Sunday 16 June, 2019

Video: Corporate Jamaica joins with NEPA for beach clean-up

Dozens of corporate companies joined the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) to assist in beach clean-up initiatives along the Palisadoes Road, as part of International Coastal (ICC) Cleanup Day.

The yearly event celebrated on September 3rd is the largest one-day volunteer event in the world with the aim of building awareness about sea pollution and its impact on the environment. 

“We are pleased to be able to come out today to mark International Coastal Day (ICC). We are committed to promoting respect for the environment and what is particularly useful is that numerous NGOs have created a platform for which thousands of Jamaicans can be doing what they really want to do in the first place and that is being responsible about waste, respecting the environment and keeping the place clean”, said Klao Bell-Lewis, communications & PR manager, Carib Cement Company. 

Watch the video for more. 

With the threat of climate of change becoming more apparent especially for small islands, more corporate companies are being urged to find cleaner ways to reduce their carbon footprint. 

“We anticipated 2,400 persons and we got way more than that. The debris that we see along the beach line is actually frightening because it says we are not ready, anticipating and certainly not knowledgeable about the environmental impact”, said Wincella Cummings, Director, Recycling Partners of Jamaica. “I think that maybe through legislation or PR, we have to get Jamaicans to understand how they are damaging the environment”. 

Meanwhile, the island-wide ban on Single-Use Shopping Bags, Plastic Straws, and Styrofoam will take effect on January 1, 2019.

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