International Coastal Cleanup in Barbados Launched

As a country who can ill afford to send a ten member delegation to Samoa for a drop of what we owe Al Barrack is one of a group of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), adequate solid waste management remains crucial to Barbados. The coast is one of our most prized assets as it is highly dependent on tourism as the main economic activity.

Address from Waynelle Collymore -Taylor - National Coordinator of Caribbean Youth Environment Network - Barbados. In order to have a 'Coast to Boast About', which is this year's theme for the 2014 International Coast Cleanup (ICC), we must do our part to ensure that the coastline is clean and remains clean.

Address from Waynelle Collymore-Taylor; National Coordinator of Caribbean Youth Environment Network – Barbados. In order to have a ‘Coast to Boast About‘, which is this year’s theme for the 2014 International Coast Cleanup (ICC), we must do our part to ensure that the coastline is clean and remains clean.

It is not just a run-of-the-mill cleanup, we are also ‘Cleaning with a Meaning‘ where regular persons act as citizen scientists to collect useful data which can be used to show trends in the types and amount of garbage. Over the years, there has been an increasing trend in amount of solid waste, especially recyclable plastics, which are detrimental not only to the marine life but to the tourism industry and the health and safety of beachgoers as well.

SBRC receiving the ICC recognition certificate

SBRC receiving the ICC recognition certificate

More than 90% of the waste usually originates from land-based sources. Therefore, in order to take pride in our nation and have a “Coast to Boast About“, not only is it necessary to advise persons against dumping waste on the beaches but all Barbadians and whoever may take interest need to lend a hand and assist in the cleaning up of our beautiful coast.

Jamilla Sealy conducting a presentation about the results of ICC 2013 and the dangers of marine litter.

Jamilla Sealy conducting a presentation about the results of ICC 2013 and the dangers of marine litter.

Under the authorisation of the Ocean Conservancy, the Barbados Chapter of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), is the local coordinator. This launch is a platform to summon volunteers and encourage others to join our cause.

Garbage Master Ltd receiving the ICC recognition award from Ms. Sade Deane of CYEN-Barbados

Garbage Master Ltd receiving the ICC recognition award from Ms. Sade Deane of CYEN-Barbados

Volunteers are urgently needed, more in particularly on Saturday, September 20th which is the day of the cleanup, which starts at 6:00am until 12:00pm. Registration for participation is opened on the day of the launch until the 19th September.

Interested persons and groups are asked to contact Waynelle Collymore-Taylor (National Coordinator) at 437-6055 or via email at cyenbarbados@gmail.com to find out how to register. Additionally, follow our Facebook pages for real-time updates at https://www.facebook.com/ICCBarbados and www.facebook.com/CaribbeanYouthEnvironmentNetworkBarbados

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