WED 2014 is being globally hosted by Barbados, a small Caribbean island leading the way in solar energy.
As one of the smallest independent states in the world, Barbados faces many challenges like climate-induced sea level rise and vulnerability to natural disasters. The country is steadfastly overcoming these challenges through its work in transitioning to a green economy.
In celebrating WED this year, the country’s goal is “to be heard loudly and clearly, maintaining the place of Barbados firmly in the mainstream of the discourse and action on the future of Small Island Developing States,” according to Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart.
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Highlights of the WED 2014 Programme in Barbados include:
Barbados kicks off a week-long celebration running until Saturday 7 June. Barbadians are urged to celebrate by making a pledge for WED. There are 21 pledges to choose from including: buy local, use a reusable bag for shopping, use less packaging, carpool and more. Learn more
One of the key events on this day is the launch of a fruit tree planting initiative in schools, themed on “Promoting Food Security, Biodiversity and Climate Responsibility”. The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) will be one of the participants.
The coast of Barbados, and its climate adaptation efforts will be the focus of the day. A coastal tour will include Holetown and Folkestone Park and Marine Reserve.
A View of Folkstone Marine Reserve
The Bellairs Research Institute will be the site of an Open House on Coral Reef Ecosystems Stewardship, Climate Adaptation Related Field Studies.
The highlight of the celebrations on Thursday, 5 June is the WED global event at Independence Square. Barbadians are encouraged to wear green on that day. The week will be capped by closing ceremonies at Consett Bay, which is the site of a UNEP-University of West Indies (UWI) project on Sustainable Resource Management.