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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 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 Cuba 2018

Submitted by: Bright Light Volunteers International
Cuba Unlocked

Bright Light Volunteers International recruits student and adult groups to volunteer and participate in environmental conservation projects with the aim of improving the environment. Just six months after Cuba was opened to Americans in 2014, Bright Light Volunteers sent an exploratory team to set up projects in Viñales. Volunteers work together on a local organic vegetable farm to increase food production while reducing soil and water contamination from the use agro chemicals.

Initial situation
Before Bright Light Volunteers was involved in helping the Cuban farmers of Viñales, farmers used to spend a lot of time working on the farm to provide enough food for the attached restaurant and the community. Organic farming was not very common so the farmers continued to use agro chemicals without much information regarding their impact on the soil and environment.

To find a solution, Bright Light Volunteers work very closely with an independent guide who coordinates their organic farming and soil replenishing projects on the farm. The projects are customized to the group’s abilities and desires. Bright Light Volunteers have worked with very motivated groups who always want to work longer to improve the state of their environment.

Since Cuba is a very remote area, limited in its technological advances, Bright Light Volunteers’ selected group of volunteers get to learn first-hand how to farm without big machinery, and chemicals. This is a very important lesson that is widely embraced by a lot of people within the selected communities who in turn intend to implement in their own organic gardens at home.

Capital: Havana
Official language: Spanish
Total area: 109.884 km²
Population: 11.241.894
GDP/Capita/Year: $5.100
Source: Wikipedia 2012