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Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability at times appear complex and overwhelming. On The Climate Conscious Podcast environmentalist Derval Barzey interviews guests on elements of sustainability, dissects key environmental issues, and explores pathways to striking a balance between People, Planet and Profit within the Caribbean context. Each episode provides actionable insights on reducing the carbon footprint in sectors such as business, industry, civil society, and as everyday consumers. The Climate Conscious Podcast is on a journey to raise the consciousness of the human impact on the environment and our individual and collective responsibility to address the urgent climate crisis. Join The Climate Conscious Community on Instagram: @theclimateconscious.
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Today is the one year anniversary of The Climate Conscious Podcast. We partnered with the Sargassum Podcast to amplify the voices of those affected by the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent. La Soufriere volcano first erupted on April 09, 2021. Hosts: Derval Barzey (The Climate Conscious Podcast), Franziska Elmer and Robby Thigpen (Sargassum Podcast) interviewed Melissa de Freitas, Maxine Trotman and Tessa Davy. Melissa is a Geophysicist working as Energy Officer at the Energy Unit of the Government of St. Vicent. Maxine currently lives in Atlanta Georgia and organizes relief effort from there and Tessa is a retired healthcare professional and is currently on St. Vincent for her tourism related work. Melissa and Tessa share their experience of the volcanic eruptions.  Maxine shares her work mobilizing relief for st. Vincent. We encourage you to use the channels accessible to you to support the recovery efforts for St. Vincent. Ways to donate:Non profit Constructive Solution Inc., which is coordinating immediate distribution to affected citizens in St. Vincent: https://tinyurl.com/7pkypx8c​​Bank transfer to Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Account General-Disaster Relief fund: www.gov.vcJoin The Climate Conscious Community:Instagram | Twitter | FacebookEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Uk9D30o)
On this episode I sit down with environmentalist, activist and fellow Climate Reality Leader, Christine Samwaroo to discuss the intersection of Gender and Environment. In the Caribbean region we are already experiencing the physical and socio-economic effects of climate change: extreme weather events, sea level rise, drought, flooding, and sargassum seaweed invasion. However, the ongoing Climate Crisis places a particularly heavy burden on women and girls. Women and men experience environmental changes differently. The imbalance of power not only undermines the ability of vulnerable groups to adapt and recover but are also pose a major threat to our collective capacity to build resilience to the Climate Crisis and achieve Sustainable Development. The special circumstances women face when confronted with environmental and other impacts must be mainstreamed into all decision making. Christine Samwaroo focuses on on climate justice and sustainability in Guyana and the Caribbean. She has a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management. Currently, she is a Senior Environmental Officer at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Christine is the Founder of The Breadfruit Collective, an emerging NGO which aims to work at the intersection of gender and environmental justice. Connect with Christine HERE. Join The Climate Conscious Community:Instagram | Twitter | FacebookEmail: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Uk9D30o)
Acknowledging that organizations cannot thrive in a disintegrating  society, Sustainability Consultant, Melanie J. Richards, explores the interconnection of corporate, societal and environmental governance. There is a clear case for responsible business; for social and environmental considerations to be given equal emphasis as economic and financial indicators. Additionally, the Pandemic has highlighted the  gross inequalities which corporate entities can no longer ignore,  further emphasizing the importance of an integrated relationship between private sector, pubic sector ad civil society. Everyone has a role to play.Through her consultancy CSR Solutions Ltd. Melanie helps organizations to move away from ad hoc social spend to incorporating sustainability into their operations,  measuring the impact created and engaging with their stakeholders in a meaningful way. Melanie Richards is the founder of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Solutions Ltd., established in 2007 with a vision of making organizations more responsible in the areas of environment, society and governance (ESG). As an independent consultant she works across all sectors (private, public and civil society) in consulting, research, stakeholder engagement and capacity building.Connect with Melanie on LinkedInJoin The Climate Conscious Community:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Uk9D30o)
