping enlist more than 5000 environmental groups outside the United States and reaching hundreds of millions of people in a record 183 countries. Earth Day further grew into a sustainable annual event rather than being one which was celebrated every ten years. This was executed by Nelson and Bruce Anderson, New Hampshire’s lead organizers in 1990 who formed Earth Day USA building on the momentum of the inaugural Earth Day in 1970. EarthDay.org also amplified the significance of this day following the 25th anniversary in 1995.

According to Nelson, the moniker “Earth Day” was “an obvious and logical name” suggested by “a number of people” in the fall of 1969, including, he writes, both “a friend of mine who had been in the field of public relations” and “a New York advertising executive,” Julian Koenig. Koenig, who had been on Nelson’s organizing committee in 1969, has said that the idea came to him by the coincidence of his birthday with the day selected, April 22; “Earth Day” rhyming with “birthday,” the connection seemed natural.

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 Nelson chose the date in order to maximize participation on college campuses for what he conceived as an “environmental teach-in”. He determined the week of April 19–25 was the best bet as it did not fall during exams or spring breaks. Moreover, it did not conflict with religious holidays such as Easter or Passover, and was late enough in spring to have decent weather. More students were likely to be in class, and there would be less competition with other mid-week events—so he chose April 22. The day also fell after the anniversary of the birth of noted conservationist John Muir.

Reading this in Barbadian context the first question one may ask him/herself is “What does this have to do with me?” and the question couldn’t have been answered any better than by acknowledging this year’s Earth Day theme which is “It’s Our Turn to Lead”.  That theme goes way deeper than the face of it. It is our turn to act, it is our turn to change…It is simply OUR TURN and whether you are an environmental agency or group or single person looking to play your part just do so because what Earth Day makes clear more than anything is the fact that there is one earth and many of us. Let’s take care of the thing we all have in common, our home; earth.

 Written by Jesse Gibson FCT Research Assistant

Future Centre Trust Facebook Page

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Warrens Mural Unveiled!!

Last July the Future Centre Trust and CIBC First Caribbean embarked on an ambitious adventure. What was simply an idea for the FCT following the success our Hastings Mural Project back in 2011 has now become a reality and to be  honest it is somewhat surreal. What can we say at this point but a huge thank you. Without the buy in and approval of the National Insurance Scheme we could not have had the opportunity to use this wall as the canvas for this one of a kind work of art.  Thank you to CIBC First Caribbean for catching the vision of the FCT and investing in the project as our esteemed Title Sponsors.

Thank you to David and Goldie Spieler and their team at Earth Works Pottery for the design and executing the transfer of it onto the wall which we see as a breathtaking finished image today.  To Troy and Dwayne the tilers who have worked tirelessly to place the thousands of individual pieces into the mosaic deign of the mural, for many long hours an enormous thank you.  Thank you to the management of Tile Gallery, Terrific Tiles and Branckers who would have granted discounts and some donations to the project.  To the public, media and all who have supported and assisted in any way we say a heartfelt thank you!

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As I said at the launch of this project this has truly been one of our most ambitious project ideas however  I assure you it will not be the last. The Future Centre Trust will continue to design and execute projects which address the myriad of environmental topics in Barbados. At present we have some exciting prospects on the horizon and with our growing team of volunteers we are confident that we will continue to make a significant impact on the environmental education of Barbadians and our landscape.

The overwhelming, positive feedback from many persons locally and abroad throughout the implementation of the project, has been extremely encouraging and we are confident that this mural will be a lasting and impactful beacon for environmental conservation.  The specific goal of this project  was to provide a mural focused on the natural environment while beautifying the area.  I believe you will agree that this has been achieved.  However we know that the work does not stop here. The FCT is committed to advocating for the conservation and preservation of our environment here in Barbados and we invite you to join us. This is our home, our Barbados our gift to future generations.

Remarks of Cherice Gibson Future Centre Trust Executive Director at April 18th Official Unveiling of Warrens Mural.

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