International Coastal Cleanup Day, Jamaica leg, from all indications, was a huge success. Thousands of volunteers came out on Saturday to participate in the event that is said to be the single largest one-day volunteer event in the world!
According to the Jamaica Environment Trust via their website, one hundred and ninety (190) cleanup sites were registered across the island this year.
But that's campsites! Each campsite could have many many volunteers.
In fact, registration for the International Coastal Cleanup Day flagship event in Kingston, the Palisadoes Go-Kart Track – located next to the Norman Manley International Airport, was closed well ahead of the deadline.
In Montego Bay, I was happy to participate at three (3) sites, the Freeport Mangrove area, the beach behind the meeting place - across from Fisherman's beach, and the Old Hospital park beach.
Hundreds of participants, of all ages, orientation and various organizations came together to make it happen. These include schools, prep, primary and tertiary, business organizations, social clubs, churches and other community organizations.
And yes, I have pictures and video!
But just before I share with you, please allow me to say thanks, first to JET and Rotaract. Almost at the 11th hour, JET directed me to the coordinator for the Rotaract's, Ms Deidre Shaw - and I think I found the best team!
So thanks guys and ladies for the partnership. I believe we did a fantastic job in the Freeport Mangrove area before we moved downtown and assisted the other teams.
The highlight here though, was the mosquito bites, certainly for me! Out of youthful exuberance, I rushed into work with mere gloves - forgetting the mosquito repellent, which is suicidal in a mangrove area!
Oh yes, I learned from that :-)
Anyway, away with my ramble, here are some of the pics.
This, by the way, is the area across from the old fisherman's beach area, and behind the UDC football field. You'll notice, based on the pics, that this is the area that needed the most hands!
The highlights for me here were the old mattress, the skull of a goat, and of course the recognition and awards by Rotarian Natasha Parchment-Clarke and her team.
We captured much of that in the video.
I caught up with them a bit later, but just in time for the 'jam', meaning the after-work fun.
I witnessed some great dub poetry, but the highlight for me here was the team from the Montego Bay community college - very exciting, fun and engaged group of young ladies!
But whatever you do... don't miss the video below. It captures these and much more of the exciting day of activities!
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The International Coastal Cleanup Day takes place the third (3) Saturday in September each year. In Jamaica, the Jamaica Environment Trust is the national coordinator.
The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, with communities rallying together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline, beaches, rivers and lakes. The movement was inspired by two ocean lovers, Linda and Kathy, in Texas, USA.