Want a greener Cayman Islands? Well, get involved! Many important organisations in the Cayman Islands are actively working to preserve, protect and "green-up" our environment.
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Before you join one of Cayman’s leading eco-organisations, it is important to learn about the many environmental issues impacting this tiny country. Ongoing construction threatens to encroach on sensitive ecological areas and the protection of Cayman’s natural resources is of grave concern to many residents.
Read on to learn about the many organisations on-Island who would benefit from your help today!
Plastic Free Cayman
The Plastic Free Cayman movement continues to grow. This not-for-profit NGO has caught the community’s attention and people are now more than ready to refuse single-use plastic bags, refuse plastic straws, and take reusable water bottles, cups and containers with them to refill and use. They have also launched the 345 Pledge for Individuals, Businesses and Schools, to guide us all in ways to go single-use plastic free. Visit www.plasticfreecayman.com to learn more about the movement and for ways to get involved. They host monthly beach clean-ups, the details for which are on their Facebook page.
The National Trust
The National Trust has been protecting the future of Cayman’s heritage and environment since 1987. Supporting the Ministry of the Environment’s environmental programmes, the Trust is a not-for-profit NGO created to preserve the history and biodiversity of the Cayman Islands.
Through education and conservation it works to protect environmentally sensitive and historically significant sites. The Trust runs environmental, historic and educational programmes including the Mission House, the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, guided nature walks of the Mastic Trail and volunteer projects. Being a member, allows you access to voting privileges at general meetings, and discounts on entry into National Trust properties around the world. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.ky.
Central Caribbean Marine Institute
The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is a not-for-profit organisation in Little Cayman that works to protect coral reefs through conservation, research and education. The Institute runs an annual summer camp for students, programmes for researchers in the field of marine biology and conservation and other initiatives that aims to protect Cayman’s marine environment.
Visit www.reefresearch.org to learn how to get involved in their many initiatives.
Ambassadors of the Environment
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman has partnered with Jean-Michel Cousteau to create this world renowned programme of educational and fun activities for both children and adults. Teaching about the natural wonders and cultural traditions of the Cayman Islands, participants foster an appreciation and respect for nature, as well as an understanding of how to be more environmentally responsible.
Call (345) 815 6120 for further details.
Earth Day Clean Up
An annual event in Cayman, the Earth Day Clean Up draws hundreds of volunteers to collect litter and debris from Cayman’s roadsides and beaches. Visit www.caymanchamber.ky to find out when the 2021 event will take place.
Project Grow helps students and teachers learn the principles of gardening through the development of sustainable school gardens, fostering a link to healthy eating and nutritional choices. Project Grow has built gardens in twenty schools across Cayman, teaching children from as young as 3-15 the principles of gardening. All schools are invited to apply and eligible schools are then accepted into the programme.
With hands-on experience, Project Grow allows children to relate growing their own vegetables and herbs to healthy eating. To learn more visit www.caymanprojectgrow.com.
Report Eco Crimes
Cayman's Department of the Environment (DoE) launched a free app called SIREN Cayman to assist the public with reporting eco crimes happening in Cayman's Marine Parks. Help Marine Enforcers protect Cayman's Marine Parks by downloading a handy app called SIREN Cayman. This app allows you to report eco crimes happening in Cayman's fragile Marine Parks, view a map of Cayman's Marine Protected Areas and look up Marine Laws.
With Cayman’s fisheries dwindling due to rapid development, increases in the population and over fishing, eco warriors can help keep Cayman’s fragile Marine Parks safe by reporting poachers or any other challenges that need to be brought to the attention of Marine Enforcers. Want to remain anonymous? Cayman’s Department of the Environment (DoE) launched a free app called SIREN Cayman to assist the public with reporting crimes occurring in Cayman’s Marine Parks. Some of the great features of this app is that it has a map of Cayman’s Marine Protected Areas and handy information about our Marine Laws.
SIREN Cayman can be downloaded to Apple or Android smartphones. Visit your app store or DoE’s website www.doe.ky for more information.