Green fair sprouts

The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Department of Environment will hold a ‘Green Generation’ Fair on 25th April at Public Beach on West Bay Road from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm and will showcase the rapidly growing green sector that has been established on the Cayman Islands.

‘This is the first time in the history of the Chamber that an event such as this has been organised. The Chamber continues to keep a focus on the environment and we hope that by holding this Fair it will bring greater awareness of the need for all of us to keep environmental protection, preservation and conservation in the forefront of our minds,’ said Chamber CEO Wil Pineau.

The concept for the fair fits in very well with this year’s international Earth Day theme of the ‘Green Generation’ which is based around the principles of encouraging individuals to commit to responsible, sustainable consumption, and of creating a low carbon, green economy that will provide good quality, ‘green-collar’ jobs. This is a great opportunity to make people aware of the environmentally friendly products and services that are already available on-island as well as the environmental initiatives that have already been set up. The Chamber of Commerce and DoE believe this will give people more ideas for how they as individuals can actively help the environment in the Cayman Islands.

‘For Earth Week the DoE will be promoting a suite of climate change educational materials, which have been created by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) for the UK Overseas Territories, funded by the Overseas Territories Environment Program (OTEP) via the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Department for International Development. Leaflets from this series will be distributed at the fair, as these speak simply and directly about the science, evidence and causes of climate change, its potential impacts in the Overseas Territories, and the actions we can take to adapt to these impacts and to do our bit to combat the causes of climate change,’ said Sophie Halford of DoE.

Local businesses that provide environmentally conscious products and/or services, or that have environmental initiatives underway that others can learn from, are invited to participate and should contact Joanne Diaz-Berry at [email protected] or Kennedy Powery at [email protected] by Wednesday, 22nd April.