Bahamian women leading environmental efforts

Senior Forest Officers, part-time mermaids, and authors are responsible for environmental protection, education, and progress in the Bahamas.

In each land and sea area, Ingeria Miller, Jonisha Cartwright and Crystal Ambrose contribute leaders and transformants to a more sustainable future for the country as well as the world.

CIBC FirstCaribbean has extended the celebration of “Today’s Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow”, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, by acknowledging the activities of the trio on Earth Day.

Miller is a senior forest officer with responsibility across fieldwork and management tasks. Her referral to the environmental department was more than 13 years ago, at the recommendation of her then professor Joyanne Thompson, who participated in a US-funded research project focusing on endangered birds on Eleuthera. It started when I did.

“After 7 million snakes, mosquitoes and sand flies, it was the most rewarding experience of my life,” Miller said. “This project raised me. I learned to love and appreciate nature, and the outdoors have become a living classroom for me.”

After switching to a major in Natural Resources, Ecology and Policy Analysis at Cornell University and later earning an MPA in Environmental Sciences from Columbia University, she is now giving Bahama expertise in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Forestry unit planning and protection (DEPP). Her recent role in environmental leadership was Forestry Awareness Week. She launched the initiative in 2015 and introduced the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Summer Camp.

Cartwright, a part-time mermaid, has added a twist to environmental studies in connection with sociology and is now a recent graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and sustainability. Her journey to environmental activities began as a volunteer in 2014 and has since been an intern at the Bahama Reef Environmental Education Foundation (BREEF), a non-profit conservation organization focused on youth education, advocacy and public support. started.

Cartwright, an environmental educator in the Bahamas, said: National Trust (BNT).

Cartwright joined BNT in March 2020. This is three days before the first emergency lockdown by COVID-19. Since its inception, she has led the creation of the animated series “Adventures of Xuma” and has played an important role in the Bahamian ecosystem in BNT, a live-action video series for high school students and adults.

Ambrose, who is pursuing a PhD study in Sweden, focuses on the threats and solutions of marine debris in the Caribbean region, and is illustrated by Bahamian artist Stevie Burrows, “Kai and Gaia Discover the Ocean Gyre.” We have released a book for children entitled.

Ambrose founded the Bahamas Plastics Movement, which has inspired and empowered young people through many programs. She designed an upcycling program to motivate young people to come up with creative ideas on how to reuse plastic waste. And the Junior Plastic Warriors Environmental Education Program, which includes music, dance and art, was later created.

The connection between Ambrose and the sea began at an early age when his father persuaded her to participate in daily swimming. Being in the ocean made her feel more connected and inspired her mission to save the ocean from her plastic pollution.

She envisions a sustainable future as a transition to a circular economy with social and environmental justice, equity and access to all communities, especially those of color.

“It also looks like a sacred and deliberate reconnection between humanity and the Earth system that supports us,” Ambrose said.

Miller, Cartwright and Ambrose have each demonstrated environmental leadership in different areas and in different ways. The most common feature among trios is their passion and commitment to the country as well as the environment. CIBC FirstCaribbean highlighted the trio earlier this year to celebrate International Women’s Day. Banks continue to support women who are making waves in the environmental arena.

CIBC First Caribbean donations also benefit the organization directly, with women being part of it. The bank has partnered with a forestry unit to plant trees at the Bahama Girl Guides campsite and, in light of the national plastic ban, partnered with the Fresh Market to provide customers with hundreds of free reusable shopping bags. CIBCFirstCaribbean has also recently donated to BNT and BREEF. Bahamian women leading environmental efforts

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