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Caribbean Programme Director Nadia Cazaubon: Is Clear Water Clean Water?

Feb. 20, 2019 (St. Lucia) – Nadia Cazaubon is hard at work in St Lucia. She is busy directing the Caribbean arm of the organization, coordinating with the community, teaching them citizen science, and also looking to expand to new communities.

This talk is the 3rd in a series of 9 talks at the Saint Lucia Knowledge Fair. This event is organized by The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

So what’s the answer? Listen to the talk and find out from Nadia herself! 😉

Fall Newsletter for 2017

Read about all the things that Caribbean SEA has been up to in 2017! Read more

World Water Day salute!

Water.  We all require it for life.  We all need CLEAN water and LOTS of it!  Caribbean SEA and TenneSEA work at the grassroots level to empower kids and their communities to get clean water.  The Flint, Michigan water disaster was a wake up call for many to realize that you cannot take your water for granted.  The changing precipitation patterns throughout the Caribbean have led to water scarcity or tremendous flooding events.  Atlanta, Georgia faces water shortages not just because of increases in water use, but also because of changing precipitation patterns.  We CANNOT take our water for granted.

Today, we salute three water champions : Valerie Constantin-Regis, Naomi Abraham Moon, and Randal Hale. Read more

A day in Dominica….

Being in the Caribbean in February is usually a reason for envy, but this time the temperatures in Tennessee felt so springlike, it was actually difficult to leave the States!  These first pictures are from Dominica, the Nature Island, where rainforests cover much of the interior and the rainforests of the sea are vibrant and alive….except when they aren’t..  Nearly two years ago, Tropical Storm Erika dumped something like 27 inches of rain on the island in ten hours causing massive flooding and river erosion.  That sediment from the rivers is still heading out to the reefs near Coulibistrie, where my friend Izzy showed me the new deltas that have formed and the small, winding, tree covered streams which are now wide river beds devoid of trees.  Our plan is to evaluate the reefs and work on stream bank stabilization so maybe, just maybe, we can save these reefs.  We will need lots of help. Read more

Cuba protects life in the Caribbean at Jardines de la Reina

 

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I watched this video again today. I haven’t seen Goliath Grouper since I swam with them in the Bahamas when I was a kid. I am so impressed with Cuba’s protection of the mangrove and reefs. They are intimately connected. Without the mangrove nursery AND the coral reef, life in the Caribbean Sea will not flourish.

2016 End of Year Appeal

It’s time to think about water. Our Southeastern streams dried up during this drought and many communities were on severe water restrictions. Our mountains burned. We are so thankful for these first rainy days in months, but our need to protect our water will never end. Will you help? Read more

We attended the Media and Youth Workshop in Trinidad in 2014

What does the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance do? Where do we go? Well – we were invited to speak and teach in Trinidad and Tobago!

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A description of the Workshop:

Scenes from the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean‘s (GWP-C’s) first ever Media and Youth Workshop on Water Security and Climate Resilience on December 18th and 19th, 2014.The workshop aimed to provide Caribbean media and communication practitioners and active members of environmental youth organisations such as the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) with relevant information and training on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Climate Resilience.GWP-C recognises the critical importance of the role of Caribbean media and communication practitioners in advocating and building awareness on key development issues such as water security and its relationship with climate resilience. Also important to the GWP-C is encouraging and supporting young people and youth organisations to be fully active and engaged in learning and sharing knowledge on water and climate change issues.A key objective of the workshop is to also increase dialogue and knowledge exchange between media and communication practitioners and youth groups working on climate and water issues in the Caribbean.Special thanks to our partner, the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP) who collaborated with us to facilitate the field trip component of the workshop.

The workshop was executed under the GWP-C’s Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP).

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Giving Tuesday

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Today is Giving Tuesday. Please consider the Caribbean SEA and TenneSEA Kids 4 Clean Water in your charitable giving plans.

During the busy holiday season, please consider helping Caribbean and TenneSEA provide programs for Students and Communities to better protect and restore our precious water.  From rain gardens at schools in Tennessee  to constructed wetlands and latrines in under developed countries, our kids are leading the way to better water (and learning Science and Engineering at the same time)!

There are 3 ways you can help!

  • Donate using the button to the right!
  • Sign up for Amazon Smile and designate the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance as your favorite charity. Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance when you shop at AmazonSmile.
  • Volunteer!  We can use volunteers for event, student projects, restoration projects and in the Gear Closet!

Belize Clean Water Camp

It was Coral Reef Day at Clean Water Camp for San Mateo kids in Belize! We did a lot of studying how the coral reef was alive and the diversity of life found there. Everyone here likes to and needs to fish so losing fish populations would be a huge problem for them! Then the boys found a large stingray that was injured. We took her to cooler water using a piece of cloth as a stretcher. The kids were treated by Ecologic Divers to a snorkel trip to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley. They were amazed!! The squeals of turtle turtle turtle!!! could be heard across the reef!!

Bill Gates: Changing the way we poop

Even though waste disposal is something that we take for granted in America, 4 out of 10 people worldwide don’t have an environmentally friendly way to poop. Or health-friendly either – poop in the water can spread many viral and bacterial diseases, and can distribute some fun parasites too.  But of course we can’t stop pooping, and it’s not realistic or even possible to put in sewer or septic tank systems in every home (and without proper maintenance and care, those sewers and septic tanks may be worthless anyway), so what do we do? 
Last year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation set out to answer that question – through a call for submissions for a completely reinvented toilet that minimizes water use and works efficiently and cheaply enough to put into homes worldwide.  Now they are going through submissions and announcing the winners.  Check out the new toilets and more about the Gates Foundation’s work at http://www.thegatesnotes.com/Topics/Development/Reinvent-the-Toilet-Challenge-Photo-Gallery

Would you put any of them in your home?