Celebrating Earth Month – the events calendar 2011

The Cayman Earth Day Committee has declared April 2011 as “Earth Month” in the Cayman Islands. The Committee is spearheaded by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, Cayman Turtle Farm, Cayman Active, Dive Tech, Department of Environment, Camana Bay, Global Directories and Department of Tourism. The Earth Day Network has chosen “A Billion Acts of Green” as the theme for 2011.

A Billion Acts of Green is the largest environmental service campaign in the world which inspires and rewards simple individual acts that support sustainability. The goal is to register one billion acts in advance of the global Earth Summit in Rio in 2012.

In the Cayman Islands, the Earth Day logo competition precedes the festivities and has already been selected via an annual school Earth Day logo competition approved by the local Earth Day Committee. This year’s winner is Chyna Powery a student at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre and the logo will be used in promotional materials for Earth Week and other events, and will be used as the design for the Earth Week 2011 T-shirts.

Events

On April 2 the Chamber of Commerce organised its annual roadside clean-up. The event first introduced in 1997 kickstarted “Earth Month” by calling upon the commuity to keep Cayman a clean, healthy and beautiful place to live. Also on 2 April Divetech hosted a lionfish hunt at Lighthouse Point & Cobalt Coast Resort.

On Saturday, 9 April volunteers are being asked to assist DOE in collecting important information on the wreck of the Kittiwake by participate in a one tank dive to complete their reef survey. There is a 1pm departure and is specially priced at CI$25. This includes air tanks & weights, but no penetration dives are allowed. Divers must purchase or have park medallions for this dive.

10 April – Annual 5K Fun Run

Everyone in Grand Cayman is invited to contribute to the “Billion Acts of Green’ by participating in the National Trust annual 5k Run/Walk on Sunday, 10 April.

The popular event, once again sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and organised by the Phoenix Athletic Club for the National Trust is scheduled for Sunday, the 10 April with a start and finish opposite the National Trust Office at Dart Park on South Church Street. The out-and-back loop course will carry participants past a number of national points of interest.

Everyone is encouraged to join in the festive action for a 7:30am start, and all are urged to wear a green accessory. Registration is open at the National Trust Visitors Centre from 9am-5pm from Monday, 4 April thru Friday, 8 April with the final opportunity to register from 9am -12 Noon at the NT Visitors Centre in the Dart Family Park on Saturday, 9 April. Registration fees are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12 and includes the race day t-shirt. There will be no race day registration.

Performance awards will be distributed to the first three male and female finishers as well as to the first boy and girl finisher under age 12.

A team prize will be awarded to the first five-person squad from PricewaterhouseCoopers to finish, and also to the first non-PWC five-person corporate entry with all members from the same company.

14 April – DOT Living Green Fair

The Departments of Tourism and Environment will be hosting a “Living Green” fair in celebration of Earth Day on Thursday, 14 April 2011 between 11am-6pm on the lawns of the Governor’s Residence. Local businesses and organisations will be on hand to showcase the range of environmentally-friendly products, services and programmes currently available in the Cayman Islands. The fair will also display the artistic renditions of green living as interpreted by Caymanian children and the initiatives local schools have implemented through the Disney Planet Challenge. The 2011 Disney Planet Challenge winner will present their research project to all patrons.

14-15 April – National Trust/Department of

Environmental Health

Once again, the National Trust and Department of Environmental Health will be hosting two days of activities designed to promote environmental awareness for primary aged students. This event ties in well with this year’s Earth Month theme, “A Billion Acts of Green” and every green act will count toward the billion acts of environmental action worldwide! The goal of the Earth Day Network is to have one billion people register their green event, thereby meeting their goal of a billion acts of green. This event is being organised for 14-15 of April from 10am – 2pm and teachers and students from a variety of primary schools will be invited to attend.

Booths will include stalls and displays from Cayman Wildlife Rescue and will teach children to identify sick or injured wildlife; storytellers from the local public libraries will read select age-appropriate environmental stories; a representative from Department of Environmental Health will review easy ways children can recycle; Divetech will introduce children to PADI Awareness and the National Trust will present its new butterfly presentation titled ‘Butterflies of the Cayman Islands’. Students will also have the opportunity to read, commit to and sign Earth Day Pledges composed by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce.

Please contact Erica Daniel at the Trust by calling 749-1126 for more information.

15 April – National

Dress Down Day

The National Trust is urging residence to participate in its first National Dress down Day on April 15th. Participants are encouraged to wear something green or purchase a National Trust T-shirts in honour of this year’s Earth Month theme: A Billion Acts of Green. Alternatively, a $2 donation can be made and will benefit the environmental, educational and historic programmes of the National Trust. Please call Erika Walton at 749-1129 for more details.

On Saturday, 16 April volunteers are being sought to participate in the reef and beach clean-up at Lighthouse Point and Cobalt Coast Dive Resort. Non-divers can join in by helping as well and there will be a prize for the most unusual pieces of trash found! Most trash found! And the largest piece of trash found! Join them for Happy Hour drinks at Duppies Bar at Cobalt Coast Dive Resort for all participants from 3 – 5pm on 16 April. There will be eco-friendly goodie bags with random prizes for participants only while stocks last.

27 April 27 – Earth Day Festival

at Camana Bay

Camana Bay will be holding its first annual Earth Day Festival on Wednesday afternoon, 27 April. This year’s festival will host environmental displays and activities, a wide variety of interactive educational opportunities for children and adults, as well as exciting live music all in a family-fun atmosphere. The environmental activities and displays include those of vendors of solutions for better protection of the environment, more ecological energy sources, green building, organic and local food, healthy living and others. There will be unique Earth Day-themed art on display including hand-painted recycling barrels. The Catboat Association will be on-hand to give people rides on an authentic Caymanian catboat. Then as the festival winds down at sunset, Hollywood Theaters will have a screening of the new film “Carbon Nation” while a children’s movie will be shown in Gardenia Court for families.

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