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
IDB Barbados Country Office Family & Friends Clean Up Barbados Team. Photo Author Lisa S. Howard The once controversial refrain “Da Beach Is Mine” has become the unofficial Barbadian anthem about the ownership of our beaches -- ownership accompanied by rights and responsibilities. In September, The Greening Committee from the Inter-American Development Bank’s … [Read more...] about Long Beach: Our Place, Our Planet, Our Responsibility
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
Photo courtesy of The Observer Jamaica “….The day began like any other day. The family awoke early and the “likkle pickney dem” started getting ready for school. There was something different about that day though, birds were not singing, neither was the sun shining and the air was not filled with the usual Caribbean breeze. The day felt a bit too dark; “maybe it will … [Read more...] about Chronicles of a Fire Foretold