Thursday, October 15, 2009

Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism Grenada - Grenada CHM Home

Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism Grenada - Grenada CHM Home

Shared via AddThis

CLICK TO SEE MY PUBLICATION: NATIONAL CAPACITY SELF ASSESSMENT, CROSS CUTTING ANALYSIS on Disaster Management, Socioeconomic issues, Ecological Issues and Technology.

Once you get past the manditory boring beginning, I tried not to let it be as boring as most of these kinds of publications are....

Anyway, the site is Grenada's official website hosted by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity - it's going to be the information clearing house for biodiversity news, actions, networking etc. when it's finished. I'm a self-promoting fan, because one of my publications is on it - published under Jen Deveney. We had a lot of 'issues' getting this publication to completion and I had to rework a final draft in less than a week, so pleeease, if you're mad enough to take the time to read it - try not to notice my writing errors! :o)

In the meantime, I'm off to finish my last four illustrations of Grenada's Constitutional Rights for the Arts Council. For some reason, the last four are the hardest ones to complete!

I've also recently been informed that my painting of the Grenada Dove will be on the cover of the next National Communication on Biodiversity. I'm really happy for that additional exposure, because it wasn't easy to donate my art in these hard economic times.

Just in case you wondered; "National Communications" are reports governments file to the Administering Officers of UN Conventions: Such as the Biodiveristy Convention, Climate Change (well...depending on Summit in November!) and so forth letting the UN know how they're gettting on with the promises they made when then signed all these agreements. Mostly it's a lot of paper shuffling, which the UN is really good at, but I have seen some changes in recent years where they seem to be trying (maybe, kinda, sorta) to put more money towards things that know, have tangible impact! Cuz time is running out n' all....

The Micronesia Challenge | Conservation International Blog

The Micronesia Challenge | Conservation International Blog

Shared via AddThis

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Illustrating Grenada's Constitutional Rights

Well, I'm on another artistic adventure - creating illustrations of Grenada's constitutional rights. The publication is funded by UNESCO and will be used by the Ministry of Education in elementary schools.

I've been asked to develop drawings that depict in a Grendian context what our rights are (I'm a citizen too!).

Let me tell you it's a lot easier than it sounds!

First of all, the project is collaborative, which means that my creative vision isn't the only opinon on the table. Artistic opinion is a delicate thing, and when you have to combine them...well let's just say it leads to 'animated' discussion :o)

Ultimately, my illustrations have be approved by Suelin, who has the overall responsibility of the Project, and then eventually the Ministry of Education will have their say too. I'm doing the base-drawings, then Suelin touches them up on the computer and then they go to the Ministry of approvals. In addition to that, a lot of the things that are our rights aren't that easy to draw (in 2 dimensions, without colour) without creating images that are not age appropriate.

For example:

How does ones depict the right to protection from inhumane treatment for a child?? Or the right to not to be murdered? Or Slavery? It wasn't easy to come up with good images, but I think we got through the hurdles. Suggestions are always welcome for any of the below, of course.


a) Right to life, liberty security, and protection of the law;
b) freedom of conscience, of expression, and of assembly and association;
c) protection for the privacy of his (& her - we need some gender updates here!)home and other property and from deprivation of property without compensation; and
d) the right to work

2. No person shall be deprived of his life intentionally
3. No person shall be deprived of his personal liberty
4. No person shall be held in slavery or servitude
5. No person shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman treatment or degrading punishment or other treament
6. No property of any description shall be compulsorily taken posession of, and no interest or right over proptery of any descirption shall be compulsorily aquired (except by law)
7. Except with his own consent, no person shall be subjected to the search of his person or his property or the entry of others on his premises.
8. If any person is charged with a criminal offence, then, unless teh charge is withdrawn, the case shall be afforded a fair hearing within a reasonable time and by an independant an impartial court established by law.
9. No person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of conscience (religion)
10. No person shall be hindered his freedom of expression.
11. No person shall be hindered in his freedom of assembly.
12. No person shall be deprived of his freedom of movement.
13. Freedom from discrimination.