Earth Day is Sunday, 22 April, and this year’s theme is Protecting Cayman’s Natural Heritage.
A host of events have been organized to celebrate Earth Week, including clean-up events, to help draw attention to issues such as environmental degradation, reasons to protect Cayman’s unique environment, conservation, and a renewed commitment to help make this world a better place to live.
There are numerous Earth Day events planned and opportunities to volunteer your time. Here is a selection. For full details of all events, contact the National Trust on 949-0121, or to organize your own clean-up, contact the Department of Environmental Health on 949-6696.
An Island-Wide Bat Count on Grand Cayman. Volunteer your time with the National Trust Bat Conservation programme to help count the bats at the 49 bat houses around Grand Cayman. Contact Lois Blumenthal at [email protected].
Little Cayman clean-up. Volunteer your time for the beach, roadside and underwater clean-up on Little Cayman during Earth Week. Contact Gladys Howard at 948-1010 for details.
National Trust Historical Bus Tour of West Bay, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Join Denise Bodden for an entertaining and educational morning learning about traditional homes in the West Bay district and their history. Celebrate World Heritage Day by celebrating our beautiful local architecture in this charming neighborhood. Please call for reservations, space is limited. $20.00 for trust members and $25 for non-members.
National Trust Presentation at the Mission House, 7pm. In celebration of World Heritage Day, Denise Bodden will showcase the beautiful details of traditional Caymanian homes from various districts. This month’s presentation will be held at the Visitor’s Centre at the Mission House. $10 for trust members, $15 for non-members. Water, soda and juice will be provided.
Chamber of Commerce annual roadside and beach clean-up, 7.00am. Volunteers can select from one of 40 different pre-selected areas or suggest a location of special concern. The first 750 volunteers will receive a t-shirt. Lunch will also be provided for all participants at Hammerheads in George Town from 11am. Register your team by calling 916-0443 or [email protected]
Cayman Brac beach clean-Up, 9.00am. Meet at the Public Beach, South Side. For more information email [email protected] or call 948-0319.
Underwater clean-up at Divetech, Cobalt Coast Resort, 8am to 3pm. Come on out and dive with free tanks and weights provided. Help clean the reef at Cobalt Coast and complete a survey card, which will be provided to the Department of Environment to help record marine life. Refreshments served and free t-shirts. Call 946-5658 for further details.
Beach/Iron shore cleanup at Divetech, Cobalt Coast Resort, 8am to noon. Not a diver? Come and walk the beautiful iron shore on the North wall off Boatswain’s Beach area, and help to pick up assorted debris that washes ashore. Sun block, water, gloves, garbage bags provided. All ages welcome. Refreshments served and free t-shirts.
Garden Club tree planting. The Garden Club of Grand Cayman will plant Baringtonia trees to provide shade around play areas in local parks. Times to be arranged. Call Lois Blumenthal at 916-6784 or email [email protected]
Cayman Islands Tourism Association and Department of Environment reef watch survey. Certified divers and snorkellers are asked to fill out surveys compiled by the DofE. This is a fun event in which residents and visitors alike can get involved. Email [email protected] or 949-8522 to obtain a list of participating dive operators.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers Earth Day 5K Fun-Run/Walk, from 7.30am. Trophies will be given to the top three finishers and exciting spot prizes will be given away.
Rotary Grand Cayman Central Great Beach Clean-Up, 8am to noon. Rotary Central will be cleaning up Great Beach, next to Barefoot Beach Gardens in East End. Volunteers and their family are welcome. Bags, gloves and water will be provided for the clean-up with a barbeque lunch after. Sign up at Al La Kebab. For more information contact Alan Silverman at 916-0237.
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park will be free to residents. Must show a valid Cayman Islands drivers license.
Earth Day – Cayman Brac nature hike, 4.30pm. Meet at Alta Vista Drive, park at the western T-junction, for a Nature Hike led by Wallace Platts for trust members and friends. Email [email protected] or call 948-0319 for further details.
Cayman Kayak Fundraiser for the trust, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Five tours will be offered during the day and evening into the northern portion of the Central Wetlands of Grand Cayman. Tours are $30 and for a $5 donation to the National Trust you will be entered into a draw to win a new Wilderness Tarpon T130 Tandem kayak. All tours depart from Kaibo. Call 926.4467 or email [email protected]