Cari Bois is a national community that brings together communities, activists, academics, scientists and journalists, to tell their own stories around the environmental impact of the extractive sector in Trinidad and Tobago, and wider irresponsible development.
Cari Bois News emerged out of a 3-year national Action funded by the European Union “Enhancing Civil Society Capacity for Governance of Environmental Transparency and Accountability in Trinidad and Tobago’s Extractive Industries,” that worked with communities across Trinidad and Tobago to:
- Fully recognise their value and ability to contribute to national development;
- Become familiar with and increase their understanding of the national environmental legislative and policy landscape and systems;
- Increase their ability to utilise this new knowledge to be informed partners in development for a more environmentally sustainable future; through
Training: The Action provided training for dozens of citizens from communities and NGOs working on environmental impacts of development, to learn how to best represent and tell their stories
Mentorship: Telling your stories might sound easy but communities and NGOs face many barriers between themselves and their ability to tell their truth. Cari Bois through its many facilitators, provided mentorship to participating citizen journalist to build the confidence necessary to tell their stories
Cari Bois News contributors are volunteers from communities and NGOs across Trinidad and Tobago who are committed to responsible and sustainable development. These contributors tell their stories and become part of a larger regional and global network of similar platforms that seek to inspire citizen action for environmental sustainability.
Coordination and Governance
Cari Bois News will also be supported by an advisory group whose members include influential members of the media, civil society and academia.