In the picture we have the principal, in the middle with the light blue dress, Mr. Keith Richardson (teacher at the back left), Mrs. Deby Alibocas (teacher, front left holding the flag), Mr. Neil Ramlal (teacher, front right, slightly stooping), Mrs. Mala Mohammed (teacher, back right) and I Andy Paul, teacher and Coordinator, at the left with the blue track pants).
The Mayaro Environmental Wave Organisation is calling for greater governmental involvement in cleaning up loads of garbage on the beach. Andy Paul, head of the seven-year-old organisation and the National Sandwatch Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago has integrated World Environment Day celebrations as a major component of the Sandwatch Programme. June 6th 2010, the Mayaro Environmental Wave, in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO hosted the annual event “SandSplash 2010” at the Church Road Beach, Mayaro.
Seventeen groups from all over the lovely island came together to celebrate World Environment Day, including for the first time, two schools from Tobago and the environmental students from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Approximately two miles of the beach was cleaned. All garbage was weighed and sorted according to plastics, glass, metal, Styrofoam and other. Shari Ablack, co-ordinator of the UNESCO group at Naparima College, said the youths in her charge were very much appalled to see so much garbage on the beach. She continued by saying that “the exercise was beneficial to the young people who were very much upset when they encountered a high level of discarded diapers, broken rum and beer bottles and plastic soft-drink bottles on the beach.”
The organisers of the event have noted that there was a greater need for the relevant authorities to sensitize the public to either use the limited garbage bins on the beach, or take their garbage with them. The youths also engaged in a tree-planting exercise, a march throughout the community, and a sand sculpting exercise. Fifty plants were planted as we pledged to do our part in the fight against climate change. It is time to stop talking and start planting.(Special thanks to the Trinidad Guardian reporter Shastri Boodan for contributing to this report)
Keep it Clean This is the mighty Mikey And I’m not living far from the sea I enjoy the breeze and the scenery The water is the best in the Caribbee.
It really hurts me to see So much people polluting the sea Tar on the sand, dead fish on the land
It’s about time we all put a hand Don’t throw your cups and your dirty plates Put them in bags and not in the lakes For God’s sake find a garbage bin To dirty the sea is really a sin
by Michael Dereaux, Student Mayaro School, Trinidad