2022 – Building a Shared Future for All Life

Celebrating Environment Month 2022
Building a Shared Future for All Life

The Ministry of Environment and National Beautification, Green and Blue Economy and artists in Barbados celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) 2022. 

Cher Antoinette
‘SPES’ – Planet of Hope
Acrylic Fluid Art
14″ x 14″

There is an age-old adage that we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Through our experiences with nature, our environment and ecosystems, we realise that ‘there is no Planet B’.

Artists continue to be inspired by our local flora and fauna, providing unique glimpses into their visions of ‘Nature’.

Hugh Walker
12″ x 12″ (frame)
Adrian (daBudzman) Burnett
The Portal
Mixed Media
Cy Hutchinson
Black sea urchin made from Bajan Ebony
30” diameter

Art can never be able to exist without nature. The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from everywhere and everything.

Laura Ward
Alison Chapman Andrews
Yellow Hillaby
Acrylic on Canvas

We should treasure what remains of the Earth and foster its renewal since it is our only genuine hope of survival.

Dana Sikkens
Alisha Smith
Urban Tractor
Coloured pencil on paper
12” x 16.5”
Greg Dash
The Great Provider
Acrylic on Canvas
12” x 24”
Bruce P Evelyn
Coralita, Antigonon leptopus

As we look towards ‘Building a Shared Future for All Life‘ we must seek to adopt more sustainable practices for our local agriculture. Practices such as the use of natural fertilisers and pest control (where possible) as well as crop rotation protects not just our biodiversity but our lands, soils and ground water.

Jasmin Warner
Jill McIntyre
Acrylic on canvas

To preserve our freshwater and marine resources we must be sure to prevent pollutants from entering our waterways and oceans. Sustainable fishing is also necessary.

Kenneth ‘ Black’ Blackman
The Old Cane Cutter
Neville Legall
Lisa Smith Fields
Acrylic on canvas

We can look to the past, talk to our elders and adopt their demonstrated sustainable strategies for conservation in the present and future before they are gone.

Martina Pile
In De Cool
Acrylic, wax resist on paper and canvas
14” x 12”
Joanne Reed
Lisle Warner
Sade Payne

Sometimes we should simply pause and appreciate the magnificence of natural land and seascapes. Nature has for a long time been a source of solace, inspiration, venture, and delight.

Michelle Bowe
Acrylic on canvas
Don Small
Five Men at Six Mens
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 37″
Rodney Ifill
A view of Speightstown Jetty
Acrylic on canvas

We must carefully manage our valuable marine and coastal ecosystems to preserve it for present and future use.

Mario Holder
Acrylic on canvas
30” x 30”

Art aims to represent not just the outward appearance of things, but also their secret meaning.

Maria Standford
Acrylic on canvas
6” x 12”

Civic groups and municipal authorities can clean up waterways, plant trees and create other wildlife habitats in parks, schools and other public spaces. “There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” ~ Linda Hogan

Shane Eastmond
No Birds of a Feather
Mixed Media
48” x 48”

When one looks deep into nature, only then will you understand everything better.

Tracy Greenidge
Aqua Scene
Digital sculpture

If you want to see magic on the planet, look into the water.

Valerie Dash
Acrylic on Canvas
20” x 24”
John Webster

The artist and photographer search for the mysteries and the adventure of experiences in nature.

Natalie Jackson
Night Time Cliffs
Acrylic on canvas

The only way forward to improve the quality of the environment is to get everybody involved.

Oneka Small
Into the future
Mixed Media

Those who envision the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will withstand for the rest of your life.

International Day for Biological Diversity

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is celebrated annually on May 22nd and is organised by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

The theme for IDB 2022 is ‘Building a shared future for all life’ which was chosen to continue building momentum and support for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference COP15.

Biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.