With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.
National ENERGY GLOBE Award Barbados 2017
Youth are the future and instilling an environmental conscience in them is invaluable and crucial to the environmental and economic sustainability of nations. The Barbados Youth Corps (BYC), a partnership of Future Centre Trust (FCT) and Clean Nova Scotia Foundation (Clean), provides Barbadian post-secondary students, age 18-30, with training and paid internships within the environmental field, while providing services to and working with communities for the betterment of the local environment.
There are many under-/unemployed people in Barbados. Most internships in Barbados are unpaid and with the changes to tuition policies in the country, students have a large financial burden which makes working unpaid a nonviable option for many.
As a solution, they provide the youth in Barbados with meaningful paid employment in the environmental field while gaining useful lifelong skills and the confidence to move into the low-carbon economy as green leaders. They engage and connect also local community groups in Barbados. The piloted program acts also as a model and lays groundwork for further expansion and collaboration of Youth Corps in the Caribbean and beyond. Cooperation on environmental and sustainability projects and opportunities were the goals.
The Youth Corps concept is innovative as it targets a skilled and inspired yet under-/unemployed fragment of the population and provides them with supported, meaningful, paid internships that relate to their field of study and/or interests. This type of transition requires students who are literate in issues and jobs that thrive in a low-carbon economy. Due to the replication of the Nova Scotia model, interns from Barbados and Nova Scotia were able to connect and share their experiences which encouraged cross-cultural learning, a global awareness of environmental and climate change issues, and grew the network.
Barbados Youth Corps (BYC)
Climate change and environmental concerns are changing the shape of the global job market and increasing demand for innovation. To create a sustainable and thriving greener economy, the world needs youth who develop a career path focused specifically on environmental and sustainability issues, or who are able to integrate sustainability into their work and career path within traditional sectors. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Barbados is a project that offers a paid employment in the environmental field. Young people get a job perspective and motivation saving the environment. Congratulations on your initiative!