Today’s Editorial April 20: Earth Day about animals, too

The wrap-up of this Earth Week and celebration of Earth Day is about more than just picking up a bottle or a plastic bag on the roadway or beach.

It’s about developing a mindset in everyone who lives in and visits our country to keep our home clean.

Earth Day should be celebrated every day, not just once a week or once a day each spring.

We were put on this planet to be stewards of Earth.

That means protecting our environment and all it contains, including flora and fauna.

Take for instance our own Blue Iguana.

That creature was headed for certain destruction at the hands of man.

When European settlers first began arriving here they brought with them their pet cats and dogs, natural deadly enemies that Iguanas don’t recognise as such.

Iguanas do recognise the non-poisonous snakes on Grand Cayman as deadly predators and do all they can to steer clear of being eaten by them.

Through dogs, cats and overdevelopment of Grand Cayman the Blues have been pushed off the coasts to the interior of the island.

Through the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme more than 200 Iguanas have been deposited at the Selina Reserve in East End where they are thriving. A further 100 creatures are mating, hatching and growing at the programmes site at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.

As we spend the weekend picking up and protecting the environment, we have to keep in mind that native animals like the Blue Iguana do their part by keeping the habitat of the Cayman Islands thriving.

They live off native plants, berries and seeds and redistribute those through their waste as they roam the island.

The difference between the waste the Blue Iguana is leaving behind and the trash humans are creating is vast. The Blues are helping to ensure a healthy eco-system.

Humans who have no regard for the Cayman Islands or the Earth are ensuring a very unhealthy eco-system.

So do your part this weekend and take the proper steps to make sure we have very healthy islands.

And remember when you’re bending over to pick up an offending piece of trash, that we’re not just doing this for us, but for the animals that help make up our habitat as a whole.

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