Preservation of life and property is the most pressing instinct when faced with the threat of a natural disaster. But after survival, the next phase – recovery – can be the more arduous and complex feat. Since 2010, the Caribbean region incurred an estimated US$3.2 billion in damage to housing, crops, and infrastructure while total deaths amounted to nearly 180 persons. At … [Read more...] about Avoiding A Debt Disaster
Climate Change & Environment
Throughout most of urban history, humanity has used nature’s resources to build cities and to release carbon dioxide at a rate that was well within Earth’s budget. However, beginning in the early 1970s, unsustainable growth accelerated and today, humans are now using 1.7 times the amount of Earth’s resources. This means that by July 29th each year, we will have consumed more … [Read more...] about Caribbean Cities and the Sustainable Development Goals
We are often reminded that climate change is not a phenomenon to be taken lightly. However, too often we only come to grips with this important issue when an event has severely wounded an island-neighbor for the fear that our island may be the next to suffer similar consequences. And there is no telling just when that might be. In recent years, Barbados has experienced more … [Read more...] about Resilience Starts At Home: How can Barbadians take the fight to climate change?
Ask my five siblings to pinpoint the number one need that we faced growing up and you may quite likely hear very different answers from each of them. One may say financial provision, others may say it was the availability of more dynamic educational opportunities, and still another may describe regret for not having the kind of mentorship that encouraged a greater sense of … [Read more...] about Towards Better Times Together in the Caribbean
Just over a year ago, Puerto Rico was waking up to a new landscape. Like neighboring Caribbean territories, the devastation of Hurricanes Urma and Maria left the island unrecognizable to its inhabitants. Since then, it’s been a slow march to recovery for the region, all while a dark cloud of imminent disaster looms. But a silver lining is beginning to shine through. The … [Read more...] about After the Storm