Success Stories

SuperChar Kilns Promote Sustainability

SuperChar biochar kilns produced by Carbon Gold, are allowing cacao growers to farm sustainably by slowing environmentally damaging ‘slash and burn’ practices, cutting carbon emissions and adding value to waste stream, the company says. A five-year biochar project with the Toledo Cacao Growers Association (TCGA) encouraged the sustainable production and use of biochar by farmers in Belize, funded by Mondel?z […]

A ‘green’ family

  FOR the Dixons, going ‘green’ is much more than talk; it is a passion put ardently into practice. “We are big believers in energy – efficiency and do all we can to save,” says Newton Dixon of Retreat, St Thomas. Newton and his wife Beulah have turned their home into an energy-efficient dwelling. “We […]

Indoor mini-farms to beat climate change

Jewel Fraser PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday February 27, 2014 IPS - Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen thinks that growing your food indoors is a great way to protect crops from the stresses of climate change. So he developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way […]

In the Caribbean, Fighting Climate Change With Entrepreneurship

Above: a Caribbean agro-project (Photo: CCIC)   By the Caribbean Journal staff It’s the newest way the Caribbean is working to tackle the problem of climate change: with entrepreneurship. The Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre will be officially inaugurated in Freeport, Trinidad on Jan. 27. The centre is an initiative of the World Bank’s infoDev; it […]

Growing lettuce with fish poop

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Observer writer Henkel Valentine (centre), spokesperson for the Taylor Hall Aquaponics Project, explains the intricacies of the aquaponics system to students of the University of the West Indies, Mona, Sandré Malcolm (left) and Jerand Phills. IT started out as a class project a little over a year ago, but now university students […]

Angels Grove Residents Take Charge Of Scheme

A sign at Angels Grove, St Catherine, rallying the community to win the National Housing Trust Best Schemes competition next year. – Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter THE ATTRACTIVE landscaping of many yards, a clean environment, and a feeling of tranquillity that prevails on a tour of Angels Grove in St Catherine […]

EU lauds success of Jamaica’s climate change project

JAMAICA’S ability to withstand natural disasters in some of its most vulnerable areas has been significantly improved following the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction project which was implemented over a three-year period between October 2010 and December 2013. The project, which was funded by the European Union and the Government of Jamaica, worked […]

GOJ, EU, UN hail success of climate change project

Thumbs up! KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com IF a hurricane were to hit Jamaica today, the island would fare much better than it would have three years ago. This is according to reports from the Government of Jamaica, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Environment Programme, which together replanted 405 hectares […]

Green-Friendly Enterprise Helps Save Biggest Caribbean Wetlands

Ivet González, IPS Cuba (Media credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS) CIÉNAGA DE ZAPATA (IPS) — The 18 communities in Cuba’s Ciénaga de Zapata, the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, have long survived on the abundant local hunting and fishing and by producing charcoal. But that is no longer possible, due to climate change. Years ago it […]

REAPing together

Lasco Reap To promote an ongoing environmental awareness in schools, the Sandals Foundation has once again partnered with the LASCO Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) Competition. The western programme which was launched on Friday, November 1, at John Rollins Success Primary School has targeted over 100 schools with a view to creating a new zeal […]