Donna Maria King-Brathwaite coordinates, on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment, Barbados, the national campaign on the promotion of sustainable lifestyles during Environment Month of activities. That campaign, with the slogan “Living Sustainably” was initiated since 2008 and features during the month of June. It seeks to target key stakeholders including teachers, artists, businesses and householders, via various media.
Donna also represented the Government of Barbados on the Sustainable Lifestyles Task Force, an initiative of the Marrakesh Process.
Additionally, as officer responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Ministry’s Environmental Education Programme, her responsibilities include:
- Annual island-wide Community Project Development and Execution through the Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat, where she has been the Chief Judge for the past 4 years of the Parish Projects competition;
- Mainstreaming Sustainable Living in Post-Graduate Teacher Training through the delivery of the module on Education for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Erdiston Teacher Training College of Barbados, – a deliverable of the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development 2005 – 2014;
- Providing technical support to community-based organisations in executing local environmental stewardship initiatives; and
- Providing support to teachers in delivering environmental lectures and materials at both primary and secondary schools.
In recent times at the regional level, Donna was invited to share Barbados’ experience in the area of promoting Sustainable Lifestyles and Education. That meeting was the Caribbean Implementation Meeting on Decision 5 of the XIX Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean, January 27 – 29, 2015. There, she outlined issues and opportunities for the development of a regional programme on Sustainable Lifestyles.