“We’ve only got one earth, so we really need to look after it,” said Her Excellency, Governor Helen Kilpatrick.
It may sound like common sense, but every year, the world takes a day to honour the planet beneath our feet.
“We all share this planet, so we all have obligations to contribute to ensure that we protect the environment, and that we leave it better off than when we found it,” said Environment minister Wayne Panton
A host of civil servants and other officials joined forces Friday morning (22 April) with Mr. Panton and the governor to celebrate planet earth.
Wearing specially themed earth day shirts, they gathered on the steps of government house, and even planted a tree on the grounds for the occasion.
The National Trust crew hit the streets Friday morning, bringing an all-out earth day blitz to the morning commuters.
“We want to hit the first people out, so the first thing they think of today is earth day, because a lot of people don’t even know this is happening today,” said the National Trust’s Executive Director Christina Pineda. “This is just about going out one day, painting the town green, telling people about earth day and what the National Trust is doing to save Cayman right here at home.”
“We are all about saving the environment and our heritage, our natural heritage and our historic heritage, and people need to know that,” she said.
Cleaning up our coastline is one way to make a difference this earth month.
Polar Bear Air Canditionig is hosting a coastal clean up event Saturday (23 April) at Spotters Way in East End.
Their mission: to clean up as much of this trash, plastic, and other debris on the beach as possible.
“You don’t want to go to the beach, and you don’t want tourists going to the beach and seeing trash, cups, bottles, and all the sea-grass that’s washed-up on the shore recently. We just want to get it all cleaned up,” said Dianaira Whittaker of Polar Bear Air Conditioning.
Captain Marvin’s is donating a shuttle service to the clean-up site starting from Hurley’s supermarket. It departs at 8 AM.