Archive | January, 2014

Save The Bays Releases New ‘KB’ Video Children Join Popular Singer Calling for Love of the Environment

Singing for their future – More than 20 children from Grand Bahama participate along with musical giant, Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie, during a music video shoot for the energetic and environmentally charged single ‘Save The Bays’. The video, titled K.B. & Kids – Save the Bays, can be found on facebook.com/SaveTheBays; and youtube.com/user/ProtectCliftonBay. The music speaks to stewardship, protecting land for future generations.

Singing for their future – More than 20 children from Grand Bahama participate along with musical giant, Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie, during a music video shoot for the energetic and environmentally charged single ‘Save The Bays’. The video, titled K.B. & Kids – Save the Bays, can be found on facebook.com/SaveTheBays; and youtube.com/user/ProtectCliftonBay. The music speaks to stewardship, protecting land for future generations.

 

If music videos had movie-like ratings, a new release by Save The Bays would get a ‘G’ for general audience, ‘L’ for lively and a ‘P’ for the powerful message it delivers – a clarion call to “Rise up, Bahamas, C’mon, let’s Save The Bays.”

So says Joseph Darville, the highly respected educator who participated in the making of the video featuring the voice and environmental passion of Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie, the most popular musical artist in The Bahamas.

“We shot and recorded this on a beach in Grand Bahama with about 20 children who just had a ball,” said Darville, a retired principal and ardent environmental advocate who now serves as Education Director for Save The Bays, the popular movement sweeping the nation. “K.B. was wonderful, so full of energy, and the other adult in the video, Gail Woon, put aside her serious science side to show the sheer joy of having a magnificent beach like this to enjoy and the fun of dancing in the sand and raising our voices to call for everyone to respect the land and save the bays.” Woon is founder of Earthcare Bahamas, founded 25 years ago and dedicated to environmental education. It is one of several non-governmental organisations partnering with Save The Bays to bring the message that a green economy is the best economy for The Bahamas and to urge passage of laws that would protect the environment against unregulated development and other abuses while ensuring public involvement in the consultation process for proposed projects.

The most popular musical artist in The Bahamas – Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie shoots music video on the beaches in Grand Bahama for the environmental single ‘Save The Bays’. The video, titled K.B. & Kids – Save the Bays, can be found on facebook.com/SaveTheBays; and youtube.com/user/ProtectCliftonBay.

The most popular musical artist in The Bahamas – Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie shoots music video on the beaches in Grand Bahama for the environmental single ‘Save The Bays’. The video, titled K.B. & Kids – Save the Bays, can be found on facebook.com/SaveTheBays; and youtube.com/user/ProtectCliftonBay.

 

The star of the 4-minute video, ‘K.B.’ has used entertainment over many years to sing the song of protection and preservation, saying he wants his life and his life’s work to mean something. Like the title song of the new video, he has written six new songs shouting out the message that preserving and protecting the environment is not up to “them.” It is, he says, “up to all of us.”

Called K.B. & Kids – Save The Bays, the video is available on facebook.com/SaveTheBays and youtube.com/user/ProtectCliftonBay.

Save The Bays Facebook page with more than 13,000 friends and followers and a petition calling for environmental legislation has nearly 6,000 signatures. That petition is available at savethebays.bs.

ABC TO AIR ‘GAMBLING WITH BIMINI’S BEAUTY’ ON LOCAL NEWS TONIGHT, REPORT BY EMMY AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST CHRISTINA VAZQUEZ

WPLG, the ABC Miami ABC, is set to air “Gambling with Bimini’s Beauty,” a report on a controversial resort and gaming development underway on the island in the northern Bahamas that environmentalists fear will destroy Bimini’s fragile coral reefs and world-renowned marine environment.

The report is slotted to appear Friday, January 17 in the 11 pm Local News and repeated in whole or part over the next few days. It was researched, written and produced by award-winning journalist Christina Vazquez who was on site in Bimini to investigate the development by Malaysian-based Genting Group and its potential environmental impact. At the heart of the matter is a planned 1,000-foot pier to convenience cruise traffic and mega-yachts feeding passengers into the casino that opened in 2013. Along with the pier the developer has announced plans to build an artificial 4.5-acre island.

