More volunteers, businesses and organisations participated in this year’s 12th Annual Chamber Earth Day Roadside & Beach Cleanup than ever in the history of the event.
Thousands of bags of garbage and debris were collected from all across the Cayman Islands and placed along roadsides for collection by the Department of Environmental Health.
‘It is evident that many members of the community are taking environmental issues seriously and are willing to register their crews with the Chamber to do their part in keeping Cayman clean. We had over 1,600 persons register with us for the cleanup,’ said Chamber CEO Wil Pineau.
‘Even more encouraging this year was the participation of large youth groups such as the C.I. Cadet Corp, Generation 4 Christ Youth Group, West Bay Scout Group, Duke of Edinburgh, students from St. Ignatius Catholic School, George Town Primary School, PACE High School, and Cayman International School,’ he continued.
‘It is vital that we engage our young people in environmental activities to foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens, capable of positive action. However, it is disappointing that with so much focus on environmental awareness, and all of the organised environmental activities that have taken place this month, there are still so many people who choose to litter our roadways and beaches with total disregard for our Island,’ said CCE.
Cleanup crews began their mission at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, 25th April collecting garbage and debris from beaches and the roadside. Following the cleanup volunteers joined the Chamber staff at Public Beach for a free brunch which was sponsored by BritCay. Courtesy of Hew’s Supplies, food was served on plates made of sugar cane and entirely earth friendly. The organisation also supplied environmentally friendly garbage bags which were used by volunteers to collect refuse.
In partnership with the Department of Environment, the Chamber also held a Green Generation Fair on 25th April at Public Beach to showcase the rapidly growing green sector that has been established on the Cayman Islands. The concept of the fair was based around the principles of encouraging individuals to commit to responsible, sustainable consumption, and of creating a low carbon, green economy.
The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Department of Environmental Health, the Department of Environment and their valuable sponsors of event including Barclays Private Bank, BritCay, Atlas Insurance Management, C.I. Beautification Committee, C.I. Yellow Pages, Cayman National, CIBC, CUC, Dart Management, Deutsche Bank, Foster’s Food Fair, Grant Thornton, Greenlight RE, Kensington Management Group, KPMG, LIME, Mourant, Phoenix Group, RBC, Sagicor, SteppingStones, The Real Estate Company, Transocean, Walkers and Water Authority-Cayman.