Trevon (he/him) is an ambitious 23-year-old pursuing a BSc. in Sociology and Political Science at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. His passion for these fields is evident in his work and his ultimate goals, which revolve around creating a clean and protected blue-green planet and promoting sustainable development, particularly in vulnerable frontline nations like Barbados that are highly susceptible to the adverse effects of climate change.

Trevon firmly believes that his academic pursuits at Cave Hill, combined with his strong environmental consciousness, equip him to be an effective young leader capable of making sustainable decisions. He recognizes the multidisciplinary and holistic nature of the challenges we face and aims to champion for these causes.

Over the past two years, Trevon has cultivated a deep interest in climate change, particularly its impacts on Barbados. This led him to actively participate in various climate action programs that aim to educate and sensitize young leaders on climate injustices, climate science, and policy influence. His recent participation in the Caribbean Climate Justice Leaders Academy by Island Innovation exemplifies the program’s commitment to fostering innovation and amplifying the voices of young leaders from the Caribbean, enabling them to actively contribute to international discussions such as the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28).

Trevon believes that education and capacity building are essential components of encouraging collective action. However, engaging in on-the-ground initiatives helps identify and bring attention to pressing issues that require intervention. He recognizes that these approaches, if separated, can not be enough to make a significant impact.

While snorkeling in Martinique and witnessing the vibrant coral reefs and abundant biodiversity, Trevon was deeply troubled upon returning to snorkel in his home of Barbados. He discovered the alarming amount of plastic pollution settling on the sea bed, where hawksbill and green juvenile sea turtles graze in the Carlisle Bay Marine Park. Witnessing sea turtles nibbling at plastic encouraged him to take further action. Thus, he developed a habit of periodically snorkeling to collect waste between the shore and the shipwrecks, which are home to several coral reefs.

Additionally, he volunteers with the University of the West Indies’ Barbados Sea Turtle Project (BSTP), interacting with hatchlings and nesting turtles. This hands-on experience has fueled his determination to protect endangered species and advocate for robust legislation that safeguards their habitat.

It is through these experiences that Trevon has been inspired to join The World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. Through his participation, he seeks to expand his impact in climate advocacy and action, particularly concerning ocean conservation. By influencing policy and shedding light on the underfunded Barbados Sea Turtle Project, Trevon hopes to create a more eco-friendly environment for sea turtles and make a lasting difference.

As a member of The World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council, Trevon’s aspiration is to contribute to the well-being and sustainability of the ocean by becoming a powerful advocate in Barbados. He understands the importance of maintaining a holistic approach that considers the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of marine conservation, prioritizing the long-term well-being of both the oceans and the communities that depend on them.