Be Part Of An Environmental Solution – Clean Up Barbados September 18th, 2010
Barbados was recognised in 2009 by “Clean Up The World” the world’s largest community-based environmental project, started 21 years ago by just one person. The Future Centre Trust embarked on the inaugural “Clean Up Barbados” campaign in 2009 where local businesses and community members contributed to a healthier environment. The theme – “Communities uniting to […]
By Future Centre Trust
June 23, 2010
Barbados was recognised in 2009 by “Clean Up The World” the world’s largest community-based environmental project, started 21 years ago by just one person. The Future Centre Trust embarked on the inaugural “Clean Up Barbados” campaign in 2009 where local businesses and community members contributed to a healthier environment.
The theme – “Communities uniting to combat climate change” – emphasised that global warming is not just the responsibility of politicians. It said that by working together, in our local communities, we can make a difference – and what a difference we made.
Clean up’s are not uncommon in Barbados as individual citizens, community and business groups have adopted an area to clean up throughout the year. However, this is the first time on such a large scale a coordinated day with documented results had been achieved. The Future Centre Trust’s Clean Up Barbados accomplished:
740+ volunteers and group members
36 different registered community groups
28 different sites were cleaned
41 tonnes of waste collected
On recount of the areas cleaned volunteers and businesses were pleasantly surprised with the cleanliness of Barbados beaches managed by the NCC. It was however the foliage at the edge and behind the beaches, the gullies and our very own communities that needed the most support and attention. Some amazing efforts were seen on the day by a vast range of groups eager to make a difference to our environment including:
A tremendous feat by the Barbados Defence Force, Island Safari Tours, and Innotech tackled Blackman’s Gully – one of our tourist trails for Island Safari and 4×4 tours. As tourists past by they saw our Defence Force in action removing car parts, televisions, fridges, stoves, tyres, Â and food vendors raw food wrappings, a sample of the types of waste collected. This is where our drinking water comes from folks! The team removed over twenty seven tonnes of waste.
An inspirational story of three community members from Philips Road, St Joseph who engaged their community members on the day of the event offering to clean front and back yards to rid the area of old stoves and fridges that had become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The team collected an amazing 6 tonnes. Andrew Pilgrim of Philips Road who actively recycles advised the community “You can separate your garbage and recycle to keep it down to a minimum and keep your surroundings looking beautiful like us because Philips Road is the most beautiful place in Barbados.”
Our very own little Blossoms, 5 and 6 year olds, cleaned the beach stretching from Sunswept Beach Hotel to Mango Bay Hotel on the platinum coast. On arrival to video their activities they all showed so much excitement to be cleaning up and were quoted saying “We want to keep Barbados clean because it is special!” These little Blossoms should be our inspiration, imagine what could be achieved if each school principal, staff or PTA coordinated a group to clean up their school and/or area around the school, what a difference the children’s day to day environment would be and what leadership skills we could show our children.
Not to forget an outstanding effort by Verdun House, Care Barbados and Rotaract for their exhausting efforts cleaning over 2 miles of Long Pond beach, collecting 2240 pounds of marine debris mostly washed up from across the Atlantic and Latin American onto our beaches.
During the Clean Up debrief the government was highlighted as one of the key problem areas due to the lack of implementation of legislation relating to fines for illegal dumping. The debrief consensus said “yes” we need more vigilance from the authorities to control and penalise those contaminating our environment but as Ian Kiernan, Chairman and Founder, Clean Up The World stated “We need our politicians to act but we can’t wait for them and ultimately the planet will be saved by the actions we take as individuals – by what we do to minimise our impact on the environment and what we do to repair the mistakes of the past.”
The community coming together to act and raise awareness to achieve a healthy environment can provoke other groups to recognise the need for support.
You can help make Clean Up Barbados 2010 a sure success by contributing:
Donations in kind for items that we need to purchase items for volunteers
Teams from each community to help clean up their own areas, road sides, gullies and behind the beaches.
