The countdown has started to Earth
Day 2011, which will be celebrated globally on Friday, 22 April, under the
banner A Billion Acts of Green.
The word green has become a
catch-word for environmentally conscious activities taking place around the
globe and this year’s Earth Day theme encourages individual responsibility and
commitment in doing our part, however small, in caring for this planet we all
call home. The Cayman Islands 2011 Earth Day logo has already been selected via
an annual school Earth Day logo competition approved by the local Earth Day
The committee, spearheaded by
National Trust for the Cayman Islands in collaboration with the Chamber of
Commerce, Cayman Turtle Farm, Cayman Active, Dive Tech, Department of Environment,
Camana Bay and Department of Tourism, has declared April to be Earth Month in
the Cayman Islands.
Kicking off Earth Month will be the
distribution of an Earth Day student environmental pledge by committee members
to schools across the Island. The pledge was designed by the Chamber and offers
students 15 choices of green acts that they can easily undertake at school or
at home. The committee hopes that these will become habits that the students
will carry on throughout the year. Students will also have an opportunity to
proclaim their commitment to their personal acts of green publicly, as a
collection of student pledges will be put on public display throughout the
month at the Cayman Turtle Farm’s Education Centre. Along with the schools
distribution, from 14 to 15 April students will have the opportunity to sign
their personal pledges at the Mission House in Bodden Town during the Environmental
Awareness Days for children. A similar environmental pledge will also be made
available to businesses across the Island.
A number of environmentally themed
activities have been scheduled during the month of April for public
participation in the Earth Month celebration. Activities include the Chamber’s annual
Earth Day roadside cleanup, National Dress Down Day, 5K fun run, environmental
pledge displays, environmental awareness days for students at the Mission
House, reef watch and clean-up, lionfish hunt, Department of Tourism’s Living
Green Fair, joint slide presentation by Denise Bodden and Courtney Platt and an
Earth Day Festival at Camana Bay.
For more information and to view
the calendar of events please visit the National Trust website at nationaltrust.org.ky
and the Earth Day website earthdaynetwork.org.