ISSUE 1 JAN - MARCH 2013
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ECO | LIFE P3 / THE THREE UNSPOKEN TRUTHS
P7/ CARIBBEAN ABUZZ WITH PD3M
OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
and their work across the
Our featured member article from
P3DM stands for Participatory
next quarter. Lots of fun
Caribbean in particular Trinidad
Three-Dimensional Modelling and
activities and events!
P1 / WHO IS CYEN?
P8 / UPCOMING ACTIVITIES Find out what to expect in the
Get to know more about CYEN
its name describes it perfectly.
WHO IS CYEN?
Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has .
Ma r g a r e t Me a d e
Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) is a 20 year old regional youth
come out with a bang to remind the country
The Trinidad and Tobago Chapter continues to
environmental NGO. It is without a doubt
and the Caribbean that it has the passion,
build momentum in 2013 with a new executive
that this Network is the largest youth
commitment and is determined to make their
team that has strengthened its capacity and
group that represents all Caribbean
mark in the environmental world.
drive to fulfil its goal in empowering youth to
islands, with over 600 members across
2012 was a spectacular year, CYEN – T&T
raise their voices for a more sustainable future.
We are not only active on the local front but
The Network has been active since 1993
Managed Project Activity” as well as gained
and involved in advocacy, environmental
conferences, such as COP18 in Durban and
MEnivronmental to educate schools on the
TUNZA Youth Environmental Conference in
programs. The Trinidad and Tobago
green economy and establish recycling
Chapter, though previously inactive, have
We stay true to our motto “Unity, Strength
Be the change that you want to see in the World. Ghandi
Services given by WETLANDS World Wetlands Day celebrated February nd 2 , the 2013 theme: Wetlands and Water Management.
1. WETLANDS ARE NOT JUST SWAMPS
Wetlands include coral reefs, mangrove forests sea grass beds, lagoons and marshes. Luckily our islands have representatives of each type of wetland. For example, the Buccoo Reef, Caroni and Nariva Swamps, Bon Accord Lagoon to name a few, all of which are legally protected areas.
Wetlands support large populations of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The diversity of these populations gives an indication of the health of the environment.
The Three Unspoken Truths about Sustainable Development Ryan Assiu
The Climate Change debate is a red herring Regardless of an individual’s belief that humans are influencing the global climate, the fact of the matter is that all scientific data indicates that the global climate is changing. Pointing fingers at who is to blame, or working on mitigation measures won’t change the fact, however, the vast majority of discussion on the issue is centered on those two aspects. A complex system is in motion towards a warmer tomorrow and mitigating human-generated green house gases is as likely to reverse the trend as removing the single straw that broke the camel’s back is likely to fix it. The real discussions should be on how to enhance our build and social adaptive capacity and create resilience in our communities.
The Population Bomb was the low hanging fruit In the year 1804, the global population reached 1 billion. In 1960 it reached 3 billion and by 1974 just 14 years later, another billion was added. What had previously taken almost 2000 years to achieve occurred within one generation. Since then much has been documented on the threat of population growth and the sustainability of the Earth. Demographers, now estimate that population would stabilize just shy of 9 billion by 2050 due to an ever increasing global population growth rate. Though the additional 2 billion people to our current figure still seems disheartening to those concerned about the Earth’s carrying capacity but it is inevitable, unless unethical methods such as genocide or mass sterilization to be conducted. Thus to ensure a sustainable and socially just future for all we look at Paul Ulrich’s famous equation: Impact on the Earth = Population x
Affluence x Technology. Many believe that human ingenuity will allow us to trump our increasing environmental problems with new technologies – however this is an unwise gamble, when literally the world is at stake. A concerted effort must be made towards reducing the affluence of the global population. An unsavoury suggestion indeed when over consumption is not only the norm but the aspiration of many. Humankind must direct our creative energy to find ways to break the misconception that an environmentally responsible lifestyle is of lower quality that current, wasteful norms. More so, we need to face the reality that changing the world begins with changing ourselves. We must change our behaviour. Want to know what is No. 1? Continue onto page 5
3. NATURAL REGULATORS
Wetlands are the fundamental regulators of water regimes. They also provide many ecosystem services such as filters for land based run off as well as erosion control.
5. NATURAL DEFENSES
Acting as a storage for excess carbon these wetland provide a significant service especially now during this global warming period.
Wetlands form a protective line of defence from storm damage and other coastal hazards by reducing wave friction and strength. They also protect against coastal flooding.
MEMBER OF THE QUARTER DANIEL ROBINSON
NEW EXECUTIVE ELECTED AND GETS TO WORK!
Seen here proud with their leatherback sand turtle at the Matura Beach Clean Up, from left Khadija La Croix (PRO 2), Petal Brathwaite (Asst. Secretary), Ezra Bartholomew (V.P.) Kemba Jaramogi (Projects 2), Sharlene Subit (Gen. Secretary), Channan Patrick (Projects 1), Rianna Gonzales (President) and Dr. Sharda Maharaj (Adviser), missing Dizzanne Billy (PRO1).
For the first time in its history, CYEN-TT has voted amongst the executive to highlight a member that has stood out from the group. This member was chosen based on attendance at general meetings, participation at events, presence on social media in terms of promoting CYEN and the environment as well as commitment in CYEN activities. We are proud to announce Mr. Daniel Robinson as the Member of the Quarter January – March 2013!
IT’S NOT JUST ALL WORK! WE HAVE FUN TOO!
