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Students deliver World Ocean Day letters to Environment Minister

Environment Minister Dwayne Seymour will have plenty to read over the long holiday weekend after accepting world oceans day letters from Cayman’s schoolchildren.

Friday morning, to mark World Oceans Day, the minister and other officials gathered on the government building steps to receive the letters, which as you can imagine, were full of great ideas to reduce, re-use, and recycle.

“We can only recycle plastics that are number one or two, but the plastic numbers go all the way up to number seven,” suggested Montessori by the Sea year 6 student Harper Barrowman.

“Costa Rica has gone completely plastic-free, and I am hoping to see that with Cayman,” said Cayman Prep year 9 student Nadia Simmonds.

Both of these bright young ladies Cayman 27 spoke with said they believe Cayman could reasonably implement some form of plastic ban in two years time. Cayman 27 asked the minister if he’s ready to commit to that timeline.

“Commit is a strong word, but we can undertake to get there, two years is an achievable time to do anything,” said Mr. Seymour, gesturing to colleagues under the umbrella of the environment ministry. “With the assistance of the team here, I am sure that if that’s the direction that we are going in, then we can achieve it in two years.”

Minister Seymour said individuals should take the steps they can to stop or minimise their use of single use plastics.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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