Is waste the new oil? Shawn C. Roberts thinks so.  As the Managing Director of Recycling Waste & Logistics (RWL) he is responsible for the first ever multiple-materials recovery Facility in Trinidad and Tobago. The Tobago Recycling Resource Initiative is Public Private Partnership (PPP) with RWL and the Tobago House of Assemble. It not only reduces pollution from plastics and other materials  but also provides employment, stimulates community development, and generates foreign exchange. This innovative project is propelling Tobago towards its ambitious goal of becoming a zero waste to landfill island. When we rethink waste as a resource, there is no limit to the value that can be derived. RWL is a manufacturing company that processes recyclable wastes into marketable commodities for reuse as raw materials. The company was founded by Shawn C. Roberts and Lisa Sandy-Roberts with a combined experience of 25 years waste & supply chain management, trading of recyclable commodities and research & market developmentCheck out RWL hereStay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
When it comes to sustainability, what role do you play? How do we move beyond  Sustainability being the latest buzzword to being fully integrated in all sectors of society?On episode 18 of The Climate Conscious, Derval sits down with Kellee Ann Richards St Claire and Aldon Jasper, hosts of the LinkedIn web series: Climate Chats, to discuss the role of policy and the importance of stakeholder engagement in accelerating the urgently needed sustainability transition. Aldon Jasper is a security professional with over twenty (20) years experience. He has a particular interest in the intersection of National Security issues, Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability.  He is also the confounder of the LinkedIn web series titled Climate Chats which advises businesses and the wider public on managing climate risk by incorporating sustainability issues into business decisions. Aldon is a holder of a double major BSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Management and Geography, a MSc in Climate Change and Risk Management and MBA Sustainable Energy Management. Kellee Ann Richards-St Clair has 15 years’ experience in the energy industry and is the cofounder of the linkedin web series titled Climate Chats which offers advice to business and the wider public on managing climate risk and embedding sustainability considerations into business operations. Kellee Ann Richards-St Clair is a Global Energy Markets Specialist and provides consultancy on corporate strategic risks. She has a BSc Chemistry and Management, MSc Project Management and MBA Sustainable Energy Management.Check out Climate Chats here.Stay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.com
The definition of 'development' has evolved from purely economic terms, measured as GDP, to one that includes the ecological and social dimensions. On the season finale, host Derval Barzey discusses the concept of Sustainable Development with Dr. Nanda Dulal Das.  This is defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). https://sdgs.un.org/goalsAlong the pursuit of the SDGs there are many obstacles, including the ongoing pandemic, as well as protectionist policies by individual countries, and a lack of accurate data.  With vast differences in populations size, India (1.3 Billion) and Trinidad & Tobago (1.3 Million) share some of the challenges to achieving Sustainable Development. Both countries have achieved 1 out of 17 SDGs and the others are in varying stages of progress. Despite the challenges, Dr. Dulal Das remains optimistic that the SDGs are in fact  achievable. He is particularly interested in "Goal 2 of the SDG: Zero Hunger" and "Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities" and offers possible solutions to assist developing nations: relieving the debt burden through wavering of loan and interest rate pardon from development banksintroduction of food credits (similar to carbon credits) redirecting the labour force to agriculture to boost food production using technology to maximize resources Get in touch with Nandahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-nanda-dulal-das-25742037/Stay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastThank you for listening!
"We don't need everybody to do it perfectly, we need everybody to try." This is how Chiara Lucie-Smith , founder of Harmony Eco feels about low waste, sustainable, eco-friendly living. Based in Trinidad and Tobago, Harmony Eco is providing  plastic free,  sustainable products that are "better for you, the earth, and your wallet." Products include the menstrual cup, toothpaste tablets, shavers, shampoo bars, solid dishwashing soap, reusable straws, and feature  biodegradable and reusable packaging. Low waste living requires a rethink of products, the design, packaging, and end of life. It also demands changes to our habits as consumers.  Responsible consumers are mindful of their product choices and are willing to detach from traditional items, embracing eco-friendly alternatives. A commitment to low waste living allows us to reduce our impact on the environment and balance the priorities of people, planet and profit. Check out Harmony Eco's sustainable products:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harmonyeco/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyecoStay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastThank you for listening!
