AMERICA/TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Young activists rally to climate cause in Trinidad and Tobago

Saturday, 20 May 2017


Port of Spain (Agenzia Fides) - Two environmental activist groups in Trinidad and Tobago, powered by young volunteers, prepare to ramp up their climate change and sustainability activism. IAMovement and New Fire Festival both began their environmental activism in earnest, less than three years ago. IAMovement captured the Trinidadian public’s imagination with its climate change march in 2014 and the iconic heart shape formed by 150 marchers who joined them, an emblem reprised by the 450, who joined IAMovement, in 2015, in the country’s capital city of Port-of-Spain for the march that coincided with COP21 in Paris. New Fire Festival, run by the NGO T&T Bridge Initiative, began its engagement with climate change activism, in 2016, with the launch of an ecologically sustainable music festival that emphasises reducing, reusing, and sustaining. New Fire Festival and IAMovement want to move their organisations to another level, as they make ever more ambitious plans to engage with climate change activism and environmental sustainability issues. The organization behind New Fire Festival is preparing to launch a for-profit enterprise using discarded shipping pallets to make fine furniture. The organisers of New Fire Festival are also interested in launching a business that would green events for event organisers. New Fire Festival concluded the second edition of its annual festival, during which workshops were held on various themes related to eco-sustainability. Meanwhile, IAMovement is in the process of hosting a series of 40 climate talks at schools and other venues, where their low-budget film on climate change, entitled “Small Change”, will be shown. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 20/5/2017)