Welcome to another episode of Truth Be Told: A Caribbean Call to Action on Climate & Gender Justice.
Guest host Paula Joseph sat down with Gillian Goddard, the dynamic Founder of the Alliance of Rural Communities (ARC). ARC is a non-profit organization that brings together rural and semi-rural residents with urban partners to create intentional communities focusing on regenerative farming, sustainable rural livelihoods, and circular economies.
Gillian takes us on a fascinating journey from opening the first organic shop in Trinidad in 2005 to pioneering the Cross-Atlantic Chocolate Collective. Gillian shares her insights into the transformative power of local produce processing, turning a small-scale project into a movement that spans the Caribbean and Africa, empowering cocoa farmers and fostering sustainable practices.
The episode delves into the intertwined threads of climate change and gender equality, drawing on Gillian's experiences working with rural communities. Discover how women, the backbone of these communities, navigate the challenges posed by climate change, juggling family care, food security, and adapting to unpredictable weather patterns.
As we explore the keys to building resilient and sustainable communities, Gillian emphasizes the importance of emotional literacy, communication, and collaboration. Without these essential elements, addressing complex challenges becomes a formidable task.
Learn how initiatives like the Truth Be Told campaign, developed and implemented by the Climate Conscious Podcast and the Breadfruit Collective, play a pivotal role in raising awareness about gender and climate justice in the Caribbean.
In a powerful call to action, Gillian encourages us to work together for a thriving Caribbean. By acknowledging challenges, nurturing emotional intelligence, fostering communication, and collaborating across borders, we can build inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities that will flourish for generations.
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