Earth Day is Wednesday, but this weekend several events are scheduled for the annual worldwide environmental celebration.
The Chamber of Commerce’s annual Earth Day Island Wide Clean-Up is Saturday on Grand Cayman. The group hopes to find more than 1,500 people to help with the roadside cleanup from West Bay to East End.
The Chamber roadside cleanup runs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. In addition to the Chamber’s cleanup Saturday, DiveTech will host a lionfish culling course and a separate cleanup effort at Barkers.
On Sunday, the Cayman Islands Tourism Association will host Reef Watch, an annual event to survey Cayman’s reefs and get a snapshot of reef health. DiveTech and Ocean Frontiers will host trips for the surveys.
Also Sunday is the Back to Nature Family Fun Day at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Garden.
Also on Saturday, world leaders will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to mark Earth Day. Organizers expect United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and dignitaries from Malawi to Sweden to attend and speak during the event. There is a free concert in the evening featuring Fall Out Boy and Usher, among others.
The 45th annual Earth Day celebration will have events in 192 countries, according to the Earth Day Network, the organization started by Earth Day founders in 1970.