The operations team of the Barbados Country Office of the Inter-American Development Bank decided to do something differently last month. Instead of its weekly operations meeting inside the comfortable air-conditioned Country Office conference room, the team ventured out on a mission to the Solid Waste Project Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, the Sustainable … [Read more...] about Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Recovering Waste the Bajan Way
Photo by Rosemary Clarice Hanna The Bahamas markets itself as a Tourist destination: An archipelago of 700 islands and Cays with white sand beaches, aqua transparent water and a green and pristine environment. For the most part this is the case. However, garbage can easily be found on road sides, derelict vehicles in some yards, and in the nearby bushes of some areas in New … [Read more...] about Proper Solid Waste Management Involves all of us
Members of the IDB Team pose next to bags of trash picked up at Wickie Wackie beach in St. Thomas, Jamaica. Each year in September, thousands of volunteers comb lakes, rivers, and beaches around the world for all kinds of waste. These volunteers are the driving force behind the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day, a hallmark initiative of the Ocean Conservancy (OC), which … [Read more...] about How to do a beach cleanup? Jamaicans can tell you all about it.
Recyclers at Mile 3 Transfer Station, November 2014 A feeling of sadness ran through me as Carmelita told me about her life growing up in the “jungle”. The “jungle” as Belize City residents would know, was the old unsightly dumpsite at mile 3 on the George Price Highway that used to overwhelm the outskirts of Belize City with a horrible stench. Prior to the Solid Waste … [Read more...] about Recycling for a better life
by Guest blogger, Jennifer Doherty-Bigara Boyan is a 19 year old Dutch, who just invented a viable solution to clean up the ocean from millions of tons of plastic. Thankfully, he is not the only one of the committed young minds at work. As we look for solutions to tackle climate change, we tend to blame two major groups: governments for their inaction; and the private … [Read more...] about Meet the new generation of youth innovators