|Sandals cleans shoreline, underwater for Earth Day|
|Thursday, 21 April 2011 09:47|
The Sandals Foundation continued its environmental commitment to the Turks and Caicos Islands when the charity launched its first ever shoreline and underwater cleanup campaign along with other activities to commemorate the 41st annual Earth Day.
Enthusiastic volunteers collected 45 pounds of litter across a 100-yard stretch of Grace Bay Beach and removed another 8 pounds of plastic bags, cans and water bottles from underwater.
“Earth Day is all about action, and what we are doing to protect our environment,” said PADI Dive Instructor Gustavo Simons-Martinez, who spearheaded the effort. “Trash doesn’t fall from the sky, it falls from human hands, and we have power to stop it.”
“The Grace Bay coastal and underwater cleanup not only rid the beach of several pounds of garbage, but the exercise also promoted environmental awareness while teaching participants the importance of preserving our shore line and our delicate coral reef systems,” he said.
The foundation also partnered with its Five Cays adopted school Enid Capron Primary to engage students in a “Making art from Trash” interactive environmental lesson. Students were encouraged to used their creativity to recycle junk items such as small twigs, old bottle tops, string, egg cartons, cardboard and straws to create toys such as cars and sail boats.
“This was a wonderful way to stimulate young minds while encouraging students to understand the importance of Earth Day,” said Principal Rachel Taylor. “Crafting art from trash creates so many wonderful opportunities and also allows students to use their imaginations while helping the environment.”
Beaches Resort and Spa spokesperson Elanor Finfin stressed the importance of teaching children to preserve the environment through basic understanding of the three R’s — Reduce, Reuse and Recycling. “Taking the classroom outside gave students practical understanding of the three R’s where students were able to reduce waste, reuse their trash and recycle by creating a new toy.”
Students were also taken on a tour of the resort’s recycling plant, treatment plant, pool heat recovery system and solar panels.
Earth Day was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. The Earth Day Network has a global reach with more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries.
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