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 now 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 www.plasticfreecayman.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the movement and about ways to get involved.
The National Trust
The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has been protecting the future of Cayman’s heritage and environment since 1987. The Trust is a not-for-profit NGO created to preserve the history and biodiversity of the Cayman Islands. The Trust runs environmental, historical and educational programmes including the Mission House, Blue Iguana Conservation, guided nature walks of the Mastic Trail and volunteer projects. Being a member allows you access to voting privileges at general meetings. Other perks include priority booking on local tours, discounts on local Trust events, and much more.
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.
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.
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 www.caymanchamber.ky to find out when the 2023 event will take place.
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.