Did you know that the Cayman Islands are a sustainability leader in the Caribbean? In fact, the Cayman Islands have established a Ministry of Sustainability and Climate Resiliency to help guide and oversee sustainability initiatives across the islands. There are also many recycling programs and centers in Grand Cayman, which helps keep this beautiful island green! In this blog post, we will discuss some of the sustainability and recycling programs in Grand Cayman and how they are helping to make a difference.
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Sustainability Initiatives in Grand Cayman
The Ministry of Sustainability and Climate Resiliency
The Cayman Islands are committed to sustainability and have taken many steps to reduce their environmental impact. One way they are doing this is by establishing The Ministry of Sustainability and Climate Resiliency. This ministry helps to oversee sustainability initiatives across the Cayman Islands and provides guidance on how to best reduce the islands’ environmental impact. The ministry is also responsible for creating and implementing policies to promote sustainability and renewable energies, such as the National Energy Policy.
One of the many ways the Ministry is giving back is by adopting The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. With “Plant A Tree for the Jubilee,” the Cayman Islands Government invited people of the Cayman Islands to plant 70 native, endemic or fruit trees in each constituency, and 70 Mahogany trees across all three islands. Visit their website to see how that initiative has grown this year, along with many, freshly planted trees across the islands!
Recycling in the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands also have a number of recycling programs in place to help reduce waste and keep the island clean. Recycling centers can be found throughout Grand Cayman, where residents can drop off their recyclable materials. These materials are then sorted and sent off-island for processing (typically to the US). The Cayman Islands also have a number of laws in place to help reduce littering and encourage recycling, such as the Litter Law and legislation to ban single-use plastics from the island.
Ambassadors of the Environment Program
One sustainability initiative that is making a difference in Grand Cayman is the Ambassadors of the Environment Program. This program is offered by the Ritz-Carlton in various locations across the world, but it is especially popular in Grand Cayman. The program offers volunteers the opportunity to learn about and experience sustainability firsthand.
Volunteers of all ages (family-friendly!) can participate in activities such as night snorkeling, kayak adventures, underwater photography and private, guided telescope observations. Through these activities, guests will learn about the importance of sustainability and it’s impact on the natural environment that makes up the Cayman Islands. Learn more here and turn your Grand Cayman getaway into an educational adventure!
Protect The Seas
The people and government of The Cayman Islands also go above and beyond by being a world-leader in marine conservation programs. The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) performs research around the island to help bridge the gap between knowledge and action. Their research, education, and initiatives have helped saved countless coral reefs in the area and the marine life that inhabits the ocean.
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