BEST Unveils “A New Strategy For The Future”

October 30, 2020 | 1 Comment

Kim Smith BEST Bermuda Oct 2020The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce [BEST] has unveiled a new strategy to “guide their ongoing work of ensuring the protection, conservation, and preservation of Bermuda’s natural environment.”

A spokesperson said, “One of the island’s leading nonprofit environmental organisations, BEST is pleased to announce a new strategy to guide their ongoing work of ensuring the protection, conservation and preservation of Bermuda’s natural environment.

“When Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce’s founder and driving force, the much loved and respected Stuart Hayward, stepped down due to poor health more than a year ago, the organisation quickly recognised the need to evolve its original practices.

“A strong sense of direction had become challenging without its founder and BEST discovered many characteristics of the organisation no longer worked.

“Demand for BEST’s work continued to increase while the staff of one, along with their dedicated volunteers, were finding it difficult to meet the growing demand, especially against the backdrop of dwindling donor funding.

“A sustainable Bermuda for future generations is BEST’s vision. BEST’s mission supports this vision by inspiring greater value and appreciation of the environment and an understanding of how critically human behaviour impacts it.

“A healthy environment is not only vital to our survival, but the survival of all living things. BEST believes we must learn to exist in harmony with nature, not in competition with it.

“Relentless development in Bermuda, the loss of open space and the island’s natural resources [the marine environment being one of our most valuable], along with the effects of climate change seriously threaten our existence. We must come together to mitigate the effects of these threats as swiftly as we can.

“Safeguarding arable land and open spaces, protecting our marine environment and resources, reducing emissions and investing in green technology, ridding the island of single-use plastics, and working with the community and Government to ensure our community is committed to greener solutions across the board are critical.”

Gail Miller, BEST Chairwoman, said, “This is not a small order. While BEST has been very active working on solutions with many successes in the past, its resources are overwhelmed, especially with respect to climate change, which like the Covid-19 pandemic, although different from climate change, are both global crises that require countries to work together to find solutions.”

The spokesperson said, “BEST began the process of looking inward at the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation and in January 2020, under the guidance of skilled facilitator Dr. Janet Ferguson, began an intensive strategic planning process.

“Little did anyone expect the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic and while government restrictions gave the organisation time to pause, the pandemic emphasized the critical need to protect the environment and do things differently.

“Out of the strategic planning process, several insights emerged, first and foremost being BEST’s desire to evolve into an organisation that works more collaboratively with other environmental partners in the community. Consideration was also given to the organisational structure to ensure more efficient and effective operations, while carrying forward the best of its founder’s legacy.”

Kim Smith, BEST’s Executive Director, said, “There are nearly 50 environmental groups of various sizes in Bermuda. Groups of people trying to make a difference and perhaps feeling they are alone in the fight.

“BEST wants to find ways to join forces with these groups to gain greater impact in resolving environmental issues, including influencing policy, so we are not putting out the same fires year after year and therefore able to focus on new ones.”

The spokesperson said, “BEST has restructured its management and is now focused on expanding and strengthening its environmental network by convening and facilitating greater collaboration with other environmental groups in Bermuda. A series of exploratory conversations will begin in November.

“BEST looks forward to participating in a more united effort, making Bermuda’s delicate environment a priority for all residents. If you or your organisation are interested in learning more, please contact the Executive Director, Kim Smith, office@best.org.bm

“As part of BEST’s continued evolution, the organisation is recruiting new board members and skill-based volunteers. If you are passionate about the environment and have the time and commitment to assist BEST in its work, please contact the Executive Director, Kim Smith, at office@best.org.bm.

“For more information on BEST’s work, please visit the website.”

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