Friday 30 October, 2020

Food security and technology in focus at Green Screen discussions

Designer and stylist RisAnne Martin will be one of the panellists on October 15.

Designer and stylist RisAnne Martin will be one of the panellists on October 15.

Food security and technology will be the subjects of the first of two discussions on some of the pressing issues brought into focus by COVID-19 

The online panel will be hosted by Green Screen Film Festival on Facebook Live on Thursday October 15 at 7 pm and  will feature Agyei Archer - Design Director and Co-Founder/CEO at Unqueue App,  Alpha Sennon of WhyFarm, Brigette Joseph an Executive Chef Consultant and International Food Safety Auditor and RisAnne Martin a Fashion and Costume Designer and Youth Mentor.

‘The pandemic is a dress rehearsal for what is coming with climate change. We can learn a lot about how we will fare in the next fifty years by how we deal with the next few months of continued uncertainty. Which is why we’re so pleased to be hosting these panels with participants who are leading innovators in their respective fields.’ explained Festival Director Carver Bacchus.

"In his budget presentation  the Honourable Minister of Finance announced a 70 percent year on year increase in the annual budgetary allocation for Agriculture. We’re keen to see how this increase acknowledges and mitigates for the risks to agriculture that are directly associated with climate change.  Our panel will also be delving into the question of how technology can help to make our food systems more secure and sustainable," Bacchus said.

The themes of the discussions are based on the categories of this year’s Very Short Shorts Mobile Film competition, which has the overall theme ‘The New Normal’.

The second panel discussion takes place on October 22 and will focus on Transportation and Energy.

‘Through Green Screen we hope to address ideas of sustainability and how the creative industries have an important role to play in raising public consciousness,’ Bacchus added.

Green Screen, the only environmentally themed film festival, will take place fully online for its 10th anniversary at the end of October. This year’s festival is being hosted with the support of Lead Sponsor, the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago and Supporting Sponsor, SWMCOL. Patron of the Festival is FilmTT and Digital Media Partners are Trend Media and LoopTT.

Bios of panellists

Mandilee Newton

Mandilee is an award-winning architect in practice for 19 years exploring and refining the principles of sustainability. For the past eight years she served as sustainability director at ACLA architecture. As one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals in the Caribbean she is a Founding Member and Past President of the Trinidad and Tobago Green Building Council.

Onika Morris-Alleyne

Onika is a transportation engineering, planning and policy professional with fifteen years of experience in mobility and sustainable transport, and a lifetime's interest in placemaking, and urban design. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Howard University, an MSc in Sustainable Transport and Travel Planning from Loughborough University, and she is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of the West Indies. Her research is focused on street design and urban development outcomes in Small Island Developing States.  Her career has included roles in public transportation planning and management, infrastructure development and project management, strategic analysis and planning, operations research and management, urban transportation policy development and travel planning.  She is a Registered Transportation Engineer with the Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago, and a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Society of Planners and the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago.

Alpha Sennon

Alpha Sennon is a Tribagonian farmerpreneur, motivational speaker and a creative youth in agriculture advocate. Alpha is the founder of WHYFARM (We Help You-th Farm) a globally recognised and award-winning nonprofit organisation established to creatively promote agriculture among children by increasing their awareness of the world’s food problems and by doing so grow the future feeders of 2050.

Hasani Taylor

Hasani Taylor has spent the past five years working in the extractive industries and is currently a Project Geologist at GeoSim Consulting Limited. He maintains a keen interest in the continued shift to clean energy, the impact on the extractive industries globally and its effects locally/regionally. He holds a BSc. In Geology from the University of the West Indies, Mona and is currently pursuing an MSc. In Geoinformatics at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

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