Residents educated on green economy

Barbadians from all walks of life were educated on a green economy as they traversed through Queen’s Park on Friday and Saturday at the 2nd annual National Green Knowledge Fair, under the theme, ‘Connecting People to Nature: Pathways to the Green Economy’

UNDP Resident Representative for Barbados Stephen O’Malley speaking at the opening ceremony said it was appropriate to hold this year’s fair at Queen’s Park, one of island’s most popular green spaces and home to one of Barbados’ solar houses.

“As a Small Island Developing State, Barbados is vulnerable to a wide range of external shocks from fluctuating prices from imported fossil fuels to ecological hazards that threaten its economic and social development. This season’s catastrophic hurricanes have vividly demonstrated the danger that climate change poses to the region and its people,” he said.

O’Malley noted that moving towards a green economy offers Barbados an opportunity to mitigate these risks.

“Barbados can better adapt to the impact of climate change, manage national capital, protect fertile ecosystems, create green jobs and create a green, clean and sustainable future,” he said.

National Coordinator with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme – UNDP David Bynoe.

National Coordinator with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme – UNDP David Bynoe told Barbados TODAY the event implemented by The Future Centre Trust on behalf of GEF was an important initiative because it addressed key issues in Barbados.

“Barbados has agreed that a green economy is a model they want to go towards and in doing so they enlisted the help of UNDP to conduct a green economy scoping study which revealed that there was a large gap between what we wanted to achieve as a country and the public awareness, education and expertise that is required to get us to that model,” Bynoe said.

He added that the National Green Knowledge Fair is supposed to bridge the gap and bring together people, the private sector, public sector and civil society to share knowledge, highlight best practices and showcase innovative technologies that can contribute to greening Barbados.

Numerous green businesses could be seen on display many of which would have received grants from the GEF programme.

“From 2013 to 2016 GEF Small Grants Programme funded US$5.5 million for projects across Barbados in the areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change (mitigation and adaptation), prevention of land degradation, international waters and the prevention of harmful waste and chemicals,” Bynoe said.

He said the initiative aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Most of  SDGs as it relates especially to the environment can be found in our work as we support life on land and below water, we promote inclusive, sustainable growth and development and we focus strongly on moving towards a low carbon, climate resilient economy,” he said. (KH)

13 Responses to Residents educated on green economy

  1. Sheron Inniss November 5, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Thumbs up. I was not able to attend. I hope you have more of these fairs around the island. Next stop Speightstown, St Peter please.

  2. Jennifer November 5, 2017 at 10:29 am

    You people really need to keep an eye on the kyper belt. The earth is heating from the CORE and it is also under a magnetic pull. Which is also affecting the jet stream along with the sun emitting CMEs and EMWs causing increasing radiation and ultimate heating of the atmosphere globally. Also volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, fish kills etc. Please watch this green movement.

    • Jennifer November 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      One of many. Swindling at its best. Bet you will have to change your cars to electric from FOSSIL fuels. Money for WHOM?????

      • Jennifer November 5, 2017 at 1:41 pm

        We are dealing with expert 3 head men, while basic thinkers who do not have any research set ups are struggling with their one head.

      • Ann Harding November 5, 2017 at 1:54 pm

        May I suggest readers do their own checks into who funded the above video. Who stands to benefit from polluting the environment?

        • Jennifer November 5, 2017 at 2:10 pm

          Miss Ann I tell you this, none of this is of any benefit to me. What is causing the increase in global warming is nothing to do with any green house gasses. Have you not seen the red skies in the morning and evening lately = red iron oxide (look this up). A total solar system is coming in from the south east, which is causing all of this. Getting here soon. This green plan will also lead to the Georgia guide stones plan. Forget about me and please go and research. Please look up the underground bunkers the big governments have built too. Nothing can stop this change.

        • Jennifer November 5, 2017 at 2:24 pm

          And for your information Ann as a negro person – none of us will stand to financially benefit, which way the scale swings. The same people who benefit financially from pushing a pollution effect or a green effect will be the same swindlers. Just like the plastic bag movement, mind you the plastic bags being BIODEGRADABLE. WHO BENEFITS??????

  3. Jennifer November 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    yeh, go green = DINERO, DINERO. Hahahaha try telling D trump.

  4. Sheron Inniss November 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    @ Jennifer. My green economy is not like theirs but I would like to hear and see what’s going on.

    My force fed days are over.

    One love girlfriend.

    I have come to realize that when my intelligence was insulted by being told I could not take my own water bottle from home for coconut water that the dinero was going to someone else. More plastic pollution.

    When burning in cans was outlawed I realized that pot-ash sellers were going to make more dinero.

    You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

    • Jennifer November 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      I see what you are saying sheron. I am all for a reduction in a lot of things. We were told to stop using paper bags yrs ago due to the trees, money raked in from plastics. The breakable/glass bottles removed for cheap plastic = BPA and cancer. Same lies about the coconut oil and poor health back then, when the monopoly is achieved the same coconut oil is good for your health and you can’t afford it now. Our people are not educated to do any research or have the money to do it, whether it is in medicines, vaccines or foods. So we keep falling into the hands of the same financial predators. Go to the big polluters like China, Russia, Bangladesh, India, USA etc. All we got here is too motor cars, 1 sugar factory, and a few manufacturing companies. Get the rid of the GMO while they are at it from our plates. The same people keep causing the problems and then presenting the solutions meanwhile profiteering from the little fish.

      • Jennifer November 5, 2017 at 4:13 pm

        I am so sick of our people in bee syndrome mode = take in and regurgitate with no means of gathering our own evidence. The Caribbean and Africa for ransom.

  5. Alan Winter November 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Thats good !! Perhaps next they will be educated on the fact that they are descendents of the Transatlantic Slave Trade since their history has been hidden from them. Everyone is world knows but the citizens here. Wake up…Barbadians

  6. jrsmith November 6, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Climate change is man made, which made some countries and lots of white people in the world very wealthy…. The term Industrialization , which the black counties was never given the chance to be directly involve ……..
    Climate change is used as a massive excuse , by and for our politicians for the failure over the last 4 decades , for not doing anything to our infrastructure ……………………..
    Climate change , renewable energy are just terms which is used to hide who is really going to be wealthy at the end of the day from all the hidden technology …. and it wouldn’t be black people….. There is too much Political Corporate Corruption..


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