COMING UP: WORLD EARTH DAY
Written by Dessima Williams on April 25, 2018
Rainbow Inn, your up-country, eco-tourism getaway, in collaboration St. Andrew’s Development Organisation (SADO) and other stakeholders will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration on April 28, 2018 at Rainbow Inn, Grand Bras St Andrew.
The day’s event will commence at 7:00 a m with a “Bring your Pet to a Vet”. Vetenarian Dr. Kimond Cummings will administer vaccines medicines and more to farm animals and pets at a reduced cost. Starting at noon, patrons will be able to travel virtually through Earth by using a google map to locate wherever you want to see, inside or outside Grenada. Small palm plants will be given out free of charge. Paper, not plastics will be featured as local foods will be on sale in paper bags, paper bowls and local calabash.
Organizer and environmentalist, former Ambassador Dessima Williams says that the main reason the inn is leading this event, is for her family business to play its role as a good corporate citizen in contributing to more sustainable consumption and production behaviour. Acknowledging Grenada’s efforts in reducing plastic usage via legislation and community actions, the former United Nations official says that Grenada can scale up its “eliminate plastic pollution efforts” if each person can reduce, reuse and recycle plastics. “We can use more cloth bags and straw bags for food shopping as well as our lovely bamboo baskets; we can purchase more paper-wrapped products; we can use more paper goods when serving or selling food; we can separate plastics from our garbage and avoid plastics going to our rivers and ocean.” Akarda Ventour of SADO agrees that in Grenada “we can remove plastic from our kitchen waste and return to composting waste for our kitchen gardens.”
World Earth Day has been observed on April 22 every year since 1970. Other celebrations took place in Grenada this past Sunday, April 22. The day is intended to bring attention to reducing pollution and stress on the earth, including the ocean which makes up 65 percent of the surface of the earth. The theme for this year’s is “End Plastic Pollution”. According to the Sun newspaper “Earth Day is an annual event marked across the world to show support for environmental protection. The aim is to encourage people to do things that will benefit the Earth, such as recycling more, using solar power or plant trees.
Earth Day is celebrated around the world and it is described as the biggest secular holiday on the planet. More than a billion people were expected to celebrate the day including environmental campaigners Leonardo di Caprio and Emma Watson. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3316853/earth-day-2018-theme-international-plastic-litter-pollution-network/
Environmental actions relating to education, food, clean-up, health and more are invited. For more information contact Rainbow Inn at 442 7714 at [email protected]