United For Climate ActionDecember 12th saw the historic Paris Agreement as the conclusion of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).

The Paris Agreement commits the signatories to the following:

A) Holding the increase in the global coverage temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

eco-schools-logo1Students, teachers and the Eco-Schools team are geared up for the new year with green graffiti, secret water, a resource fair, and at least one new Green Flag in the line up. Last term we were inspired to welcome 5 new schools into the programme, engaging a total of 15 schools with a reach of almost 5,000 people. Members of these school communities are now connected with over 15 million students from 57 countries. 

The future of our electricity supply is an important topic for debate and has a significant impact on Bermuda's 'triple bottom line' of Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability. Earlier this year the Department of Energy published a new Electricity Policy, and have just followed this by tabling a new Electricity Bill for Bermuda.

Greenrock would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Omari Dill for his 2015 Best of Bermuda Award for 'Green Initiative'.

Announced last week, the award notes Mr Dill's commitment to sustainable agriculture, and how this is central to his two businesses, Utopia and Unity Maintenance. It notes how his focus is on developing 'edible landscapes' through his work, along with his consultant work with Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum, as well as his work on horticultural therapy at Windreach.

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Once again we return to the topic of Electricity. This is because the way we generate, supply, and charge for electricity has a significant impact on Bermuda's 'triple bottom line' of Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability.

Earlier this year the Department of Energy published a new Electricity Policy (26 May 2015), and followed this by tabling a new Electricity Bill (17 July 2015) for Bermuda, which will be debated by the House in November.

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Event: Greenrock Special General Meeting (SGM)
When: Tuesday, December 15th, 2016, 6-8pm
Where: Mariner's Club, 22 Richmond Road, Hamilton HM08

 

Nissan leafElectric vehicles (EVs) are ideal for Bermuda - the batteries can comfortably accommodate Bermuda's relatively short distances, and they can be 'filled up' at home every night by plugging them into a regular socket. Belco are a lot more efficient at burning fossil fuel than internal combustion engines (ICE) in regular cars, so both the pollution and greenhouse gas emissions for electric cars are much lower, and energy efficiency is higher, than for ICE vehicles. Despite this we can count the number of electric vehicles on the road in Bermuda on our fingers. So why don't we have more?.

COP 21 image copyDecember sees the 21st annual Conference of the Parties (from November 30th to December 11th), the supreme decision-making body of the UN's Convention on Climate Change. These annual summits involve all States that are parties to the convention, and seek to both review the commitments of member states and to take decisions necessary to promote the effective implementation of the convention.

Bermuda should care about Climate Change. Regardless of whether you believe that it is caused by human action, or caused by natural cycles, our atmosphere is warming and that could have catastrophic effects on Bermuda.

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Greenrock is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to lead our mission to engage the community to share solutions for a sustainable Bermuda. The ED is the primary representative of Greenrock in the community, and will provides leadership, direction and guidance in all areas of organizational development and community outreach. The ED is responsible for overseeing Greenrock's successful Eco-Schools programme, Earth Hour and the delivery of other programmes and events, consistent with the mission of the Charity

Throne speech pictureFriday, November 13th, saw the reconvening of Parliament for the 2015/2016 session, complete with the customary Throne Speech which outlines the Government's program for the new parliament.

The Throne Speech for the 2015/2016 parliament did not feature as many environmental or sustainability issues as Greenrock had hoped. The Government will move forward the long anticipated Solar Power Plant at the Airport, to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel, and there are commitments to both a Crop and Dairy Sector strategy. The new Electricity Act, to which Greenrock has contributed, will also be tabled. 

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On June 17th students, teachers, and supporters of Environmental Education gathered in celebration at the BUEI as Greenrock hosted Bermuda's first Eco-Schools Award Ceremony. The event showcased the efforts of 10 participating schools: public and private, from preschool to college, all of which are working on clear goals towards sustainability.

About Greenrock

According to The Footprint Network, which measures the ability of the planet to produce resources and absorb waste, our resource use and waste production is 60% more than the earth can produce or absorb annually.

This overshoot is the result of decisions that we each make every day. We seek to generate debate and to influence people to change their behaviour.We strive to be catalysts: Success for us is when we can Change the Mindset so that sustainable use of resources is included in decision-making for individuals, government or businesses. ... read more


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Hamilton HM11, Bermuda

Telephone: 1-441-747-ROCK (7625)
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