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BVI to host Green Fete | Tackles plastic waste

Plastic waste. (Photo by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States).

The British Virgin Islands will observe Earth Day with a Green Fete this year and will focus on ending plastic pollution and replanting the territory.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 globally where various activities are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

The event will take place at Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Park from 2-6pm.

“This is the fifth year we are celebrating Earth Day but this is the first year that we are celebrating it in the Queen Elizabeth ІІ Park and collaborating with the National Parks Trust. We branded it Green Fete this year to try to raise the level of participation. The concept is bigger than in previous years,” said Deputy Director at Green VI, Sarah Penney.

“It’s just going to be an awesome day for families,” she added. 

Activities

A number of activities are being planned including a sidewalk mural.

“What I am most excited about is the giant mural that we are going to do on the sidewalk at Queen Elizabeth ІІ Park and it’s going to say: Earth Day BVI 2018,” Penney said.

She said everyone who attends the event will get a piece of chalk so they can add their own design to the mural.

She said the mural will then be photographed and added to the international Earth Day’s website to show the BVI’s participation.

Entertainment, tips on how to reuse and recycle plastics and other non-biodegradable items will also form part of the event.

There will also be a clean-up campaign. It will start at QEII Park, continue through the Tortola Pier Park, and then on Main Street in Road Town.

Green VI, the National Parks Trust, and Unite BVI will be hosting Green Fete. They have partnered with the Department of Waste Management, Agriculture Department, the Conservation & Fisheries Department, and other organisations and volunteers including the Governor’s wife, who will lead the ‘Trash to Treasure’ activity.

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  1. Sarah Graham says:

    it is estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic waste entered the ocean in 2010. That amount is expected to double by 2026.

    A plastic bottle is believed to take 450 years to break down……it doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to understand that we have a huge problem. Creating more trash than we can dispose of.

    Plastic doesn’t disappear but breaks into smaller and smaller pieces. A bottle eventually becomes 10,000 different small pieces of plastic – fish eat these toxic pieces – we eat fish….our own food supply is becoming contaminated and supply of food will become more scarce over time.

    I will be on a stand to offer tips and advice on little changes we can make every day to reduce our consumption of plastic. Come by and see me. I would especially love to speak to food vendors and restaurant owners.

    Living a Less Waste Lifestyle.

  2. Anonymous says:

    No lets just use a piece of CHALK to clean up TORTOLA. N thasit !!

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