CZITT’s signature event is the National Secondary Schools Climate Quiz. All 140+ schools are invited and CZITT conducts an environmental assessment at each of them. 112 schools from across Trinidad and Tobago took part in the last competition Preliminaries. 16 competing teams of students moved on to the Finals which was an exciting game show style knockout competition. The Quiz focuses on climate issues and introduces the leading concepts relating to the environment, energy, water conservation, transportation and waste management. It is broadcast on national television and in 24 Caribbean countries.
A schools-based intervention designed to
prepare a generation for climate action and leadership. Project Zero embodies all of CZITT’s elements: Awareness/Advocacy, Carbon Reduction and Offsetting. CZITT works with the school on a programme to become carbon neutral. It starts with an audit of energy and water consumption as well as waste management and transportation. This leads to a set of projects and activities with measurements and evaluation. The school community (staff, students, parents, alumni and fence line community) are all involved.
Picture shows then President of Trinidad and Tobago, HE Justice Anthony Carmona endorsing the Project Zero Pledge at St Augustine Girls’ High School. Looking on are Principal Mrs Linda Dharrie and Founder, Mr Donald Baldeosingh.
CZITT partners with schools, corporations, clubs or communities to plant 1000 trees. The location of each tree is mapped into a CZITT Geographic Information System (GIS) along with the details of the tree, estimated carbon sequestered and the recipient of the carbon offsets. This information is recorded via the CZITT Carbon Offset Register (“CORE”). CZITT promotes the Moringa (locally called “Saijan”) tree in this challenge due to its rapid carbon absorption, health benefits and potential for the creation of a moringa industry.
Brazil Secondary School in rural East Trinidad is well know for its environmental activism. It was no surprise when the school embarked on a CZITT 1000 Trees Challenge.
Spearheaded by the Embassies of Costa Rica and France, and with the support of CZITT, 20 student leaders from 10 Secondary Schools across Trinidad and Tobago participated in this three day intensive programme. It focused on Leadership skills development, environmental advocacy, communication, social media presence, and other relevant topics. It concluded with the participants preparing, signing and delivering a Declaration to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago, the Honourable Brigid Annisette-George, outlining their commitments to continue environmental advocacy.
Participants of the Climate Leadership Academy have their leadership skills and styles assessed by CZITT Founder, Mr Donald Baldeosingh and Project Coordinator, Ms Ryane Rollock
Combines carbon sequestration with recognising persons who have made sterling contributions to humanity. Trees are planted in honour of individuals or groups at schools, office compounds, places of worship, parks and residences. CZITT typically combines the creation of a Forest of Fame with another CZITT activity at the organisation. The Forest of Fame is intended to encourage tree planting with all its benefits. Examples are St Augustine Girls’ High School at which six former teachers were honoured and the Chaguanas Borough Corporation where six trees were planted with the High Commission of India in recognition of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
Picture shows Mrs Hazel Manning, wife of former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, and Presentation College San Fernando Principal, Mr Dexter Mitchell honouring Mr Patrick Manning with an induction to the Forests of Fame.