PET bottle nursery house. Image: via UNDP
Agriculture

Schools in Suriname grow vegetables in nursery houses made from plastic bottles

Eight thousand discarded plastic bottles were repurposed in a sustainable agriculture project that involved four primary schools in the Commewijne district of Suriname: This project titled: “Everyday food: Growing Vegetables No Matter What Weather” educated the children in protected agriculture by providing nurseries constructed from discarded PET- bottles. This made the …

Hurricane damage, BVI. Image: Russell Watkins/DFID
Climate Change

Caribbean leaders call for President Trump to take climate change seriously

Caribbean leaders are trying to get the message across that climate change is a very real and present danger for the region. From Brinkwire:  Leaders from Caribbean islands are urging President Donald Trump to take climate change seriously before they disappear due to extreme weather conditions, according to reports.Hurricane season poses …

Drip. Image: Paul B
Climate Change

Rainwater harvesting for water security in the Caribbean

From The Conversation, an article about how the potential for rainwater harvesting, using a new ferrocement tank design and biosand filters, could enhance  water security and climate resilience in the Caribbean: [V]ery few Caribbean countries have taken action to implement rainwater harvesting on any significant scale. In Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, …

St. Joseph's church, Barbados. Image: Simon Bélec
Climate Change

Environment on the agenda at Caribbean theology conference

From Repeating Islands, a report on the recently held 19th Conference on Theology in the Caribbean Today, which focussed on climate change and the environment: Curaçao-based Nobo reports that the 19th Conference of Theology in the Caribbean recently took place in Suriname. The Conference saw the participation of 30 persons, …

Nassau Grouper. Image: Farshid Ahrestani.
Biodiversity

Climate change threatens reef fish conservation in the Caribbean

Climate change could undo years of work to protect and conserve the endangered Nassau Grouper: For more than 20 years, conservationists have been working to protect one of the most recognizable reef fish in the Caribbean, the endangered and iconic Nassau grouper, and thanks to those efforts, populations of this …

Bird on flower, Saint Lucia. Image: Harry and Rowena Kennedy
Biodiversity

Climate change is an imminent threat to Saint Lucia’s biodiversity

Inter Press Service reports on the need for urgent action to save Saint Lucia’s biodiversity from the devastating effects of climate change, which are exacerbated by a lack of care for the environment: Wildlife conservationists consider it to be one of the most striking parrots of its kind. Saint Lucia’s …

Brades, Montserrat. Image: via OECS Commission.
Climate Change

Montserrat hosts OECS Environment Ministers’ meeting

The fifth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers of Environmental Sustainability (COMES 5) is currently underway in Montserrat. The meeting’s theme is Building Resilience on the Frontlines of Climate Change: Five major themes are on the agenda of COMES 5 that will gather Ministers …