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5Cs Daily Tip: Green Product Certification

#5CsDailyTips A labelling program for energy efficient homes, building products, electronics and appliances.  ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. No product will ever be 100% “green,” since all product development will have some … Continue reading

5Cs Daily Tip: Green Product Certification

#5CsDailyTips When looking to go green at the dinner table many will look for certified organic foods.  The United States Department of Agriculture has implemented the National Organic Program, which will indicate whether an agricultural product was produced in such a way that integrates biological, cultural and mechanical processes to conserve biodiversity and foster cycling … Continue reading

5Cs Daily Tip: Green Product Certification

#5CsDailyTips The terms “green” or “sustainable” often refer to products, services or practices that allow for economic development while conserving for future generations. A green product is one that has less of an environmental impact or is less detrimental to human health than the traditional product equivalent. While on the topic of defining a green … Continue reading

CXC Launch Event in Guyana

The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and the Ministry of Education in Guyana will launch a new CAPE subject, Green Engineering, next Thursday 28 July at 10:00 am. Please see this link to share the event on your page: https://www.facebook.com/events/310824749306559/ The launch will be streamed and you follow it using this link: http://www.cxc.org/cxctv

5Cs Daily Tip: Cut the dairy

#5CsDailyTips It takes a lot of resources to raise cows, and it’s especially bad if you buy beef from countries where it was grazed on land that used to be tropical forest but was cleared for agricultural use. Deforestation is a top contributor to carbon emissions and thus climate change. #CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon

5Cs Daily Tip: Use Energy Efficient Appliances

#5CsDailyTips Make energy efficiency a primary consideration when choosing a new furnace, air conditioning unit, dishwasher, or refrigerator. Products bearing the ENERGY STAR label are recognized for having superior efficiency. #CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon

5Cs Daily Tip: Reduce Air Travel

#5CsDailyTips Air travel is the biggest impediment today to living on less energy. Use of new video meeting systems is already reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from planes, trains and automobiles. Increase your use of video-conferencing tools like Skype and Facetime. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) utilizes Polycom and zoom, what video conferencing … Continue reading

5Cs Daily Tip: Recharge It

#5CsDailyTips Use rechargeable batteries instead of throwaway batteries in devices that need standard batteries. Batteries contain a number of chemicals that are considered toxic such as acid, lead, nickel, lithium, cadmium, alkaline, mercury and nickel metal hydride.  The batteries that are thrown into the landfills will eventually breakdown and leach into the environment causing contamination to … Continue reading

Should the Caribbean and Latin America should integrate more ?

Why the Caribbean and Latin America should integrate more

Caribbean nations could work more closely together to promote trade and tourism and battle climate change and can integrate more closely with Latin America, say top politicians.

Dr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, speaking at the seventh summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Havana, Cuba, says integration in Latin America and the Caribbean is realistic and would help the region face common challenges.

He urged the nations to work together and use honest dialogue to resolve differences and promote friendship.

Caribbean countries should work together as they are united by history, geography and biology. To achieve the common good, it is essential to maintain a dialogue about air and maritime transport, trade, tourism and technology.

To boost tourism in the Greater Caribbean Region and help it compete more strongly against other nations, air and maritime connectivity between islands and countries should be improved, the conference heard, which will also boost inter-regional tourism and property investment.

The theme of the conference is in building a dialogue and strategies to collectively combat the negative impacts of climate change and develop programmes in the focal areas of trade, transport, disaster risk reduction and sustainable tourism.

ACS is currently carrying out special projects and consultations to conserve and preserve natural heritage, the Caribbean Sea and coral reefs, which will help address climate change. The projected cost for the start of such projects is US$6million.

The Greater Caribbean Region aims to persuade the rest of the world, especially the middle-income and developed countries that it is one of the most fragile regions in the world and is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. If nothing is done, it is possible that some countries in the Caribbean Region can disappear within the 50-100 years due to rising sea levels.

It is therefore critical that other countries and regions internationally join with the Greater Caribbean to tackle these issues and to Work Together for a Sustainable Caribbean.

Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Council of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, speaking at the summit which marks 20 years since Cuba last hosted an ACS meeting says, “Our Association was established with the objective of bringing the entire Caribbean family together, including territories which are part of European States. We recognize the contribution they have all made, as well as the French Republic and the Netherlands, in their status of Associate Members. We hope they shall continue working along the same lines, and that other Caribbean territories also join us.

“The commitments of States in the region to not interfere, directly or indirectly, in the internal affairs of any other State, and to abide by the principles of national sovereignty, equality of rights and the free determination of the peoples; to promote friendly and cooperative relations between them, and with other nations; to exercise tolerance and live in peace; and, to fully respect every State’s inalienable right to choose its political, economic, social and cultural system are unavoidable conditions to peace, harmony, development and the integration of our countries.

“Peace and stability, the defence of the interests of our peoples, and the exercise of sovereignty and self-determination, without foreign interference, are essential elements to advance toward the integration and cooperation goals that we have set ourselves.

“The current juncture makes us to wonder, how can we consolidate what has been achieved so far and keep moving on? Due to the experience of the lost decade, we are all aware that a new neoliberal wave, which dismantles inclusive social policies; increases poverty, inequality and market deregulation; neglects environmental protection, and diminishes the role of the State will prevent us from fulfilling the objectives of regional integration and cooperation that we aspire to conquer.

“But, Cuba will continue working from the presidency of the Council of Ministers of the Association, with the purpose of strengthening this mechanism and joining forces to confront collective challenges.”

Dr Keith Rowley, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, said his country supports its Caribbean neighbours on the basis of the common objectives of the ACS, and they are committed, on this premise, not to interfere directly or indirectly in the affairs of other nations.

He suggested that the members of the ACS take part in other forums as a single nation, in which all of them must be recognized and respected.

The Association of Caribbean States is the organization for consultation, cooperation and concerted action in trade, transport, sustainable tourism and natural disasters in the Greater Caribbean.

Its Member States are Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela.

Its Associate Members are Aruba, Curacao, (France on behalf of French Guiana, Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin), Guadeloupe, Martinique, Sint Maarten, (The Netherlands on behalf of Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius), Turks and Caicos.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Use Both Sides

#5CsDailyTips Configure your office printer or copy machine so it prints on both sides of the page. It is cost effective and cuts down on the amount of paper used. #CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon

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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Lunch Smartly

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Bringing lunch to work in reusable containers is likely the greenest (and healthiest) way to eat at work.
Getting delivery and takeout almost inevitably ends with a miniature mountain of packaging waste. But if you do order delivery, join coworkers in placing a large order (more efficient than many separate ones).
Bring in a reusable plate, utensils, and napkins.
If you do go out for lunch, try biking or walking instead of driving.
#CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon Go Green at Work #5csdailytips  The greenest paper is no paper at all, so keep things digital and dematerialized whenever possible. The more you do online, the less you need paper.
Keep files on computers instead of in file cabinets (this also makes it easier to make offsite backup copies or take them with you when you move to a new office).
Review documents onscreen rather than printing them out.
Send emails instead of paper letters.
New software like Greenprint helps eliminate blank pages from documents before printing and can also convert to PDF for paperless document sharing.
#CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon Walk or cycle to work.
Take public transportation and buy bulk passes to save money.
If you must drive, carpool or car share.
Choose hybrid rentals and taxis.
Even at the 5Cs a member of the Communications Unit has decided to take a bicycle ride. So why don’t you do the same?#CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon #5csdailytips The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) provides climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States through the CARICOM Secretariat. The staff and management of the CCCCC wishes you a happy CARICOM Day. CARICOM Day is observed annually on 4 July, the anniversary of the signing, by the founding Member States, of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas.
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#CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon Plastic Recycling
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In some CARICOM countries plastic bottles are reused to sell fresh juices, coconut oil and coconut water. How do you use your recycled bottles at home?  In Belize, Fashion Designer Joris Hendrik  uses garbage bags and plastic to show that there are creative ways to recycle. The outfits he made from plastic were all created to raise environmental awareness. Follow @jorishendrik 
Recycling one ton of plastic saves:

5,774 kWh energy
16.3 barrels (685 gallons) of oil
98 million Btu's of energy
30 cubic yards of landfill space
Plastic Recycling Tips

Prepare plastic containers for recycling by ensuring first that they are either: 
#1 (PETE): soda-pop bottles, cooking-oil bottles and peanut-butter jars

#2 (HDPF): milk, water and juice bottles, bleach and detergent bottles, margarine tubs and some grocery sacks

#3 (PVC): window cleaner bottles, cooking-oil containers and detergent powder containers

#4 (LDPE): food packaging, shrink-wrap, carryout bags and heavy-duty bags

#5 (PP): butter and margarine tubs, yogurt containers, screw-on caps and drinking straws

#6 (PS): often incorrectly referred to as Foam cups or packing materials, a Dow Chemical brand trademark, the category includes cutlery and plates, foam coffee cups, egg cartons, meat trays and yogurt containers

#7 (Other): squeezable syrup and condiment bottles and some microwave food trays

These identification codes are often on the bottom of the plastic container encircled by three chasing arrows.
Remove plastic tops from the plastic containers being recycled and rinse containers with water.
Crushing containers will help save space while storing them.
#CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon #5csdailytips  Recycling one ton of cardboard saves:

390 kWh of energy
1.1 barrels (46 gallons) of oil
6.6 million Btu's of energy
Cardboard Recycling Tips

Prepare cardboard for recycling by removing all other materials in the box such as plastic wrap, polystyrene peanuts and other packing materials.
Break down cardboard boxes to save storage space.
Try to keep cardboard dry and free from food waste. Cardboard can get wet and still be recycled, but is more difficult to carry due to the added weight of the water.
#CariCliMeet #CARICOMClimate #CaribbeanClimate #CaribbeanClimateTips #CARICOMClimateTips #ClimateChange #climateresilience #climatechangeadaptation #climatechangemitigation #environment #LowCarbon

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