Earth Day is celebrated 22 April, but another event is also gaining traction in calling attention to the need to reduce waste and protect natural resources.
“Earth Hour” happens worldwide on Saturday (19 March) whenever the clock strikes 8:30pm in each time zone. At that time, people are urged to turn off unnecessary lights as a reminder of the value in curtailing energy usage. Local organisers say it provides a chance to teach sustainability to a new generation.
“Sustainability means you’re managing the resources you have available to you,” said Gabriella Hernandez, a local environmental activist, “And you’re not just exploiting it all or using it all at one time.”
“In Cayman now, everyone is all about environmental issues,” said Danielle Watler of the National Trust, “And they’re seeing the impact they’re having. I find that we have a very ‘Go Green’ community.”
Organisers will mark Earth Hour with a picnic at Dart Family Park featuring candlelight and acoustic music.