The Turks & Caicos National Trust led students and volunteers in clearing Five Cays beach area of trash and debris to celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity on May 22nd.
Being part of the global community, the Turks and Caicos Islands perpetually joins with countries of the world in celebrating the variety of life on earth, called ‘biodiversity.’
Students from Enid Capron Primary School, community volunteers and staff of the Turks & Caicos National Trust collected two dozen of large trash bags during the morning clean-up at the beach. Everybody was attuned to cleaning the coastal areas from marine debris that harm our marine life and ecosystems.
As expressed by the National Trust Education and Outreach Manager, Dellareese Higgs, “We thought it fitting to choose an event that would immerse students in an action packed lesson where they learn how they too, can become stewards of a global community, by keeping the environment and their communities clean for the most vulnerable species that share the planet.”
Teachers at the Enid Capron Primary praised the effort and were happy to oblige the Trust as they saw the opportunity to engage students while still very young, to develop in them a call for action, so that they know that they have a responsibility to the environment.
As stated by 5th grade teacher, Ancie Bernadine, “This event today, cleaning the beach, such a small task, but so important for students to learn about and protect the coastal communities where they live. I am so happy that my class was chosen, as the majority of them use this beach. Hopefully as they remove some of the plastic bags, bottles and other trash from the beach, they will remember to keep the beach clean, and will continue to protect our plants, animals and marine life for future generations.”
The day’s event marks the 25th year since this global celebration began in 1993.
For this silver anniversary, the United Nations Secretariat chose the theme of this year’s observance – “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity.”
In full support, the National Trust will sponsor similar upcoming events to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues amongst communities in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
The Turks and Caicos National Trust (TCNT), under its mandate, will continue to champion the goals of protecting, conserving, and preserving our wildlife and historical sites, through education and narrative designed to harness the best efforts, and teaching opportunities, and with much persistence and dedication for the benefit of all.