PwC in Barbados joined over one thousand volunteers across the island and over 100 countries around the world on Saturday, 15 September to observe International Coastal Clean-up Day by taking part in the Future Centre Trust’s Clean Up Barbados island-wide campaign.
This year, our group was even bigger, with over 40 volunteers from PwC, along with familiesand friends, includingchildren under the age of ten.The youngest helpers werejust two years old. Our team gathered early on Saturday morning at Folkstone Marine Park, St. James, to clean up refuse, which littered the beach, boardwalk, the park and surrounding areas.
Gerry Mahon, Regional Operations Leader, said, “The Future Centre Trust’s focus was on the reef this year, so we selected a location that would benefit greatly from our support. Whilst the National Conservation Commission does a very good job of keeping this and other areas clean, we were pleased to once again be part of an initiative that provides additional reliefin such an important area of environmental conservation. PwC’s purpose is to Build trust in society and solve important problems. The pollution of our beaches and waterways continues to be agrowing environmental issue and this is one way PwC can help to solve a problem that affects all of us.”
Michelle White-Ying, Human Capital Leader said, “We are always looking for ways to provide volunteering opportunities for our staff and support our local communities. Both at PwC in Barbados and across the firms in the Caribbean, the International Coastal Clean-up is considered one of our core initiatives. We’ve already had some great feedback from colleagues and conversations are geared towards which location we will go to next year. At PwC we work towards controlling and limiting our impact on the environment, which is why we continue to make Clean Up Barbadosan important date in our calendar and encourage others to join us.”
The group collected 60kg (132.3 pounds) of materials which could not be recycled and 20kg (44.1 pounds) of materials which could be recycled. Plastic bottles, beer bottle caps and plastic bottle caps formed majorityof what was collected and all of these things can be recycled and/or reused. Of most concern is the threat to an already delicate ocean ecosystem. The materials collected play a significant part in endangering the reef and the animals that rely on it to thrive. We hope by supporting this initiative each year that we play a role in getting the message across, and lead more of our local community and visitors to become conscious of the catastrophic impact that the environment is facing both here in Barbados and around the world.