|DECR hosts a string of Earth Day activities|
|Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:10|
The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources initiated a number of activities to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 — from school visits to mangroves planting to street and beach clean-ups.
All activities were done simultaneously in most of the islands with staff members assigned to different areas.
“Aside from school visits, I also made contact with local television stations WIV and PTV to interview community business representatives explaining what their businesses are doing to be more “green,” Williams said.
Meanwhile, Provo’s DECR Scientific Unit headed a mangrove planting activity for primary school students in the Venetian Road area, led by Eric Salamanca. According to him, they planted about plant 50 red mangrove saplings. He also explained to the students some of the importance of mangroves as carbon dioxide absorbers, coastal protectors and wildlife habitat as they mature.
Other DECR team members also joined the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association-sponsored beach cleanup on the morning of April 22 from 6-11 a.m. along the Bight Park.
In South Caicos the DECR conducted a cleanup campaign which started at the government dock at 10 a.m.
The DECR in Grand Turk also held a beach cleanup at Pillory Beach and Palm Grove Beach, which started at 7 a.m. In addition, at 10 a.m. a tree planting exercise was done at the Lester Williams Park and Front Street Cabanas.
The celebration continued on Saturday, April 24, with the DECR Provo Team hosting a “Fun Day in the Sun” at the Bight Park which began at 10 a.m. The celebratory activities included a scrimmage volleyball tournament.
Activities culminated on Sunday, April 25, as DECR staff members attended a special service at Bethany Baptist Church to show solidarity and devotion to the universal themes of stewardship shared by faith and Earth Day.
More than 190 other countries in the world celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year. Originally celebrated in the United States in 1970 as a teach-in day to raise awareness of environmental issues, Earth Day has expanded worldwide and is often expanded to become Earth Week as well.
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