Police Boys Club encourages preservation the natural environment for future generations through coastal clean-up and tree planting activity held in commemoration of World Environment Day 2012.
As we all go about our busy schedules, sifting through files, attending meetings, making “a day’s work,” surely none of us spend enough time observing and appreciating our natural environment.The Police Boys Club of St. George’s Methodist School and St. George’s Anglican Junior School in collaboration with Education, Conservation, Outreach (ECO), an environmental group of SGU, members of the Marine Protected Area Program of the Fisheries Department as well as community members of Grand Mal, have demonstrated their concerns and commitment in keeping our environment clean and healthy. They ventured out for a whole day clean-up and coastal tree planting activity on Saturday, June, 2nd 2012 at the Grand Mal beach in St. George.This collaborative event sought to bring together the local community as well as participating organizations to clean the beach and surrounding areas as we celebrate World Environment Day 2012.The activities commenced with a clean-up at the beach, located outside the Sunset View Inn where a shocking amount of garbage was collected. Plastic bottles, food containers, food wrappers and even an opened refrigerator were found. The items collected were recorded to help work towards solutions to garbage disposal issues.The shore and underwater component of the clean-up collected a staggering 384 plastic bottles collected, 263 food wrapper/containers, (the second most common item), 193 plastic bags and 77 glass bottles were also collected.For a beach which is less than half-mile long, these numbers indicate a lack of care for our natural environment. As the environment is our life support system, we would do well to improve our stewardship of our island home. If we take better care of our environment, we humans stand to benefit but so do the tiny critters, fish and other marine organisms that live in these areas.Activities for World Environment Day did not stop at the cleanup but continued with tree replanting at the Grand Mal playing field. Almond trees were planted into culverts to help combat erosion and the run off of land based material into the water.By the end of the day, all volunteers were completely exhausted!Initiatives such as these highlight our responsibility as human beings to take care of our environment, not only on designated days like ‘World Environment Day’ but it should be part of our everyday actions. We encourage all to become better stewards of our island home. We have plenty of tips of simple things you can work into each day so contact us if you need some ideas!