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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Trinidad and Tobago 2017

Submitted by: Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville
Project: Climate Change Champions Network

The Network of climate change champions seeks to build environmental and social climate change resilience in northeast Tobago and engages their communities, thus providing a locally proactive approach to this global threat.

Initial situation
Trinidad and Tobago is arguably experiencing the impacts of climate change, from ocean acidification, coral bleaching and sea level rise to an increase in annual average temperatures and general reduction in precipitation. Medium-term projections suggest a significant increase in climate-driven risks across a range of social and economic sectors, particularly the agricultural sector, water resources, marine and coastal resources, and human health resources.

Solution
ERICs team identified the need to start acting regarding climate change issues. The creation of a cadre of 16 climate change champions who understand and are able to explain the impacts of climate change, the asses of the vulnerability of the terrestrial and coastal environment, the establishment of a sustainable climate change engagement network and the implementation of a climate change awareness snorkeling tour will raise public awareness and help to protect the ecosystem.

Innovation
14 northeast Tobago Climate Change Champions were educated, equipped with basic knowledge on the causes of climate change, its potential impacts to natural and human ecosystems and its services and the need for mitigation and adaptation strategies to protect our ecosystem and livelihoods. The Climate Change Champions were exposed to two simple vulnerability assessment techniques, namely structured surveys and community mapping.

Jury-Rating
Raising awareness to climate change is the first step in a better future. Education is a valuable resource and essential to change the world, and we hope more Climate Change Champions will be recruited.



Capital: Port-of-Spain
Official language: English
Total area: 5,131 kmĀ²
Population: 1.349.667
GDP/Capita/Year: $15 072
Source: Wikipedia 2012