Six Environmentalists that are Changing the World

Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals aged between 18 and 30, who have outstanding potential, to create a positive environmental impact. In 2019, seven young people – selected from every global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners will receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to bring their big environmental ideas to life.

With applications open for the Young Champion of the Earth Prize United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is focusing on six environmentalists that are making a difference.

To view the relevant article one can click on the following link: Meet six environmentalists who are changing the world.


2018 Emerging River Professional Award Winner: José Fernández

José Fernández from Peru was the winner of the 2018 Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA). The prize was awarded to Jose by the OceanaGold Corporation.

Currently, he is working as an Environmental Specialist for the Water Fund for Lima and Callao (AQUAFONDO) and is responsible for the management and conservation of water resources. He has been leading a project to develop an integrated water management system in the local community of San Pedro de Casta, Lima Peru. Congratulations José on your achievement.

Jose Fernandez - 2018 Emerging River Professional Award Winner
Jose Fernandez – 2018 Emerging River Professional Award Winner

Dealing with Drought – Udemy

Do you have an interest in drought? Well Udemy’s free online course on “Dealing with Drought” developed by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is for you.

Once you create an online account with Udemy you will be able to access the course which will enable you to:

  •  Understand the definitions of drought, and how drought impacts society and the environment.
  • Understand historical, current and projected drought trends in the United States.
  • Have access to practical tips and tools to help you save water by both changing behavior and creating a more water-efficient home and landscape.

Further details of the course and the link to enroll are available here.

Cape Town Water Woes

Water is life, and most people, while they may not wish to conserve water in the way that they should, they definitely know that they can’t live without water. Yet, in Cape Town South Africa, due to three years of below average rainfall and drought conditions, officials have stated that water levels are very low with the possibility of the water supply running dry in as much as ninety (90) days.

One can read the full details of the article published by Guy Birchall here.

However, I hope that such an occurrence serves as a warning to other persons that we all need to play our part in conserving water, especially when climate change creates unfavorable conditions that one is not accustomed too.

Image showing Low Reservoir Levels
Cape Town may become first city to run out off water

With news of the Cape Town water crisis spreading reports have confirmed that a woman named Talita van Der Heever has been able to come to Cape Town residents’ aid through the social media tool Whatsapp which one can read about by following this link: Social media steps in to aid Cape Town water crisis.

Talita van Der Heever
Talita Van Der Heever (L) uses Whatsapp to help Cape Town due to impeding water crisis in April (sourced via Social media steps in to ease Cape Town water crisis)



Optimizing Indoor and Outdoor Water Conservation

With the upcoming dry season being one of the most difficult times in ensuring an adequate water supply it is important for us to know how to efficiently and effectively conserve our available resources, which can be shared with our various stakeholders. The 2 for 1 special on-demand webcast below is the ideal opportunity to ensure our available water supply is maximized in such a time. Please see below for further information and the link to enroll for the course, which is being offered at 99.00 (US Dollars).


Course 1 – Grow Green and Save Blue – Optimizing Outdoor Water Conservation

Water conservation can be a challenge, and just the concept of conservation can strike fear into the hearts of those preferring lush green landscapes over rocks, cacti, and synthetics. If you are considering an outdoor program in your area or are dealing with similar challenges, join EPA WaterSense 2010 Irrigation Partner of the Year, Judith Benson, to explore water conservation methods and irrigation system efficiency techniques.

Join Benson to find out what others have in their water conservation toolbox as we review successful water efficiency programs nation-wide. Through discussion, gain insight into program development, site assessment, and monitoring data, plus tips for picking the best management practices in your area. We’ll also discuss recommendations for implementing an outdoor plan and explore ways to take advantage of utility programs.

Our goal is to provide you with useful information in implementing an outdoor water conservation program or expanding offerings to your region. Outdoor water use can be complicated. We’ll share insights into current technology and management of these systems that can provide relatively immediate relief in lowering outdoor water consumption.

Learning Objectives:
Webcast attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Soil-Plant-Water Relationship
  • Advanced Technology
  • Best Management Practices
  • Outdoor Water Conservation Programs
  • Data Monitoring and Sharing

Course 2 – Beyond the Drip – Improving Indoor Water Efficiency, Planning, and Implementation

While saving water outdoors may be easy to spot (e.g., water running down the sidewalk), indoor savings are often less obvious. While less obvious, with the right knowledge and tools, indoor water savings can be easy to identify (and just as valuable to your pocketbook).

