Governor pushes greener living

The Department of Tourism and Environment Fair drew a spirited crowd to the to the Governor’s lawn Friday afternoon, introducing a number of students to living green.

The fair gave students and visitors the opportunity to find out about local businesses and organisations that offer a range of environmentally friendly products, services and programmes currently available in the Cayman Islands.

Twenty booths showcased products that emphasised sustainability through recognition of energy saving, building materials, hospitality products, water usage and recycling.

Cayman Prep School student Gwen Stabler said she thought the fair was really good – and fun. “I learned a lot about the earth and how we can work to save our environment by using more environmentally friendly products.”

Governor Duncan Taylor said he was impressed with this year’s event, but he still believes we are not doing enough to living ‘green’ in the Cayman Islands.

“I urged then and I urge the children that are here today to try and hold us adults to account and make sure that your teachers, your parents and us in government are doing what we can to live in as green a way as possible. We can do an awful lot more than we are doing at the moment,” he said.

“I am always encouraged by how interested the students are in terms of what we are doing in greening, recycling and reusing. Students, you have to put pressure on the adults and say, that’s not good enough and we’ve got to do better,” he said.

The fair also celebrated the Cayman winners of the Disney Challenge. The group of students from Cayman Prep participated in a presentation at the fair on their chosen topic in conservation and living green.

The living green fair is hosted by the Department of Tourism to educate the public about easy and workable solutions for leading a sustainable lifestyle.

Visitors shopped the variety of exhibitor booths, gathering information and inspiration from the selection of demonstrations, presentations and activities on display.