As nature lovers we also take time to enjoy nature, in all its forms
We at CYEN-TT seek to encourage members and the public to engage in innovative reuse of materials. In keeping with this objective, we are very proud to see Ms. Katrina Khan’s beautiful work of art. Using acrylic, pencil and silver pen she recycled this piece of Medium- Density Fibreboard (MDF)
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Sustainability cannot be achieved Sustainability is not a destination. This idea seems to contradict the familiar schematic of sustainable development; the borromean rings where sustainable development is the “sweet spot” between the competing needs of society, economy and the environment. Truely sustainable development is one in which society and the economy aligns with the environment as opposed to being at odds with it. Thus, if we draw a conceptual framework of sustainability; it would not be three separate circles in a triangular fashion – with a small section of each overlapping, but rather three circles directly transcribed unto one another – forming one single circle. Advances in thought in areas such as industrial ecology, biomimicry and cradle to cradle design, bring us closer to this ideal model however we are still far from it and realistically, would never truly get there. Yvon Chouniard, describes it best when he says “Sustainability is a process, not a real goal, and all you can do is work towards it”. Such an ethereal concept is comparable to the Buddhist idea of “nirvana” – a transcendent state of perfect peace and happiness which cannot be achieved but merely strived towards. Therefore one can describe sustainability as a state in which man is in perfect harmony with nature – a state we cannot fully achieve, but merely strive towards.
Good job Katrina!!!
Ryan Assiu graduated from the University of the West Indies with a degree in Environmental and Natural Resource management and is currently pursuing his MSc in Sustainable Development & Climate Change at Antioch University of New England. He works actively with NGOs to research and develop community currency systems to foster community resilience and adaptive capacity.
Water History World Water Day is celebrated on the 23rd March as such here is a little piece of water history for you. DID YOU KNOW? The Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve is on record as the oldest legally protected forest reserve geared specifically towards a water conservation purpose. It was established on April 13th 1776, by an ordinance which states in part, that the reserve is “for the purpose of attracting frequent showers of rain upon which the fertility of lands in these climates doth entirely depend.”
Down 1. A plant 3. All members of a species living in the same habitat 6. An organism which causes dead organisms to decay 9. An organism that that needs to eat to live 10. Non – living components 13. A meat and plant eater 15. A group of ecosystems of similar characteristics
Caribbean Region Abuzz with P3DM Activities Farzaana Baksh P3DM stands for Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling and its name describes it perfectly. It is a three-dimensional model that is constructed using a participatory approach – an approach which ensures that all relevant stakeholders are engaged in the process. P3DM is ideally a tool for building resilience of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to the impacts of climate change. It is used to bring communities together and empower them to make decisions that will affect their livelihoods, culture, heritage and the natural resources found in their communities.
The map-making exercise was facilitated by Kenn Mondiai, from Partners with Melanesians and Kain Zindapan from the Philippine Association for Intercultural Development, Philippines. The event was organized by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI). In November 2012, the model was used by the people of Tobago to produce a civil society agenda addressing climate change issues on the island. This activity was also facilitated by CANARI. The P3DM process has since been replicated in two other Caribbean countries. In Union Island of the Grenadines - after much hype and anticipation by the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines - the P3DM activity ended in March 2013. In Grenada, the process ended in April 2013. The activities in these two Caribbean countries were facilitated by Sustainable Grenadines (SusGren).
In October 2012, the phrase ‘P3DM’ became popular to many Tobagonians. On October 13 2012, the pilot model in the Caribbean - of Tobago - was handed over to the people of Tobago. The model was built by a total of 107 residents of Tobago including students and volunteers from the island, elders and invited guests.
Regional facilitators pose with the almost completed 3D model of Tobago. Three of our members were part of this team, Farzaana Baksh, Kemba Jaramogi and Che Dillon. Taken in October 2012. Photo credit: CANARI
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DATE: Sunday 19th May, 2013 TIME: 9:00am – 5:00pm LOCATION: Fondes Amandes Resource Centre We would like to invite all members who would like to attend. This retreat is to construct our path forward for the next six (6) months. So if you have any ideas that you would like to share and would like to be part of the planning process of the activities in the Chapter, please indicate your attendance by emailing to email@example.com or
SAN C IT Y GR EEN E XP O
see link https://www.facebook.com/events/511082108940485/?ref=3 This four day Expo seeks to showcase environmental products, services, NGOs and CBOs in a fun and eco-friendly expo showcase. CYEN-TT will have a booth throughout the event displaying information as well as items from our upcoming “Upcycling Concept” project. Volunteers for the days are welcome!!
TURTLE W ATCHIING, GRAND RIVIERE
DATE: Friday 24th May, 2013 TIME: 7:00pm – 12:00am
Sancity Green Expo 2013 Thursday April 25th - Sunday April 28th 10am - 10pm daily Skinner Park San Fernando
LOCATION: Grand Riviere
this!! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
COST: $100.00 We will be heading to the highest density beach for nesting leatherback turtles in the world! It will be an experience so you don’t want to miss contact Channan Patrick or Sharlene Subit at 474-6389 or 732-1164. W ORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
DATE: Saturday May 18th
World Environment Day is celebrated on the
TIME: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
5th June every year. This year there are several
LOCATION: Frank Stockdale Building, UWI
activities for you to take part in:
Green on the Avenue: Friday 31st May @
Adam Smith Square, 4pm – 10pm
Overview of San City Green Expo 2013
Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation
Presentation on United Global Shift Seminar
Project – 5th June @ Fondes Amandes St
Ann’s, 10am – 12noon
Announcement of 'Member of the Quarter' for CYEN-TT
UNDP Knowledge Fair – 5th June @ NAPPA,
POS, 9am – 6pm. CYEN-TT will be having a booth here and Sustain T&T will be launching
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