Molly R. Gaskin in known internationally for her work in the field of natural resource management, public awareness and environmental education. In 1977, she put together the first audio-visual environmental education programme taken to schools and community groups throughout Trinidad.
In 1982, she exhibited the first collection of wildlife photographs in Trinidad and Tobago, with the proceeds going to the Pointe-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust, which she has developed as its president since the late 1970s. The Pointe-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust successfully lobbied for the restoration of a part of the Mucurapo foreshore wetlands and for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to accede to the Ramsar Wetland Convention.
Among her achievements was the linking of the Pointe-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust with the Audubon Sanctuary of Alkalia Lake in North Dakota, USA. Ms. Gaskin continues to be a force in the international environmental movement, actively participating in local, regional and international seminars, workshops and conferences, and non-governmental environmental organizations.
Molly R. Gaskin is a founding member of the Council of Presidents of Environmental NGOs, a member of the Advisory Committee to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago on Wildlife and Environmental Matters, a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Management Authority and Trust Fund, the Caribbean Conservation Association, Wetland Link International, WIDECAST, and others.
A prolific writer, among Ms. Gaskin's published works is A Creed of Nature, which was distributed to schools and youth groups throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
"One of the most urgent challenges now facing mankind is to stop and reverse the growing deterioration in the natural environment. For the first time in history, the human species is fundamentally altering the conditions for life on this planet. Small island states, like my country, Trinidad and Tobago, in the West Indies, are particularly vulnerable. The rehabilitation of our environment is immediately desirable and, it is possible. Women have tremendous capability for good, influencing the children and the men in their lives; we have great emotional and mental strength and endurance, but, we have not as yet, realized our full potential. Women as well as all spiritual leaders in the world, possess the ability to change, through guidance, education and example, our environmental and social ills, which are inextricably linked, and, they can if they will, influence the decisions that will conserve this planet for future generations."
Molly R. Gaskin is the recipient of the national Humming Bird Gold Medal and of the Rotary Club of Port of Spain Award in recognition of vocational environment services.
Sources http://www.petrotrin.com/wildfowltrustweb/overview.htm http://www.nyo.unep.org/eyesbios.htm UNEP Global 500
Molly Gaskin President, Pointe-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust 42 Sandown Road Goodwood Park Mt. Cumana Trinidad and Tobago