Equipment or construction companies to assist in the gully clean ups
“School Grounds Clean Up” groups to clean up their school and surrounding areas
Government support to act and remove the waste collected by volunteers
What Sponsors and Partners Say?
Bruce Tudor, Assistant Managing Director of SBI Distribution led a team of 65 plus individuals along with Mrs Mara Thompson to clean Brighton Beach. When asked what they get out of their involvement he commented:
“We have always tried to support worthwhile causes and we have supported the FCT in the past this was a great opportunity to get involved again. It’s a community effort which we are happy to help clean up the country and it is important aspect of companies to be involved in projects like this.”
Virgin Holidays and Barbados Divers Association recruited a team to clean Dover Beach Helen Richmond from Virgin Holidays stated:
“Virgin Holidays has worked in the island to keep the beaches clean, it’s very important to Â support tourism to the island as it is our main source income and if we can get rubbish off the beach and have it recycled, Â its far better for the environment and we want to keep the tourists coming back.”
Ralph White, General Manager of Island Safari conveyed in his interview during the exhausting efforts of the team at Easy Hall and Blackman’s Gully:
“The Government spends a lot of money in having established controlled dump sites, so people can get their garbage dumped in a proper manner. That is all that we are asking for every person in the entire world to do and stop this illegal dumping.”
Tyrone Lowe, Chairman of the Board of the National Conservation Commission asserted:
“Today we wanted to be associated with this project because we believe this is part of keeping the environment clean. From this experience seeing the amount of garbage does not help our water reserves, it does not help the fact that the debris could enter the environment in many ways. This project showed that we need to be more vigilant in how Barbadians become aware of the environment and to keep it clean.”
Captain Andrew Darlington, Barbados Defence Force led a team of 150 from the defence force and volunteers he conveyed:
“The purpose for this project is to ensure that Barbados – one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Caribbean – is preserved. We want to set a good example to the younger generations so they can invest in the future of the island and keep it in the great state that it is in.”
And finally our Patron of Clean Up Barbados 2009 Mrs Mara Thompson encouraged all the volunteers to continue their efforts:
“I got involved in Clean Up Barbados when a parent at my daughters school asked if I would get involved and of course I was only too happy to help clean up Barbados. I think that other people can get involved in this by simply cleaning up their own areas or you can always get involved by joining the group and clean up wider Barbados. I would like to thank the volunteers who turned up is such large numbers and hope they will continue to clean up and recruit others to do so.”
The Clean Up Barbados event will take place September, 18, 2010. Many of our open spaces, beaches, gullies and roadways need attention. Clean Up Barbados is linked by the membership to the Clean Up The World weekend, held the third weekend of September every year. The event gives groups and individuals the chance to get out and get involved with cleaning an area that needs attention and that the community shares a passion in maintaining.
About Clean up the World
The Clean Up the World campaign originated in Australia and was the brainchild of Ian Kiernan who organized a clean up of Sydney harbour in 1989. In 1993, with support and funding from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the California based EGBAR foundation, Clean Up the World was launched with 30 million people from 80 countries participating in the first clean-up. Since then it has been held every year and has not stopped growing. In 2001, 37.5 million people from 128 countries demonstrated their commitment to a healthy environment through various clean ups throughout the world. www.cleanuptheworld.org
About Future Centre Trust
The Future Centre Trust is an environmental Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) and registered charity providing environmental education to the public of Barbados. Its mission is “To stimulate awareness and encourage responsible management of the vital relationship between people and nature leading to a sustainable future for allâ€. This is achieved through various programmes, activities and presentations to the community which are included and highlighted at www.futurecentretrust.org
The Future Centre Trust is an environmental Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and registered charity providing environmental education to the public of Barbados. Its mission is "To stimulate awareness and encourage responsible management of the vital relationship between people and nature leading to a sustainable future for all". This is achieved through various programmes, activities and presentations to the community which are included and highlighted at www.futurecentretrust.org