Friday, May 15, 2009

Grand Cayman Beach Suites goes 'green'

Published on Friday, May 15, 2009
Cayman Net News


Certification as an internationally recognized “green” organisation is on the horizon for The Grand Cayman Beach Suites (GCBS.)

With a new focus on environmental conservation projects, the GCBS is aiming for “Green Seal” certification by December 2010...see full article

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Grace Christian Academy expands Earth Day for entire year

Tuesday 12th May, 2009 Posted: 16:03 CIT (21:03 GMT)
Caymanian Compass


Grace Christian Academy is expanding its Earth Day participation into a year round program.

Students, teachers and family all pitched in for the community’s annual Earth Day clean up drive, the school also has launched an ongoing classroom project to nurture seedlings for public parks and the West Bay area...see full article

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cayman Eco sponsor Walkers featured in Cayman Net News

Published on Sunday, May 10, 2009
Cayman Net News


As a repeat sponsor of the annual Chamber of Commerce Earth Day Island-wide Cleanup, Walkers’ staff members were once again well represented on the streets and beaches of Cayman.

Along with all the other corporate and individual volunteers, Walkers’ employees helped make a huge dent in the amount of garbage and debris littering the island, improving the impression of Grand Cayman for the benefit of tourists and locals alike...see full article

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Community supports Chamber's Earth Day Cleanup

Thursday 7th May, 2009 Posted: 16:04 CIT (21:04 GMT)
Caymanian Compass

More volunteers, businesses and organisations participated in this year’s 12th Annual Chamber Earth Day Roadside & Beach Cleanup than ever in the history of the event.

Thousands of bags of garbage and debris were collected from all across the Cayman Islands and placed along roadsides for collection by the Department of Environmental Health...see full article.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Trashmore photos cause stink

By Basia Pioro, basia@cfp.ky
Tuesday 5th May, 2009
Caymanian Compass

Two photos taken of the George Town Landfill from the deck of the Valor cruise ship on 14 April by Caymanian anti–trash advocate Kerry Horek have created a groundswell of ire toward the ever–growing heap of garbage dubbed Mount Trashmore...see full article

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Scoop on Dolphins in Captivity

Logo designed by Ric O'Barry

  • Two dolphin facilities exist on Grand Cayman (one beside Boatswains Beach/Turtle Farm and the other in Morgan’s Harbour – both in West Bay).

  • Over 2,000 residents and tourists signed a petition in protest development of these facilities.

  • "Natural enclosure" dolphin facilities such as these are failing elsewhere in the world, where the feces of the dolphins kept in such an abnormally small area cause surrounding coral reefs and fish to die.

  • The Cayman Islands are commended internationally as an eco-tourism destination. Tourists pay thousands of dollars to enjoy our crystal clear, clean waters and abundant sea life because it is increasingly difficult to find such a place anywhere else on the planet.

  • Dolphins in captivity may damage our reputation and bring different tourists – those who don’t understand or appreciate our fragile environment. While Radisson Seven Seas Cruises® announced it will no longer offer dolphin encounter programs in any of its ports of call, no other cruise lines have followed suit.

  • Keeping animals in captivity is unnecessary, especially if they are captured solely for the entertainment of humans. Dolphins are seldom rescued but are instead captured and taken from their pods as part of what is widely regarded as an inhumane dolphin trade. To see video of a dolphin capture, log onto: www.youtube.com and search “dolphin captivity”.

Check out www.dolphinfreecayman.org to find out more about the negative impacts of keeping dolphins in captivity in the Cayman Islands and all around the world.