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Barbados is Going Green, The World is Taking Notice

Barbados is Going Green, The World is Taking Notice

Posted by Shanelle Weir on July 07, 2014

The little island located in the Caribbean known as Barbados, is making big waves in the world of green energy.

Exactly one month ago on June 5th, it was World Environment Day (WED), and on that day Barbados hosted the WED conference for Small Island Developing States. Some of the media and countries of the world are looking at this island as perhaps the renewed vision for sustainable and clean energy of the future.

The theme at this year's WED conference was "Small Island Developing States and Climate Change," and the official slogan was "Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level." The world leaders converged in the capital Bridgetown, Barbados for this esteemed celebration, Zee News reported.

This was a global conference that saw environmentalists, non-governmental organizations, and some world leaders making plans for their environmental future, and for Earth. While Barbados maybe a leader in the environmental front for solar energy, itself, and other small island developing nations are at the highest risk of climate change: it includes rise in temperature that could negatively impact agriculture, and a rise in sea level, Zee News reported.

It has been predicted by the United Nations that the small islands are most vulnerable to rising sea levels. But how does any of this promote positivity for Barbados? It is not only its solar energy, but also its sustainability in continued environmentalism.  

Barbados with its 270,000 inhabitants, and 166 square miles, the Island State has set a goal for providing clean and renewable energy, as well as favorable chances for green economic growth. For 2029, they have set a goal of providing 29 percent of all electricity consumption. The estimated outcome of this action could reduce carbon emissions by 4.5 million tons, the National Catholic Reporter confirmed.

Electricity is not free, but the sun's rays can be harnessed. According to the United Nations, Barbados' solar water heaters have made them a leader since the 1970s. As a result, Barbados ranks among the top users globally of that kind of technology. In 2002, it was estimated that there were 35,000 solar water systems in Barbados, which had earned $100 million in energy savings, while carbon emissions were reduced by 15,000 metric tons, the National Catholic Reporter wrote.

As of now, plans in the island are already in motion to have solar panels installed in 19 government buildings, nine schools, and in hurricane shelters.

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