WED in Barbados Begins

WED Day 2 in Barbados: ‘For the life of SIDS: Plant a tree’

Contributed by: Jamilla Sealy (CYEN)

The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) spearheaded a tree-planting initiative as part of the celebrations for World Environment Day (WED) and the 2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on 2 June 2014 in Barbados.  

CYEN and partners

William Clarke, President of CYEN-Barbados making brief remarks

Minister of Environment and Drainage with students

CYEN members (white shirts) with Donna King-Brathwaite from the Ministry of Environment and Drainage and UNEP DCPI Director Naysán Sabha

The plan was to plant fruit trees in schools all over the island to take action against the several challenges that SIDS face, such as, food security, biodiversity, climate change and sustainable land management. CYEN has been working with the SIDS process since its inception in 1994. During this International Year of SIDS, members from different islands are promoting the plight of SIDS to the public and especially the youth. This initiative was part of that continued effort to promote sustainable development in SIDS.

The theme for the tree-planting initiative was: ‘For the life of SIDS: Plant a tree’. At present, twenty-two schools are involved in the tree-planting initiative.  Read Full Story here.