Clear Waters, Bright Futures

The Blue Economy is marine-based economic development that leads to improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.

World Oceans Day is officially recognized by the United Nations, and has become an annual celebration on 8 June as well as a call for ocean conservation action throughout the year. Promoted and coordinated by The Ocean Project since 2002, in partnership with a network of diverse organizations, the effort has expanded to over 100 countries.

In celebration of World Oceans Day 2017, The Caribbean Maritime Institute – School of Advanced Skills (CMI-SAS) and The Development Foresight Institute (DFI) hosted a youth forum entitled “Clean Waters, Bright Futures” on June 8, 2017

It was attended by students in the CMI-SAS’s Occupational Associate Degree Programme as well as students from the Clan Carty and Kingston High Schools.

The event was organized and chaired by Akera Franklyn, Research Assistant at the Caribbean Maritime Institute – School of Advanced Skills and Project Associate at the Development Foresight Institute, who engaged the participants in discussing why they deemed the ocean as being important, and their role in preserving the nation’s waterways from the home to the wider society. Additionally, they were given information sheets which sought to solidify the oceans importance in our lives.

The participants were then educated by Ms. Felicia Wong, Project Coordinator at the Jamaica Environmental Trust (JET) on the topic “Our Solid Waste Problem” which provided statistical data about the state of the Jamaican environment as it relates to solid waste issues mainly caused by plastic pollution.

She also spoke to them about joining the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica campaign and debunked 7 Garbage Myths which are:

  1. You can throw garbage anywhere because a goat will eat it.
  2. Littering creates jobs.
  3. I am entitled to a bin.
  4. The government must pick up my personal garbage.
  5. My one plastic bottle cannot be a problem.
  6. Reduce waste? Say what?
  7. All garbage is the same.

The forum was a success and all participants were charged with playing their part in reducing plastic pollution by doing three things:  reducing waste, reusing waste and separating garbage in order to either recycle them or to create compost. Ultimately, the participants agree that clean waters do help to secure bright futures.