A continuation of  (Episode 14) the discussion with Nneka Matthews on the implications of the ongoing energy transition. Matrix or Star Trek? What will out future be? Our current production and consumption patterns are approaching the limits of the earth's ecological capacity, and even exceeding it. Earth overshoot Day was recorded on 22 August 2020. On that day we exhausted the earth's ecological budget! https://www.overshootday.orgThe unsustainable nature of our economic models is manifested in negative social, environmental and economic impacts: biodiversity loss, deforestation, civil unrest, diseases, and more. As we confront the effects of climate change, the increasing demand for  sustainability is disrupting energy and economic systems. Countries and corporate entities are facing increased pressure to decarbonise and account for environmental and social impacts, not just returns to shareholders. In addition to conscious behaviour we also need new business models that are responsible in their use of resources. International energy companies have declared commitments to net zero targets to reduce CO2 emissions, signalling a major change in the sector. This ambitious goal will not materialise overnight. While fossil fuels will continue to be a part of the energy mix, investments in alternatives, namely renewables and energy efficiency, are increasing. Change is happening. How do we participate in this change? How do we in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean region create the future we want? It is impossible to move forward without making sustainability a central consideration in energy, economic and social systems. Nneka is optimistic about Trinidad and Tobago's energy future and its value proposition in the changing energy landscape. We identified some of the critical factors for participating in the evolving energy systems driven by the sustainability transition:FinancingData collection and analysisTechnology Long term vision and strategy Proactive policymakingConfidence in our ability to create a sustainable futureGet in touch with Nneka:LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/nneka-matthews/Stay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastThank you for listening!
The dampening of demand for fossil fuels, stimulated by the fight against climate change,  accelerated by the pandemic, is disrupting the energy sector in a major way. While the periodic upswing in price has produced massive profits for shareholders, it is injurious to consumers and the social and economic systems in many developing countries. In addition, the ecological impacts of fossil fuels are well documented as this sector is responsible for the lion’s share of greenhouse gas emissions that have resulted in global temperature rise and led to climate changeHydrocarbons are not only an important source of fuel but also inputs into a host of other processes and materials. Energy, economy, and environment are inextricably linked. While fossil fuels will continue to be relevant, there is growing demand for alternatives: renewables, to satisfy the need for clean energy and energy security. But have we found the “killer app” to replace the functionality provided by fossil fuels? How do we wean ourselves from this volatile yet lucrative fossil fuel economy? How do we reorganize our economic and industrial systems, our consumption patterns to decarbonizing energy systems? What does this mean for future society and economy? Energy consultant Nneka Matthews and Host Derval Barzey discuss the link between energy and economics and the influence of increased pressure for sustainability. We examine the evolving energy systems and the changing social contract.  Its tricky with GDP being so closely tied with energy consumption. Can we sustain economic activity as we encounter limits to growth and push the earth into ecological overshoot? Have we exhausted the existing business models? The wheels of change have started turning. All we have are a best guess of the outcomes. As dynamic and exciting as the energy sector is, this transition will be nothing less exhilarating. It’s fascinating to see how businesses and economies respond to the compelling case for decarbonization.  Will they be first movers or late adopters?So many issues to unpack. No simple answers Stay tuned for part 2 of the discussion. Get in touch with Nneka:LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/nneka-matthews/Stay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastThank you for listening!
Travel is a transformative experience that has the power to inspire, to empower and to make a positive impact. In the words of Marcelle Lawrence "As a tourist you go to have a nice time. But as a traveller you go to change your life." Marcelle  is the founder of Eco Island Travel which is the culmination of an inspiring experience as a volunteer in Guyana, and a love for nature. Based in Bermuda, this social enterprise seeks to change the way that we travel through an immersive experience that connects the traveller to the local community, its culture, cuisine and its challenges. It aims to engage and expose young, disenfranchised  youth to the marine environment and facilitate a deeper appreciation for this valuable resource. Climate change is an ongoing  thereat to the Caribbean region's tourism industry with its devastating impacts on both natural ecosystems and man-made infrastructure, from sea level rise and stronger, more frequent hurricanes. In addition, the COVID 19 pandemic has crippled this vital economic sector due to lockdowns and  travel restrictions. As we anticipate reopening and recovery, it's the ideal time to rethink the way we do tourism with a greater emphasis on sustainability, minimising the dark side of tourism: pollution, over-tourism, and repatriation of revenue. We must protect our natural assets such as coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass bed, building resilience not only for the sake of tourist but for the well-being of local communities.  How can you become a conscious, sustainable, impact traveller? Avoid single use plasticIntentionally support local producers. Consider extended stays Find out the needs of the local community and volunteer to assist We can even go a step further to regenerative tourism,  participating in initiatives that leave the destination better than we found it, for example assisting with conservation measures and managing the impact of climate change such as mangrove replantingWe gain so much from travel and if we are mindful, we can simultaneously give back, touching the lives of underserved and vulnerable groups. There are so many ways to make a difference. Start where you are. Do what you can. Progress over perfection. Get in touch with Marcelle: Website: https://ecoislandtravel.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/ecoislandtraveller/Stay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastThank you for listening!
