Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group

Meeting of the Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group (GE ALG)

May 1st – 3rd 2013

Earlier this month, a blueSpace Project Coordinator, attended a Meeting of the Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group in Saint Lucia. The meeting was hosted by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), a non-profit organization that operates in St. Lucia, St. Croix and Trinidad & Tobago. Under the CANARI Green Economy Strategic Programme, a vision to create a new model of economic development that ensures natural resources are conserved and distributed in an equitable manner is being developed. CANARI is currently working towards the goal of sustainable development in the Caribbean along with various partners such as blueSpace – The Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) and The Green Economy Coalition.

(Source: CANARI)

The Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group is a collaborative research programme that is supported by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Areas that the research programme has aimed to explore include: the structure and character of the Caribbean economy, the potential benefits of a green economy, and the role of governments in moving towards the green economy. The three day meeting included partners from Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, the U.K. and the U.S.A. that are experts in various fields related to developing green economies.

A presentation was made based on a draft report titled “The Green Urban Economy in the Caribbean” by Dr. Asad Mohammed, Anya Thomas (CARICOM) and Martha J. Arthur (CARICOM) to the members of the Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group. The presentation was under the research programme’s priority area for action research concerning sustainable urban development. The importance of developing the Caribbean Urban Agenda as it can assist in facilitating the development of a green economy. The urbanization of the Caribbean is expected steadily increase which provides an opportunity to improve the urban sector.

Currently the research programme is near the end of phase one and the Action Learning Group has further refined the vision for a green economy based on previous dialogue and work completed in the Caribbean. To learn more about the CANARI Green Economy strategic programme, visit their website

Earth Day 2013

Happy Earth Day!
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Today, across the globe people are participating in various events to raise awareness about environmental issues that negatively affect the earth and people alike.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 during the time of the environmental movement in the United States which was driven by many factors such as unregulated pollution created by the industrial sector. Since then, the creation of many organizations and regulatory bodies (government and non-government) that concern themselves with environmental issues have allowed for many policy changes that help to protect the natural resources of the earth as well as the human population.

Here in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the organization that addresses environmental concerns in the region is the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) which was established in 1979. The Institute’s environmental health mandate focuses on the impacts of human activity on the environment and the consequent effects on human health and the socio-economic development of CARICOM States.

(Source: CEHI)

Internationally, the Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. This year, the Earth Day Network is running a campaign called “The Face of Climate Change” which aims to raise awareness about the individual people, places, and animals that climate change is affecting.

Through this campaign, the Earth Day Network is highlighting the solutions and showcasing the collective power of individuals taking action across the world. In doing so, they hope to inspire leaders across the globe to act and inspire ourselves to increase our efforts in the fight against climate change.

(Source: EDN)

You can contribute in the Face of Climate Change by visiting

blueSpace – The Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) will be going around the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus today to discuss with students and staff the issue of climate change in the Caribbean and how it is affecting their community as well as their livelihoods.

Hope you’re not camera shy! We will also be taking pictures for the Face of Climate Change Wall for the Earth Day Network. Here are some pictures we already took!

Earth Day Collage
How can you get involved? Attend an Earth Day event in your community, start doing something to lower your carbon footprint, and take a photo of yourself being part of the solution and upload it to the Face of Climate Change Wall.

What are you doing for Earth Day? Leave a comment below!

Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter and send us a message about how you are celebrating #EarthDay @blueSpaceCNULM! We will be tweeting more about the #FaceOfClimate