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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, November 25, 2015
At the beginning of December, leaders from
Trinidad and Tobago will join other world heads
of government at the 2015 United Nations Climate
Change Conference in Paris (COP 21).
"This is a vital meeting," said co-founder and
director of IAMovement Jonathan Barcant in a release.
"It comes at a time when there is finally worldwide
agreement in the scientific, government and private
communities that global warming is reality, and that
worldwide action must be taken as soon as possi-
Last year, on September 21, the People s Climate
March took place in Port-of-Spain alongside 2626
solidarity Climate March events in 162 countries
around the world, while leaders met at a short three-
day pre-summit climate meeting in New York City.
This year, on November 29, when world leaders
begin to arrive in Paris for the COP21 UN Climate
Summit, T&T is going to march again along with
the rest of the world. The march is supported by
the United Nations, European Union, Sustain T&T,
Papa Bois Conservation, the French Embassy, the
Global Shapers Community of Port-of-Spain as well
as accomplished individuals like Olympian Andrew
Lewis and 2014 Miss World T&T, Sarah Jane Waddell.
"I did not grow up as environmentally conscious
as I am today, but I have learned about the need to
adapt for the betterment of our planet," Lewis said.
"Let s all keep in mind that this is our planet and
On November 19, a new peer mentoring pro-
gramme to fasttrack women entrepreneurs in T&T
was announced at the inaugural celebration of
Women s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) by Georgina
Terry, MD Business and People Development Asso-
ciates Ltd and Glenda Joseph-Dennis MD Carific
Ltd, both members of the WED TT organising com-
Terry and Joseph-Dennis, who are infoDev certified
facilitators and members of the EmpowHer Caribbean
Network shared the opportunity with approximately
70 women entrepreneurs eager to raise their game
in various aspects of their businesses, a release said.
As part of their continued mission to support
women entrepreneurs in 2016, Terry and Joseph-
Dennis will facilitate an eight-month intensive Accel-
eration Program (WINC AP) which is designed to
provide participants with a comprehensive suite of
support services to innovate in their businesses,
improve competitiveness, and boost growth.
The holistic programme includes peer-learning,
personal development, one-to-one mentoring/coach-
ing, technical workshops, and motivational sessions
by successful entrepreneur role models. "We are
excited about breaking chains, inciting creativity and
propelling action for results among growth-oriented
women entrepreneurs" says Joseph-Dennis while
Terry confirms that "the Acceleration Program is an
ideal opportunity for women entrepreneurs who
want to fast track their performance to achieve their
personal and business dreams"
This unique initiative is part of the Entrepreneurship
Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC),
partly funded by the Government of Canada and
implemented by infoDev (a global entrepreneurship
program in the World Bank Group).
Guidance for women
"In T&T we have built our economy on
fossil fuels and so have felt that it isn t our
place to talk about climate change," Barcant
said. "However the opposite is in fact true.
With the resources we have been blessed
with we should be looking at how we can
re-invest into a renewable energy landscape,
so that when our fossil fuel resources are
depleted our children and grandchildren
have an energy secure, clean-and-green
nation, with a diversified economy that can
sustain itself beyond the Era of the Oil."
Waddell said, "Climate change mitigation
is not simply what we should do because
it is the right thing. It is what the future
requires of us. This march will give Trinida-
dians and Tobagonians the knowledge they
need to make better choices for the planet
and help them to become catalysts for
change within their communities."
T&T in march for climate awareness
Application is open to women
entrepreneurs who are serious about
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The deadline for applications is midnight on
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