Several organizations are hosting events throughout the Cayman Islands to mark Earth Day on Saturday, April 21.
At least three separate cleanups will be held Saturday. The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, Plastic Free Cayman and volunteers at North Sound Estates are all hosting cleanups of the island’s beaches, parks and roadsides.
Chamber of Commerce cleanup
The Chamber of Commerce will hold a roadside and beach cleanup on Grand Cayman Saturday. Beginning at 7 a.m., teams of volunteers will head out across the island to pick up trash.
The Department of Environmental Health and Foster’s Food Fair IGA will supply volunteers with trash bags and gloves, and participants will receive exclusive Earth Day items, including hats, tote bags, and T-shirts designed by wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey.
Those interested in volunteering can register a team at caymanchamber.ky/earthday.html.
Plastic Free Cayman is organizing a mangrove cleanup off the Red Sail Dock on Turnberry Drive, SafeHaven, on Saturday from 8 a.m. In previous cleanups, upward of 100 people have participated, with thousands of pounds of garbage being picked up.
The organization is also looking for volunteers to stay on shore and help with sorting and weighing.
More information on this cleanup can be found on the Plastic Free Cayman Facebook page.
North Sound Estate cleanup
The North Sound Estate Annual Neighborhood Cleanup also will be held on Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers are invited to meet on the lawn area adjacent to the ICCI campus before heading to their designated sites.
The areas covered in this cleanup include the district of Savannah, from Spotts and Newlands Road to the Agricultural Grounds and all roads, canals, lakes and ponds along the way.
Contact organizers at 938-7680 or 321-9443 for more information.
West Bay Earth Day Fair
Meanwhile in West Bay, on Saturday, the West Bay Central Earth Day Committee is organizing an Earth Day Fair at the Sir John A. Cumber Primary School Field from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The family friendly event will include music, food stalls, exhibits, artist zones and eco-friendly vendors.
In addition, West Bay Central MLA Captain Eugene Ebanks and the committee have begun an initiative called “Trash for Cash,” which is a competition they hope will motivate children to get involved in Earth Day. The competition will involve children picking up garbage and trash they come across on the streets.
“Children will compete to pick up the most trash, with the winner receiving an award of $150,” Mr. Ebanks said.
Earth Day quiz
On Saturday evening, the Eco Divers Reef Foundation will host an Earth Day pub quiz at the Hard Rock Café in George Town at 7 p.m.
Entry costs $10 per person, with teams of up to six people. There will be prizes for the top three teams. There will also be a raffle throughout the evening with all proceeds benefiting the Coral Nursery Program.
Tables can be reserved by emailing [email protected]
Also in recognition of Earth Day, the Department of Environmental Health has launched an initiative which it hopes will increase the national interest and awareness of the need for sustained waste reduction.
The department has invited primary schools to develop a catchy jingle using the theme “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” The winning jingle will be used in an ongoing educational campaign to minimize the volume of waste being generated in the Cayman Islands.
On April 28, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park will hold an “Earth Month” plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park’s nursery. Plant-buyers can find prices as low as $4 and can receive a free plant for every five plant pots they donate.
For more information, email [email protected] or call 947-9462.
Cayman Brac underwater cleanup
The Shore Divers Association in Cayman Brac is planning an underwater scuba diving cleanup for Wednesday, April 18.
Continuing the trend of their monthly cleanups, this cleanup will occur opposite the police station near the bakery on Handcuff Reef, which locals know as Panama Canal. Weather permitting the cleanup to occur, any qualified diver is welcome to get involved.
Divers interested in getting involved can contact Nina Banks on 928-0507 or [email protected]
Student beach cleanup on Brac
Cayman Brac’s Layman E. Scott High School is organizing its own beach cleanup, to be held on Thursday, April 19, from 9 a.m.
Around 160 students and teachers are expected to get involved in this year’s cleanup, which will take place on Long Beach. Last year, three busloads of students and teachers were out on the beach cleaning up.
National Trust Brac beach cleanup
The National Trust will also be hosting a beach cleanup on Cayman Brac on Sunday, April 22, on the southeast coast, by the Great Caves.
The Brac Goat Farm and Billy’s Market are providing bags to be used by the National Trust, and it is expected that there will be a sizable turnout for the cleanup.