What is the best way to address some of the difficult environmental challenges we’re being faced with today without burying our heads in the sand? The truth is that there is no silver bullet to building awareness and converting that consciousness into action. 
Like other critical topics, challenges such as pollution, climate change and environmental degradation require a concerted approach to reach a wide audience and to shape the minds of the stewards of our environment in a positive way. One especially notable event in Trinidad and Tobago is the annual convening of the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, which was launched by Sustain T&T in 2011.
Throughout the years, the Environmental Film Festival has evolved and grown, becoming part of an annual film festival season where it is preceded by the T+T Film Festival in September and the Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival in October. The Green Screen Festival uses a combination of local, regional and international films to promote environmental activism, sustainable living and provide a place for meaningful discourse on how best to address some of the environmental challenges in the country and the world as a whole.
One such way in which they promote this discourse is by combining film screenings with panel discussions. At this year’s Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, the IDB was pleased to have one of its climate change specialists, Mr. Gerard Alleng, speak on a panel that focused on what individuals and institutions could do to ensure the preservation and protection of our marine resources. Mr. Alleng is the IDB’s Team Leader for a project in Tobago in coordination with the Cropper Foundation, called the “Piloting an innovative approach to adaptation in Tobago” project. This Tobago project is a pilot program utilizing underwater sculptures, designed by Trinidad Carnival “masman” Peter Minshall, and is planned as an innovative approach to climate change adaptation in the Buccoo Reef area. Mr. Alleng added to the lively discourse by drawing from his personal experiences on this project and his knowledge of work being done across Latin America and the Caribbean to better manage our marine resources and to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.
For more information on the work that the IDB is doing in the Environmental sector, please see here: http://www.iadb.org/en/sector/environment-and-natural-disasters/overview,18339.html