On this episode of the Climate Conscious Podcast we discuss with Anna Chashchyna her interesting and inspiring journey to becoming a sustainability consultant, helping businesses operate in a sustainable manner, reduce costs, and effectively manage their environmental and social risks. Anna is also an environmentalist, keynote speaker and host of the podcast Sustainability Explored. After studying abroad, and facing the lack of employment opportunities in her chosen profession, she returned to Ukraine and launched her career in Sustainability. Initially she worked with a local bank developing their environmental and social management systems, before becoming an entrepreneur as an independent sustainability consultant.  She shares the lessons learned from persevering through the lack of demand for professionals in the environmental sustainability field. In the moment facing rejection seems like the end of the world but in retrospect you realise how the negative experience leads you to the right place. Working in the field of sustainability, not everyone sees it value. Anna focuses her energy on those who recognise the importance of the environment and positive social impact.  Her advice to aspiring Sustainability Professionals: Find your tribe that will provide emotional support along the journeyBe consistent and don't expect fast results. The compounding effect of consistent efforts will pay off. Develop the skill of effective and respectful communication. Anna also shares the important considerations for managing environmental and social impacts of renewable energy projects.  In the case of solar PV it is critical to consider the project life cycle, particularly the end of life of the pv panels.  Resources mentioned - 'The Checklist Manifesto' by Atul Gawande https://www.amazon.com/Checklist-Manifesto-How-Things-Right/dp/0312430000Contact Anna:Website: http://annachashchyna.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annachashchyna/ & https://www.linkedin.com/company/sustainability-explored/Fb group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sustainabilityexplored/Medium: https://medium.com/@SustainabilityExploredStay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Email: theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastThank you for listening! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Uk9D30o)
Although ubiquitous, the role of the earth’s greatest and oldest resource is often ignored. Yet soils serve essential functions, supporting the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural systems and improving climate resilience. Our lack of awareness of its value and continued mismanagement has resulted in a trend of soil degradation leading to increasing food insecurity. “I do not think we are in a position to guarantee our own food security.” – Dr. Gaius Eudoxie. Dr Gaius Eudoxie is an accomplished soil scientist and a true advocate for soils. His enthusiasm for soils has evolved into a fulfilling career, spanning 20+ years dealing with dirt. On Episode 11 of The Climate Conscious Podcast he chats with host Derval Barzey about the immense value of soils as the center of our ecosystems.Due to their limited land mass, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like countries of the Caribbean region should pay careful attention to the sustainable management of soils. There is an urgent need for national interventions to guarantee our food security and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture;which is linked to SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. Disruptions to food supply systems, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the absolute need for sustainable agricultural systems. Sustainable agriculture embodies the three dimensions of sustainability: Social, Economic and Environmental. Meeting these three criteria builds resilience against natural and man-made shocks such as the pandemic and the climate crisis. Additionally, soils are our allies in the fight against climate change through carbon sequestration. A clear strategy for sustainable use of soils lies in composting of organic waste to produce stable organic fertilizer. The incorporation of this stabilized organic matter offers many benefits to our soils here in the tropics, which are naturally low in organic matter, (less than 3%): 1.     Improving soil quality and the efficiency of agricultural production2.     Sequestration of carbon dioxide3.     Stabilizing the soils against erosion and degradation from intense rainfall4.     Minimizing waste through the circular model.  Dr Eudoxie takes us into the biochemical process of composting and the work of microbes in out living soils. He explains the distinction between decomposition and composting and concludes with useful tips for home gardeners.  Key take away: Treat our soils as the living element they are.  Resources mentioned: Global Soil Partnership of the UN FAO: https://youtu.be/invUp0SX49g Contact Dr. Eudoxie: gaius.eudoxie@sta.uwi.edu  Stay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1theclimateconscious@gmail.comBuy me a coffee sometime! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastThank you for listening! 
