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
Wonderfully, the Plastic Free Cayman movement continues to grow. This not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) has caught the community’s attention and people are more than ready to refuse single-use plastic bags and plastic straws and take reusable water bottles, cups and containers with them to refill and use. Visit their website or email: email@example.com to learn more about the movement.
The National Trust
The National Trust for the Cayman Islands, established in 1987, is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to preserving natural environments and historic places for the Cayman Islands' present and future generations. They focus on environmental, conservation, Blue Iguana conservation, historical, and educational programmes. With custodianship over 14 heritage sites and 17 environmental sites across all three islands, these locations are protected indefinitely for the community.
The Trust operates as a membership-based organisation, granting members priority tour bookings and discounts on events and the retail store. Additionally, members can benefit from the reciprocal programme with participating members of the International National Trust Organisations (INTO), which provides discounted or free admission to National Trust properties in various countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Barbados and the UK. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
Cayman Eco is a non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring knowledge about climate change, preserving our environment and finding sustainable solutions in the Cayman Islands. Their organisation keeps the Cayman public informed of new initiatives, current issues affecting our environment, as well as charitable events such as regular beach clean-ups and educational seminars. Their website also provides a wealth of news-related and educational resources, such as information about 'Climate Science', global climate change, recycling strategies in Cayman and more. Visit their website or their Facebook page for more information.
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 their website to learn how to get involved in their many initiatives.
Earth Day Clean Up
An annual event in Cayman, the Earth Day Cleanup draws hundreds of volunteers to collect litter and debris from Cayman’s roadsides and beaches. The event takes place in April each year, in unity with Earth Week. Visit the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce website to find out when the 2024 event will take place.
Protect Our Future (PoF)
The youth of the Cayman Islands have been particularly involved in environmental action in recent years, with the youth-led environmental organisation Protect Our Future (PoF) taking the lead. The group is organised into various sub-groups in order for everyone to find their own niche way to contribute; whether it's outreach, teaching younger kids about climate change, partaking in various activism projects, or just showing up on the weekends to participate in fortnightly beach clean-ups, joining PoF is a great way to get involved. Visit their website or email email@example.com, and follow @protectourfuture.eco on social media to learn more about their efforts.
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.
The Cayman Islands Mangrove Rangers programme vows to protect the Islands' last remaining mangrove forests by training young Caymanians and educating students, teachers and other members of the community to understand the importance of the conservation of these delicate ecosystems. Children between ages 8-14 are able to join monthly Junior Rangers meetings. For more information on how to get involved, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.