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Story: Relaxing can be exhausting. Slathering yourself in sun cream, choosing a cocktail, turning the pages of your book… It may sound silly, but relaxing actually does take a lot of energy.

The Caribbean island of Nevis needs about seven megawatts of power a day to charge iPads, cool hotel rooms, fire jet-skis, push golf buggies, filter swimming pools, pipe music, cook dinners, flick the sprinklers and flash the disco lights – and that’s without the ordinary energy demands of schools, hospitals, cars and homes.

But it’s set to become a carbon-neutral island, 100% self-sufficient and entirely powered by its own resources. And, judging by the annual Easter kite-flying competition, there’s more than enough wind and sun to go round. But that’s Nevis all over – full of energy, but strangely relaxing. This photographic series documents the people who live on this paradisiacal islet.


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