The Walkers Institute for Regenerative Research Education and Design (WIRRED) hosted the Degrees of Change Knowledge Fair at Walkers Reserve last Saturday.
The fair brought together members of the public, private and civil sector communities for a day of connection and collaboration. Rich discussions were held as information and ideas were shared around the impact of climate change, particularly for small island developing states, and the solutions WIRRED is concretely developing to address food sovereignty, conservation of local flora and fauna and to build a shared vision of the future, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
In her welcoming remarks at the opening of the panel discussion themed ”The Future is Ours: What’s next after COP27?”, the IDB’s Country Representative Viviana Alva Hart stated: “Increasing climate resilience in the region is a priority for us at the IDB. A big part of that is strengthening connections with the community and promoting collaboration on climate issues and WIRRED is one of our unique partners in this effort here in Barbados. For some time now, we have been working closely with the Government and many other stakeholders to translate the country’s climate commitment into action. This includes our support for Barbados’ recent US$100 million Debt for Nature conversion, which shows how the environment can enable new sustainable options for finance as it allows nature to be valued as an asset.”
The Degrees of Change Knowledge Fair also included a tree planting activity attended by the head of the National Tree Planting Project Dewyn Phillips.
As Barbados celebrates its 56th anniversary of Independence, WIRRED invited members of the public to plant trees as part of its One Tree for Every Bajan initiative. Over 110,000 trees and plants have been placed in the ground across the nation and each tree adds to the government’s goal of planting one million trees in an effort to reforest
Fair attendees were also delighted to participate in fitness activities with Spinny and Bajan Fusion, while the Landship and other national dances were presented by Baj Aerobics, accompanied by the Hayland Drummers.
Families truly had fun in nature participating in STEM based activities and a scavenger hunt co-ordinated by the Caribbean Permaculture Institute. The evening ended with the sweet sounds of In Sync and Vibez Central.
Regeneration is at the heart of the work being done to transform Walkers Reserve. As one of the most unique destinations in Barbados, this 277-acre space has been regenerated from a sand quarry to a thriving model of climate resilience. It is the largest regeneration project in the region.
WIRRED, as the nonprofit organisation and charity which manages the project, continues to engage with myriad partners to meet the goals of environmental conservation and regeneration to increase biodiversity, develop natural habitats and build awareness around reducing the negative effects of climate change. We encourage everyone to take action, get involved and give nature a voice! (PR)