If being an entrepreneur were as easy as simply coming up with a great idea, we’d all be entrepreneurs. But those of us who have logged long hours and sacrificed financial security for passion know that it takes much more. Your startup may begin with one idea, but your mindset will be what makes or breaks it.
The greatest advocate for low-cost solar and wind energy ought to be Government. Government could lead the transformation by example, mandating that all government-owned and -operated buildings, as well as the two international airports be powered by renewables. This, in addition to other measures articulated in my five previous pieces — including changing the power bidding policy-mandate to emphasise savings of fuel importation ahead of lowest cost of power, legalising income-producing crowd-funding for renewable projects by approved non-bank entities, and creating foreign exchange renewable energy investor accounts for taxpayers — would undoubtedly build investor confidence and attract low-cost capital. Other smaller policies are needed, but space does not permit.
Climate change has a significant impact on a number of sectors - tourism, agriculture, energy, water, food security, transportation, infrastructure and very importantly, health.
However, it is believed that although the impact of climate change on health is one of the biggest threats to society, it is the least understood, a grave error that experts believe must be addressed with immediate urgency.
UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged the Caribbean to boost efforts to prepare for increased drought, stating that climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the region.
The report says countries in the region must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather-related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication.
St Ann-based farmers Erica Lewis-Palmer and Jermaine Allen are pleased with the decision by government and the local representative of the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP) project to channel US$600,000 of the earmarked US $1.8 million into community-based pilot projects, specifically sustainable agriculture and water resource management.
Despite the technological and other advances since 1951, the political will to make the well-needed appropriate investments in climate change adaptation and mitigation policies and strategies remains a vitally important missing link in the development agenda of most regional states.
Kingston, Jamaica—When Yekini Wallen Bryan returned to school for his final semester in January, he had the typical concerns of a college student: graduate school, résumés, the usual. He never anticipated he would soon receive the grand prize in a clean-tech innovation competition.
Kingston, Jamaica—Ignoring the gusty wind and the pouring rain, a large crowd of young clean-tech entrepreneurs brought their ideas and enthusiasm to the first Green Tech Startup Bootcamp in the Caribbean. The three-day event was held on February 26-28, 2016.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Over 70 local and regional entrepreneurs and innovators are currently benefiting from training in product and business development skills under the Caribbean Green Tech Start-up Boot camp.
The programme, which is an initiative of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) aims to identify and support Caribbean entrepreneurs and new ventures that are developing locally appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Just as the ubiquitous Valentine hearts started disappearing from the shops of New York, we packed our bags once again and boarded a plane to Kingston.
Few are aware that the Caribbean region is not merely an attractive vacation destination. Recently it has also been aiming, with full force, at developing a strong presence of innovation and entrepreneurship. Our job there was to assist in planning and executing the Green Tech Startup Bootcamp for idea-stage entrepreneurs, which is one of the flagship events under the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) run by the World Bank.