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.
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.”
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