Bermuda GreenrockLocal environmentalist Rachael Gosling penned this open letter to the Minister of the Environment, the Government and the People of Bermuda. It was first published on Bernews on 20-Dec-2014.

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Dear Minister,

Greenrock is gearing up for this year’s Earth Hour, with the event set to include the 5K Glow Fun Walk & Run, live entertainment, vendors, fun activities, speeches and more.

“Earth Hour began in 2007, in Sydney, Australia, and has since grown to engage more than 172 countries around the world. In Bermuda, Greenrock organised the first local celebration of Earth Hour in 2008, and it has been an annual fixture on our calendar since,” a spokesperson said.

beachfestBermuda’s Annual Beachfest Emancipation Celebration, hosted by The Chewstick Foundation, is one of Bermuda’s largest events; held annually on Emancipation Day during the festive Cup Match holiday period. Chewstick’s goal, in hosting the event, which they started to do around 9 years ago, was to bring the scattered groups of friends and families together, uniting everyone in one large event, instead of many disconnected gatherings.

Christmas Balls

This is a lovely time year in our island home. There are few places on earth that sparkle and shine the way Bermuda does at Christmas; our balmy ocean breezes and lush foliage make the lights that decorate our homes and businesses work together to create a special kind of magic.

This is a time of celebration, of letting our family and friends know how much they mean to us, and of reflection on the year about to end and the new one that's just days away.

Government has finally released the results to the Blue Halo public consultation that was held last year.

The Future of Bermuda's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) report dated 11-Nov-2014 is the outcome of the public consultation which took place between Sep 3 and Oct 31, 2013. It is published by the Sustainable Development Department of Bermuda Government.

internet-forumAt last, a place to have all your questions answered regarding solar energy systems in Bermuda.

A new web forum called the Bermuda Solar User Group launched this week. The aim of this forum is to create a community resource that provides answers to common questions such as how to obtain planning permission for solar systems, and how to get them interconnected to BELCO. The web forum is powered by Google Groups.

oil-dropsWhy has the price of oil been so volatile?

Oil prices have dropped 29% since June 2014. This short video from the BBC explains why;

World Bank will only fund coal projects in cases of 'extreme need' due to the risk climate change poses to ending world poverty, says Jim Yong Kim

The World Bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects in "circumstances of extreme need" because climate change will undermine efforts to eliminate extreme poverty, says its president Jim Yong Kim.

jeremy-deacon[Opinion column written by Jeremy Deacon] This is a real bug bear of mine and I find it difficult to see why it is dragging on for so long.

I know it causes incredible controversy and stirs up emotions in Bermuda but to me [and many others as well] it is a no-brainer.

It is the Blue Halo – an idea stunning in its simplicity that would put Bermuda on the world stage while at the same time enhancing our attraction as a tourist destination.

Bermuda Solar KitToday [25-Nov] Bermuda Engineering launched a do-it-yourself solar kit designed exclusively for the Bermuda market. Greenrock welcomes the launch of the kit, which is on sale at the special launch price of $2,500 until 28 November and has an expected productive lifespan of 25+ years. Once installed, the solar PV panels should pay for themselves many times over in savings on electricity bills.  The press release reads;

richard bransonThe Carbon War Room (CWR) recently shared their perspective on natural gas for small island economies, as part of their Operation Smart Island Economies which aims to transition islands to 100% renewable energy by accelerating commercial investment.

“The Carbon War Room fears that the immediate attractiveness of natural gas could lessen the commitments of governments and industries to pursuing energy systems that are truly both low-carbon and secure for the long-term, and that natural gas could divert major funds away from renewable energy projects.” says Hilary McMahon, Director of Research.

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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