Businesses whose products and services directly ot indirectly reduce atmospheric grenhouse gases.
The Caribbean Youth Environment Network- Barbados Chapter has been carrying out research in the field of climate change advocacy and education along with three of its neighbouring chapters St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada) over the last six months. This work was carried out by representatives of the CYEN, is financed by the Global Environment Facility-Small Grants Programme through the office of United Nations Development Programme of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean States, under the Caribbean Youth Climate Change Mitigation Project (Project Number: BAR/0P3/YEAR 2/06/09).
The objectives of the project:
(1) To make the youth sector (15 - 25 years old) of the target territories aware of the impacts that climate change could have on the national development of Caribbean states. The programme intends to educate youth about climate change issues in such a manner that as they get older and become decision makers and agents of policy development, their thinking will automatically take climate change issues into consideration.
(2) Additionally, the project aims to make the youth sector aware of livelihood challenges that the Caribbean region will face and is designed to draw attention to youth projects that are being undertaken to address climate change.
(3) Beyond this and as importantly, the project intends to highlight, competitively, case studies of young entrepreneurs that are operating businesses which mitigate against or adapt to climate change and which can serve as examples to encourage other entrepreneurs in the specific field.
(3) A total of four (4) CYEN members participated in the administration of questionnaires and collection of information for this component of the project. A template was used to identify the type of businesses that mitigate or adapt to climate change and a questionnaire created by CYEN-SVG was used to gather the desired data. We faced many limitations during our research, some of which are listed in Table 1.1.
In the template, businesses were divided into seven (7) categories: