Over 180 pounds of garbage was collected and removed from the Whitehouse community in Montego Bay by Sandals Foundation Ambassadors and Sandals Earth Guardians from the three Sandals Resorts in the second city, along with students and teachers from Flanker Primary & Junior High, to commemorate Earth Day 2019 last Thursday.
The Whitehouse community which is a part of the protected Montego Bay coastline was cleared of bottles, straws, plastics, and numerous other refuse by the due diligence of the team from Sandals Inn, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Montego Bay.
The Flanker Primary and Junior High Students, as well as teachers, were also the beneficiaries of a tour of the Montego Bay Marine Park, courtesy of the Sandals Foundation. The enlightened students and Sandals team members then got a glass-bottom boat tour on the beautiful Caribbean Sea that washes the Montego Bay coastline, where they were able to see coral reef and the marine life so vital to our Caribbean Ecosystem.
Sharlinda Forrester, outreach and educational officer, Montego Bay Marine Park, noted, “It’s a good idea to teach children about the marine species that are part of the environment. A lot of times people destroy the reef because they don’t know about the importance. With the tour that we do, the children are always so excited to go out and see the reef and they always want to know about what they see in the water. When they learn they will teach others around them and will grow up with better knowledge of the environment.”
She said pollution is a major problem affecting endangered species. “Turtles, for instance, are not nesting on the beach as they used to. Many are dying before they reach maturity. This is due to the presence of excess light, noise, and pollution.”
Selois Archer, Environment. Health and Safety Manager for Sandals Royal Caribbean said her organization was pleased in affording the students a chance to participate in the Earth Day activities as it would develop their appreciation for mother earth and protecting their environment, particularly their neighbouring communities.
“The garbage clean up will help them to reduce littering in their schools and communities while the tour of the marine park was undoubtedly an eye-opener,” Ms. Archer noted.