On the Season Finale Derval discusses the concept of Smart Cities with Stephan James.  Stephan is a techie, entrepreneur, social impact enthusiast and founder of Parkt. Inspired by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, this environmentally conscious startup provides sustainable solutions to real problems, beginning with parking and expanding into other areas such as lighting, waste management, and more. Parkt is aligned with Goal 11 of the SDGs: Sustainable cities and communities. The platform allows persons to pre-book parking, offer vacant spaces for parking, maximizing efficiency and ultimately reducing the carbon footprint in urban areas. Parkt is the first step in creating and scaling a sustainable mobility ecosystem and pioneering the development of Smart Cities within the region and beyond. Many of us have a smart phone, smart watches, why not live, work and play in smart cities?Smart cities use technology and data to improve the efficiency of its operation, enhance the quality of life of its occupants and boost the local economy. Efficiency augurs well for the sustainable development of urban areas. With growing populations, cities face several challenges such as congestion, waste disposal and pollution. Investment in physical infrastructure and the human and social capital will transform urban areas to become more innovative, and resilient, to the benefit of all stakeholders.Follow Parkt on Social MediaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/getparktapp/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/getparktappRemember to stay connected with The Climate Conscious Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Reach out with your questions and comments at theclimateconscious@gmail.comThank you for listening! Love what the Climate Conscious Podcast is doing? Consider supporting: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastShow music: Energizing by Kevin MacLeod.  
In this episode host Derval Barzey and artist Kavir Mootoo discuss the environmental and  socio-economic implications of the trillion dollar fashion industry. While fashion represents creativity, self-expression, glamour... it also represents 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. When we talk fashion, we must also talk about pollution and water scarcity, sweatshops and modern day slavery, micro-plastics and waste. Fast fashion, consumerism and materialism are driving nature to its limits with the insatiable desire to be in style.It is time we examine our relationship with fashion and the manner in which we assign value. Applying the seven Rs of Sustainability to the Fashion Industry highlights ways to reduce its heavy burden on the planet by disaggregating Fashion from overconsumption and waste:1. Rethink 2. Refuse3. Reduce 4. Reuse5. Repair6. Repurpose7. RecycleAs consumers, we can look good while doing good by making better choices and acting responsibly. Buy Less. Choose Well, & Take Good Care.Kavir Mootoo creates wearable art and 2-D art and is passionate about environmental sustainability, fashion, nature, landscape architecture and societal issues. Follow Kavir on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/a_gardeners_heart/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kavirmootooart/Connect with The Climate Conscious Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Reach out with your questions and comments at theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastShow music: Energizing by Kevin MacLeod.  
James Ellsmoor, entrepreneur and digital nomad, harnesses the power of the internet to bridge islands across the globe. He specializes in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Recognising the common challenges of sustainable development, James leads the Island Innovation Summit and its cohort of Island Innovation Ambassadors. Now in its second year, this free, online summit connects over 100 island communities to exchange ideas, information and strategies, spotlighting opportunities for collaboration, inspiring change and stimulating meaningful action. The Virtual Island Summit enables widespread participation of a diverse group of stakeholders in policymakers, academia, private sector and NGOs, spanning as far as the Pacific, Caribbean and Scottish Islands to address the complexities of the 17 SDGs. James was acknowledged in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Energy listing (2017). His non-profit Solar Head of State has worked with island governments to increase the visibility of Renewable Energy Technologies. Originally from the UK, James has lived, worked and travelled in over 60 countries. Follow James on Twitter https://twitter.com/jellsmoorRegister for the Virtual Island Summit 2020: 7-13 September 2020 https://www.islandinnovation.co/summit/Connect with The Climate Conscious Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1Reach out with your questions and comments at theclimateconscious@gmail.comLove what the Climate Conscious Podcast is doing?https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastShow music: Energizing by Kevin MacLeod.  
