20 Aug Caribbean Innovators Making A Difference, Part 1

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From an overgrowth of foul-smelling seaweed mats disrupting coastlines and tourism, to an overpopulation of lionfish endangering other marine life, the Caribbean is currently under siege due to effects of climate change. Following are a few innovators living in the Caribbean who are combating these harmful changes, and helping to make the Caribbean a more eco-friendly place for all of its inhabitants.

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James Husbands, Managing Director of Solar Dynamics 

James Husbands, managing director of Solar Dynamics, and considered by some to be the father of the solar thermal movement in Barbados, is dedicated to renewable energy solutions. Solar Dynamics is a world leader in solar water heating technology, and has been in operation for more than 30 years. Because solar power is renewable and cheap, the company’s 30,000+ installations throughout the Caribbean has saved users in energy costs while enabling them to reduce the environmental impact of their households. Husbands has had no prior experience in the industry. Only research, exploration, experimentation and passion have helped in his success. Husbands has received many awards for his innovation, and gives back by sharing his knowledge and experience with entrepreneurs. He also has implemented a mentorship program pairing retired businessmen with small and mid-sized manufacturer

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Kristina Adams, Owner and Operator of Adams Aqua Life 

Operating in Barbados, Adams Aqua Life, owned by Kristina Adams, is an aquaculture farm that produces red tilapia and red claw crayfish for the hotel and restaurant industry, which keeps up with the high demand for seafood from tourists. Adams Aqua Life also helps to ensure food security while cutting import costs. The company uses a clean, sustainable and eco-friendly fish farm that doesn’t require a lot of water or electricity to run. Kristina’s efforts have not gone unrewarded. With just two days until deadline, Kristina pitched her business to reality show ‘Bank On Me,’ and won! Adams’ fish can now also be found in island supermarkets.

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Andrew Myers and Emmy Watson, Founders Montseratt Reef Project

Andrew Myers and Emmy Watson just want to do their part in protecting marine life. They’re doing that by building new marine life habitats in the waters just off the coast of the island in the form of reef balls. Reef balls are artificial reefs that help preserve marine life Caribbean Journal recently recognized the founders for helping to make the Caribbean a greener place. Their conservation activities have taken them around the world. Recently, Myers and Watson found themselves in the Philippines helping villagers there create their own reef balls so they, too, can preserve marine life where they live.