At Udall Caribbean, we are committed to making a difference in the areas of economic growth and environmental sustainability (with an emphasis on marine conservation) in the Caribbean and abroad.
For many island countries in the Caribbean, the primary industry is tourism. Unfortunately, this industry is under threat because of global warming, natural disasters, violence, and now COVID-19. In order to ensure a more resilient economy in the Caribbean, Udall Caribbean sees economic diversification as key.
A key tenet of Udall Caribbean is to support local job creation in the Caribbean by partnering with highly-skilled artisans and accomplished business professionals to provide craftsmanship and business education for underserved populations, and at-risk youth/young adults. By supporting a culture of makers and entrepreneurs, we are not only sowing seeds of sustainable livelihood innovation, we are also supporting healthy local communities by creating opportunities for increased self-esteem and economic growth within these vulnerable populations, and positioning Caribbean makers and entrepreneurs to be able to provide both essential and non-essential quality craftsmanship services that have traditionally been outsourced to other regions around the world. (The COVID-19 pandemic has shown many corporations how not investing in the development of a truly diverse supply chain can negatively impact their long-term sustainability and growth, and the livelihoods of those they employ.)
By championing craftsmanship education we are advocating for a more resilient and sustainable coastal economy through economic diversification; we are ensuring job creation and economic strength.
Due to both direct and indirect human activity, the Caribbean, once home to a vibrant and thriving underwater world, is now facing a crisis. Did you know that the highly fashionable and classic tortoiseshell (or tortoise shell) design was inspired by the shell of the hawksbill sea turtle? According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, “hawksbill sea turtles, recognized for their beautiful gold and brown shells, have been hunted for centuries to create jewelry and other luxury items.” Sadly, this sea turtle species, and all other sea turtle species in the Caribbean, are either endangered or deemed critically endangered.
In addition, live corals, within the last 30+ years, have experienced more than a 60% decline. (Healthy coral reefs not only provide protection from natural disasters like hurricanes, they also contribute to billions of dollars in annual tourism revenue.) What’s most alarming, in addition to threatened Caribbean economies, is that future generations may not get to experience the spectacular coral reefs and vast marine life the Caribbean has been known for.
To turn things around, sustained action is needed now. By supporting the good work of our 1% for the Planet non-profit partner organizations, whose mission includes restoring the glory of the Caribbean's underwater treasures and raising up the next generation of sea and ocean leaders, Udall Caribbean is working towards ensuring that the beauty of the Caribbean's underwater world can be enjoyed for generations to come.