As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout, the climate crisis continues to intensify inequalities. While Small-Island Developing States (SIDS) and low income countries have had limited contribution to climate change they bear the heaviest burden of climate impacts. Dr. Keston Perry advocates for a system of climate reparations for climate, environmental and economic justice. He challenges the entrenched economic systems as well as the proposed green recovery strategy. The prevailing crises presents both an immense challenge and an immense opportunity for  shaping recovery and resilience. It's not about bouncing back but rather moving forward to our common future. Follow Dr. Perry  on Twitter https://twitter.com/kestontnt?s=20Connect with The Climate Conscious Podcast on Social MediaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with your questions and comments at theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastShow music: Energizing by Kevin MacLeod. 
Wanting to be closer to the impact of her work on end users Dagmara Avanindra pivoted her career from designing graphic systems and networking equipment in Silicon Valley to implementing renewable energy projects in the Caribbean. She recognized Sustainable Energy as the way to go and answered her calling to help make islands energy independent. Dagmara was drawn to the island of Aruba which was the first in the region to set a national target for renewable energy. Although falling short of its ambitions target for 100% renewables by 2020 much has been done to advance the island's sustainable energy transition. Dagmara's company, DAVA Energy Solutions Limited and her involvement in non-profit organizations are focused on making the best decisions for ourselves and the planet. She shares her experience implementing change in island energy systems. Dagmara promotes transparency between Utilities, Regulators and Consumers  as key to accelerating the rate sustainable energy project development. When implementing change we have to be ok with making mistakes. There is shared value from the challenges faced by first movers which can be applied to other islands in the region at varying stages of their sustainable energy transition.To contact Dagmara visit https://www.davaenergy.com/Interested in applying to the Clinton Foundation Women In Renewable Energy Mentorship Program? Visit:  https://www.clintonfoundation.org/our-work/clinton-climate-initiative/programs/WIRE-NetworkConnect with The Climate Conscious Podcast on Social MediaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with your questions and comments at theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastShow music: Energizing by Kevin MacLeod. 
On this episode Dr. Devon Garner, Head of the CARICOM Energy Unit outlines the importance of energy to Sustainable Development. Climate Change is the dark side of fossil fuels and the Caribbean remains one of the most vulnerable to its impacts. Traditional sources of energy in the form fossil fuels burden the region's economic, social and environmental systems. It is imperative that the region transforms its energy systems to become sustainable and resilient. For the region to sustain itself it requires energy that is clean, affordable and accessible. The Caribbean must tap into indigenous sources of energy, and where feasible, deploy technology to harness the wind, solar geothermal and hydro resources that are available. This requires judicious evaluations as solutions must be tailored to the unique Caribbean context. Dr. Gardner provides insight on the region's progress in implementing is Sustainable Energy Roadmap (C-SERMS) as well as his projections for the post-pandemic reality.Contact Dr. Gardner and the CARICOM Energy Unit at https://energy.caricom.org/Connect with The Climate Conscious Podcast on Social MediaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcconscious1I'd love to hear from you. Reach out with your questions and comments at theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastShow music: Energizing by Kevin MacLeod. 
Waste Management Educator and Consultant Sian Cuffy-Young is on a mission to change the way we think and act towards waste. Waste has value and by diverting much of it away from landfills we are able to not only harness this resource but also mitigate damage to the environmental from improper waste disposal. Sian promotes the philosophy of the 6 Rs of the waste hierarchy: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Repurpose, and Recycle. By adopting this philosophy of sustainable Waste Management we become waste efficient, ultimately reducing our carbon footprint. Connect with Siel Environmental Services Limited on Youtube https://youtu.be/HrfbV6RYdREFacebook https://www.facebook.com/sieltt/Join the Movement!Follow The Climate Conscious Podcast on Social MediaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theclimateconsciousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theclimateconscious/Please reach out to us with your questions, comments and feedback at theclimateconscious@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/tccpodcastShow music: Energizing by Kevin MacLeod
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Join Host Derval Barzey, environmentalist and sustainability advocate with 10 years experience in the field of environmental management, as she raises the consciousness of environmental issues and explores pathways to sustainability. 
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