Events set to help promote green ways

Sunday, 22 April is Earth Day – a date that reminds the global population of how precious our home is, and the many different ways of recycling or using renewable energy to ensure that the planet is here for generations to come. Events are popping up all over the Cayman Islands this week to promote Earth Day, so why not stop by to see how you can do your part to keep Cayman green? 

Today, 18 April, Camana Bay is celebrating with an afternoon of presentations and displays revolving around eco-friendly products. It all begins at 2pm at the Market Street Pavilion. There will be a distribution of complimentary native seedlings and gardening advice from the Camana Bay Arboretum, environmentally educational media from local organisations and vendors selling “green” goods. 

Throwing away bottles and cans is almost physically impossible for people who come to live here from other countries that offer recycling programmes. Ask any Canadian how they feel about it all going in one bin and they will start to break out in a cold sweat.  

Bring your glass and aluminium to Camana Bay this afternoon, and you can assist with local recycling efforts by putting them in the labelled collection bins. 

Two very exciting products will be debuting at the Earth Day event: Camana Bay’s new glass pulveriser and the Wheego electric cars courtesy of Cayman Automotive. Both are definitely worth a second look. 

At 7pm, there will be a special screening in Gardenia Court of the documentary “Revenge of the Electric Car.” This film follows four auto-entrepreneurs during three years as they race to reinvent the electric car and become industry leaders.  

Certified 73 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes it is considered “Riveting … highly entertaining” by Vanity Fair and the San Francisco Chronicle had this to say: “The movie is interesting now and, given its subject, should even be more interesting in about a hundred years. Stick around.” 

On Friday, 20 April, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism will be hosting the Living Green Fair from 11am to 6pm on the lawns of the Governor’s house. The objective is to expose the public to green initiatives and products available on the island that people can adopt as part of their daily routine both at home and at the workplace. 

One of the highlights of the day will be when the entries for the Disney Planet Challenge 2012 are showcased. This challenge is an environmental tourism awareness building programme for students under 17 years of age. The winning project entitled “Save the Wetlands” will be on display and a presentation will be made by its creators – the Year 6 class of Triple C School. 

 

For more information on the Living Green Fair, contact Jessica Pawlik at Department of Tourism e-mail: [email protected] 

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The Wheego Electric Car, courtesy of Cayman Automotive. – Photo: Vicki Wheaton