An interview with Leah Fouchong from Trinidad and Tobago

ECO @ COP

Fighting climate change and other environmental issues can often be a lonely battle. But the Conference of Youth (COY) gives young activists the opportunity to meet with like-minded youths and organisations. It is also a fantastic opportunity to hear about goings-on in the various countries right now.

On the first day of COY, I met Leah Fouchong from Trinidad and Tobago, who is a Geography teacher and a representative of the Caribbean Youth Environmental Network (CYEN). I spoke to her to understand a little about her organisation and the problems her country is facing.

What is your organisation working on at the moment?
We are currently working on the Caribbean Congress, which is a 5-day workshop on climate change called “Water, Climate Change and You(th)” to discuss the post-2015 agenda. The Congress will be held from 15th to 20th December in Trinidad and Tobago.

How has climate change affected your…

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Cycling to reduce emissions

ECO @ COP

Over the last two days, I have been working on a rooftop garden in a school located in Admiralty. The aim of the project is to eventually involve the students of the school in the maintenace of the garden, thereby fostering a sense of responsibility towards the community and raising environmental and food security awareness.

En route to the school, one can see bicycle paths alongside the foot paths. Although not pictured here, I also saw many residents who were fully utilising the bicyle paths.

As I arrived at Admiralty MRT Station, I saw designated bicycle racks installed for the convenience of commuters who would like to continue their journey on the train. This is part of the SMRT’s Park & Ride scheme along with designated car parks conveniently located around selected MRT stations islandwide.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), in 2010 the transport sector was responsible for…

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