The Energy Globe Awards recognise inspirational actions by groups in 178 countries around the world to tackle environmental problems and are under the patronage of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and in cooperation with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
This was the first time that this prestigious award was awarded to a NGO in Trinidad and Tobago.
The North East Tobago Climate Change Champions Network is a group of 14 dedicated residents representing a number of community groups. They were trained in climate change and its potential impacts on their environment and now combine this knowledge with their local expertise to reach out in their home communities to discuss how climate change is already affecting people and ecosystems, how it is likely to do so in the future, and what can be done to build social and environmental resilience to this threat.
Community groups represented by the North East Tobago Climate Change Champions are:
Roxborough Police Youth Club, Know Behaviour Carnival Group, Charlotteville Police Youth Club, Speyside Youth Club, Bloody Bay Fisherfolk Association, Bloody Bay Main Ridge Nature Explorers, Roxborough Estate Visitor Service Co-operative, Parlatuvier Village Council, L’Anse Fourmi Village Council, North East Sea Turtles, Speyside Eco Marine Park Rangers, Spencer’s Dive Adventures.
The Climate Change Champions Network was launched as part of the “Climate ACTT: Action by Civil Society in Trinidad and Tobago to Build Resilience to Climate Change” project. This large national project was implemented by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) in collaboration with Conservation International (CI) with support from BHP Billiton Trinidad and Tobago, which generously decided to continue funding the project until 2019.
This award shows how partnerships between forward-thinking companies such as BHP Billiton Trinidad and Tobago, international and local NGOs such as CI, CANARI and ERIC, and dedicated people in their own communities can make a real, on-the-ground difference to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
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