Financial Times highlights Bermuda rainwater collection
Bermuda’s centuries-old rainwater collection system has been highlighted in an article in the Financial Times.
The article by Esan Swan, a picture editor for FT Special Reports who occasionally writes stories, speaks to the vulnerability of small islands in the face of climate change and how “rainwater harvesting” can help to create security in water supply.
Mr Swan quotes Adelle Thomas, senior fellow at the University of Bahamas, as saying: “Freshwater systems on small islands are exposed to dynamic climate impacts and are among the most threatened on the planet.
“Increasing trends in drought are apparent in the Caribbean due to climate change.
“Rainwater harvesting is one such adaptation strategy to address water insecurity as a result of climate change.”
Owing to climate change, Bermuda is vulnerable to rising sea levels, water insecurity and stronger, more frequent hurricanes, which threaten a the coastal marine environment.
The feature includes numerous photographs by Bermudian photographer Meredith Andrews.
It also includes an interview with Deundé Cox, who paints Bermuda roofs and speaks about his passion for keeping up the tradition.
Guilden Gilbert, president of building company The Bermuda Roof, began importing the style to the Bahamas in 2005.
“Once I moved here, and saw the roof damage from some of the storms, I started to think about the quality of the Bermuda roof,” Mr Gilbert said.