Earth Day was celebrated in style this year at an event at Camana Bay that brought together the traditional evening market and green businesses.
Participants included more than 40 exhibitors, ranging from those offering green products and services to not-for-profit organisations working to raise awareness of Cayman’s environment.
The pairing of the event with the quarterly evening market, which took place on Market Street, was a great fit, as locally grown produce has a much reduced carbon footprint compared to food transported to Cayman.
The main festivities took place on The Crescent, where exhibitors displayed everything from solar panels and information on environmentally friendly homes to environmental tours, art and photography. There were also vendors with natural products and even fashion labels with clothes made from environmentally conscious fabrics. The youngsters were not forgotten, with activities to keep them occupied while parents spent some time educating themselves on how to make a difference to the environment.
One of the displays that drew a lot of attention was the Chevy Volt, the first plug-in hybrid to be licensed for use on Cayman’s roads.
Although the Volt may represent the future of transportation in Cayman, the past also received a lot of attention, with the Cayman Islands Catboat Association offering rides around the harbour in a traditional catboat.
“I thought it was a wonderful evening. The weather was perfect, the catboat sailing back and forth in the harbour created a lovely backdrop, and the visitors seemed to be having a great time,” said Catherine Childs of Island Offsets, the event organiser.
Some rather unique local art was featured in a collection of painted barrels donated by Tortuga Rum Company displayed throughout Camana Bay. The barrels were decorated by local artists and high school students with designs inspired by Cayman’s environment. The barrels will now be distributed throughout the Island to be used as collection points for aluminium cans, raising awareness about recycling and environmental issues in the process.
The evening also included a showing of the movie Carbon Nation, which was one of the highlights for many. However, Ms Childs had her own highlight of the festival.
“Seeing how proud the children were of their creations made from discarded items – beautiful flowers and fish made from plastic bottles. I’ve got several of those flowers sitting on my windowsill right now and they’re lovely,” she said.