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World Oceans Day 2019 Beach Clean Up on Grand Bahama
By Gail Woon, Founder of EARTHCARE
Jun 7, 2019 - 9:58:03 AM

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EARTHCARE Volunteers before the EARTHCARE World Oceans Day Beach Cleanup 2019

Freeport, Grand BahamUnder the theme “Together we can protect and restore our ocean” EARTHCARE volunteers cleaned the beach at Williams Town on Saturday, May 25th to celebrate World Oceans Day which is on June 8th world-wide.  EARTHCARE joined with hundreds of events worldwide to inspire people to get involved in solutions for a healthy ocean and society - by supporting clean energy choices, trash-free coasts and beaches, sustainable seafood, and more.  This year’s Conservation focus is to demonstrate leadership in preventing plastic pollution and to share solutions that inspire and activate the global community.

11 EARTHCARE volunteers met very early in the morning on the weekend Saturday. We filled a truckload of marine debris and removed a 55 gallon drum, plastic waste and much more.  Three of our dedicated stars came, Jahrin Ellis, Penelope Lightbourn and veteran, Jill Cooper.   

George Williams, EARTHCARE Volunteer and Resident of Williams Town working at the EARTHCARE World Oceans Day 2019 Beach Cleanup

EARTHCARE’s youngest volunteer, Riley Williams, just turned 3 years old, brought her Dad, Robert Williams Jr. and his Uncle, George Williams.  “It was a pleasure to assist”, said George Williams. 

“It was a productive day.  I was able to explain to our volunteers the significance of International Coastal Cleanup Day in September and the importance of the data that is collected by citizen scientists world-wise on that day.  I spoke about EARTHCARE’s efforts to raise awareness of the environment, the healthy endangered coral reefs, the importance of mangrove nurseries and seagrass beds.  We discussed ways for us to Drawdown Climate Change which threatens to increase Sea Levels which will negatively impact our low-lying country.  In turn, we must stop ocean plastic, a growing crisis facing society and our shared ocean. World Oceans Day 2019 builds on personal awareness, actions, and commitments to reduce single-use plastic, and mobilizes action on the scale necessary to bring about real change.  I hope that next year we will have more participants.”, said Gail Woon Founder of EARTHCARE

EARTHCARE volunteers cleaning Williams Town Beach in honour of World Oceans Day 2019

Unusual items of interest included a plastic toothbrush, plastic packing straps (very harmful to marine life), a pair of scissors, and many, many bottles and cans.    

EARTHCARE volunteers who worked hard cleaning the beach at Williams Town include:-

Jonathan Smith, Jahrin Ellis, Penelope Lightbourn, George Williams, Robert Williams Jr., Riley Williams,  Jill Cooper, Lavaughn Hamilton, Sade Pinder, Tyrie Moss and Gail Woon.  EARTHCARE dedicates our environmental education work to the memory of Benjamin and Judy Rose, Environmental Stewards and members of EARTHCARE as well as the Uncle and Aunt of EARTHCARE Founder, Gail Woon.

Photos by Riann Moss & Gail Woon, EARTHCARE
EARTHCARE Volunteers before the EARTHCARE World Oceans Day Beach Cleanup 2019

Penelope Lighbourn, EARTHCARE Eco Kid in action cleaning Williams Town Beach in honour of World Oceans Day 2019

EARTHCARE Volunteers, Sade Pinder and Jill Cooper preparing for the Cleanup in honour of World Oceans Day

Gail Woon, Founder of EARTHCARE explaining what happens on International Coastal Cleanup Day in September every year


Jonathan Smith, EARTHCARE Eco Kid Team Leader in action cleaning Williams Town Beach in honour of World Oceans Day 2019

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