Join industry experts Paul Lander, Ph.D., ASLA, LEED AP and Troy Aichele, LEED AP (O+M) to explore the key elements, variables, and the importance of indoor water conservation and savings within your conservation plan, as well as how to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain an effective indoor water savings plan. Additionally, learn the step-by-step process to perform a water audit, calculate your payback period, and select replacement fixtures, as well as how to develop and manage your maintenance plan to maximize your ROI short and long-term.

Paul Lander will open our discussion with an exploration of the concepts behind indoor water conservation, the difference between appropriate water use and water waste, and the connection between the water savings and energy savings. Building on this foundation, Troy Aichele will lead you through his personalized step-by-step process of how to perform a water audit, including contacting the customer, auditing a facility or residence, the tools required, the associated rebates, and most importantly how to calculate your payback period. We will also discuss how to pick appropriate replacement fixtures and appliances to maximize ROI, and gain an understanding of Watersense labels—where they come from, how they are obtained and what they mean to you. Finally, as monitoring and maintenance are essential to the success of upgrades, Paul Lander will discuss how to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain your new indoor water conservation plan so that your water efficiency efforts are maximized and calculated payback periods achieved (or surpassed!).

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

  • Why indoor water conservation is important, and what elements and variables are involved (e.g. water, waste, energy)
  • How to conduct your own indoor water audit and calculate water efficiency improvement paybacks
  • About Watersense labels and what they mean on plumbing fixtures and appliances
  • How to develop, implement, monitor and maintain an indoor water conservation plan

Persons can enroll for this course via the following link.

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15
20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this special allows you access to the presentations for 6 months from the order date.

About Presenters


Judith Benson

Clear Water Products & Services, Inc.

Paul W. Lander

Consultant, Dakota Ridge Partners
Lecturer, University of Colorado

Troy Aichele

Troy Aichele

Aichele and Associates, LLC

Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS)

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre ([CCCCC]) and NOAA/AOML have reached an agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding for a Phase 2 extension of the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) to at least five new countries in the Eastern Caribbean. Under this agreement, AOML (partially funded by the Coral Reef Conservation Program), will provide consultation and information systems support, to […]

via Phase 2 of the Coral Reef Early Warning System — caribbeanclimate

World Wetlands Day- Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017

With an insightful and informative article in today’s Trinidad Express Newspaper, Rahanna Juman, from the Institute of Marine Affairs, reminds us about the importance of maintaining and promoting our wetlands, since they are significant tools for aiding in climate change and dealing with extreme weather events.

One can also get further information from the Ramsar website by following the Word Wetlands Day link.

For instance, coral reefs such as the Buccoo Reef, are known to act as offshore barriers, with seagrass beds, sequestering and storing carbon which provides mitigation benefits in terms of climate change. This is also the case for mangrove forests and tidal marshes. Yet, the major question is whether or not sufficient measures are being undertaken to ensure that our wetlands such as the Nariva and Caroni Swamp and the Buccoo Reef, are being managed for future sustainability.


However, with this in mind, there are ways that communities, individuals and policymakers can aid in the sustainability of our wetlands which are as follows:(taken from the following Wetlands Sustain Lives How Can We Sustain Them?)


• Find out how the wetlands in your area are being used or overused – and who depends on them. How do wetlands protect your area during extreme events?

• Adopt practices that ensure long- term sustainability of the local wetlands for everyone. Measures might include controlling illegal fishing and dumping, no –take rules, set catch limits and regulate the type of activities by season.

• Clear rubbish from wetlands, and unblock streams and rivers.


Governments can include wetlands in their strategy for coping with disasters. Possible measures:

Designate wetlands in flood- and storm-prone zones as protected areas.

• Restore degraded wetlands that act as protective barriers.

• Work with local stake holders and civil society to promote sustainable agriculture, fisheries and tourism.

• Adopt cross sectoral policies especially in agriculture and water to help protect wetlands.


Organize or join a wetland clean-up.

• Become a Wetland Ambassador advocate for wetlands.

• Use water more sparingly and avoid toxic products that drain into wetlands.

• Participate in actions to conserve and restore wetlands

Also if you’re looking for a fun activity, for you and the family, you  can visit a wetland near you and enjoy the simple pleasures that it offers. Persons between the ages of 18-25 worldwide can also take part in the Wetlands Youth Photo Contest, which runs for the period between February 2 to March 2 2017 and offers a chance to win a flight to a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site) courtesy of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections.