Jamaica Ranks 11th Out of 112 Countries at 2016 International Coastal Cleanup


It’s World Oceans Day, and what better way to celebrate than to congratulate everyone involved in last year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day – and especially the hard-working team at Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Jamaica came 11th out of the 112 countries participating last year! Let’s make it to the Top Ten in 2017! Here’s JET’s press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kingston, Jamaica

World Oceans Day

June 8, 2017

JAMAICA RANKS 11 OUT OF 112 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP

In celebration of World Oceans Day (June 8), the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is pleased to announce that Jamaica has ranked 11th among 112 countries which participated in International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day in 2016.

The annual event, which took place on September 17 last year, is the world’s largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways. ICC involves hundreds of thousands of people turning out to clean coastlines and document what they find, the results of which are published in an annual report. The 2016 report, which included a ranking of the top 20 participating countries, was released on Monday by the Ocean Conservancy, which coordinates the activity globally. Since 2008 JET has worked with the Ocean Conservancy as national coordinators of the event in Jamaica.

Plastic Ocean…

JET CEO Diana McCaulay expressed great pride at the day’s accomplishments. Stressing the importance of the cleanup, she said, “ICC is an opportunity to educate Jamaicans about where a lot of their waste ends up – on our beaches and in our oceans.” She said “ICC also provides a last chance to remove garbage from our beaches before it washes out to sea where it is much more difficult to retrieve, and harms our marine environment.” The 2016 ICC report also features an article [“If A Goat Will Eat It”] by the JET CEO, reflecting on solid waste management in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

Last year, ICC Day was hosted under the theme Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica with a primary focus on increasing the awareness of marine pollution in Jamaica. Jamaica’s 11th place ICC ranking is associated with the record breaking volunteer turnout for ICC in 2016; 138 clean ups took place across the island with 9,276 volunteers covering over 90 miles of coastline and collecting 109,433 pounds of garbage.

Since becoming national coordinators in 2008, JET has been supported by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) which funds ICC activities in Jamaica. Dr. Carey Wallace, Executive Director of TEF, congratulated JET on the achievement, stating: “The Tourism Enhancement Fund is proud of the beach cleanup programs that we have embarked on in partnership with JET over many years.” He continued, “We are elated to receive the recognition from the Ocean Conservancy, of placing 11th in the ICC 2016 global ranking.”

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica! ICC 2015.

Last year’s achievements have been very encouraging for JET. “Each year the support for ICC grows, and we move up in the global rankings,” said Suzanne Stanley, JET’s Deputy CEO. “We are hoping that in this, JET’s 10th year as national coordinators we will make it into the top 10!”

ICC 2017 will be launched next month and is set to take place on September 16.

For more information contact Suzanne Stanley at 470-7580 or Denise Reid at 318-3961

JET volunteers at last year’s ICC. (My photo)

 

The Top Ten items collected at the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup.

6 thoughts on “Jamaica Ranks 11th Out of 112 Countries at 2016 International Coastal Cleanup

  1. In 1984 I was in awe over how clean Jamaica. From the airport to Negril and to Sav there was no garbage of any kind along the road or in the Sea. The garbage began to build by the 90’s and I remember seeing the children towing drink boxes and snack wrappers to the ground when on a recess break or waiting for a bus. Very often there were big 50 gallon barrels for trash that whole time but they started to ignore them. In Treasure Beach District I often encouraged them to use the bins for their trash. The garbage started to really build up when the big resorts started to take over the once beautiful peaceful Island. We spent all of our time in the out of the way places to stay trying to be of use any where we could. Building lasting friendships across the Island. One Love

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    1. Well that was the way to do it. Yes, garbage was never a real problem in the 80s, but it seemed to snowball from there. The worst thing was when they introduced plastic bottles instead of our glass bottles! Thank you for all your thoughts and reminiscences, Linda!

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