In an online and on TV promo for the news story, the report questions “Is this too big a gamble for this tiny island?” According to one scientist interviewed, Bimini has a resident population of about 1,600, about the same number of persons the cruise ship can deposit on the island daily.

Many on the island, according to the story, feel that Bimini is “under siege.”

Scientists, too, have expressed concern, and joined with the Bimini Blue Coalition and Save The Bays to offer what they call ‘A Better Plan for Bimini.’ Eight scientists – each one with a Ph.D. in marine or marine-related science — have joined forces with Bimini Blue Coalition, including Dr. Kristine Stump, Dr. Craig O’Connell, Dr. Demian Chapman, Dr. Eric Stroud, Dr. Bryan Franks, Dr. R. Dean Grubbs and others. Criticism of the size of the project and its placement has not been limited to scientists. In a widely-read piece in The Tribune, Bahamian Insight and news editor Paco Nunez wrote, “The question of ecological impact is particularly alarming. Scientists and ecologists have long regarded Bimini as unique in terms of variety and abundance of marine species and fish habitats. Bimini’s pristine waters are described as being of ‘unequalled ecological importance,’ by the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation, a facility renowned for its groundbreaking work…The Bahamas National Trust has warned that the cruise ship pier would ‘cause irreparable and continuing damage’ to this marine environment. The pier site is within 1.5 miles of 70 per cent of the island’s prime dive sites, and marine biologist Gail Woon called the plan a ‘complete abomination’ that would destroy endangered coral reefs. World-renowned dive guru Neil Watson said he was personally ‘devastated’ by the potential damage to the diving and fishing industries, which generate 90 per cent of Bimini’s current hotel occupancies and ‘millions’ for its economy.

The reporter on the ABC story, Christina Vazquez, has won several awards for journalistic distinction, including an Emmy and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNBiu5EDSaY

Save The Bays Makes Waves in Social Media

Save The Bays Hits a High Note with Performers and Public – Top Bahamian entertainers lent voices and talent to the environmental movement sweeping The Bahamas, Save The Bays, during a concert headlined by Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie  in late December at Arawak Cay. Save The Bays now has more than 13,000 friends and fans on Facebook and is nearing the 6,000 signature mark on a petition calling for an Environmental Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act.

Save The Bays Hits a High Note with Performers and Public – Top Bahamian entertainers lent voices and talent to the environmental movement sweeping The Bahamas, Save The Bays, during a concert headlined by Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie in late December at Arawak Cay. Save The Bays now has more than 13,000 friends and fans on Facebook and is nearing the 6,000 signature mark on a petition calling for an Environmental Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act.

As The Bahamas celebrated its 40th Anniversary of Independence and marked its first Majority Rule Day, thousands of Bahamians pledged their love for country by signing the Save The Bays petition seeking protection of Bahamian marine life among other environmental protection measures.

Formed in April 2013, the group’s call to action through online support has swept its status from new environmental group to national movement with more than 13,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook and nearly 6,000 signatures on a petition calling for an Environmental Protection Act, a Freedom of Information Act and an end to unregulated development.

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“Bahamian land and its surrounding waters are the singular, uniting investments that all Bahamian citizens from varied walks of life have to depend on for their enjoyment, their livelihood and to support for future generations,” said Fred Smith, senior attorney and officer of Save The Bays. “Reaching our first goal of 5,000 signatures was a great achievement for us but we are very pleased that the number keeps growing weekly as we ask Bahamians to pledge commitment for this cause. It is vital that if our resources are to be respected by our visitors, they must be respected by Bahamians first—the people to whom they are entrusted.”

Through the petition, Save The Bays aims to motivate the government to implement an Environmental Protection Act and a Freedom of Information Act. The petition seeks to create a marine park at Clifton Bay, protect crown land & sea beds at Nygard Cay, stop oil spills and pass conchservation laws.

 

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According to Smith, the facts supporting the need for those initiatives resound clearly, yet the offshore areas of New Providence, including Clifton Bay, remain without a marine-managed area that would protect vital coral reef ecosystems.
More than a dozen association and organization partners have signed on with Save The Bays, including the The Nature Conservancy, Earthcare, and the Bahamas National Trust, an organization recognized for its many natural and environmental protection initiatives.

In addition to calling for laws protecting the environment, Save The Bays has filed legal action in two matters and launched major educational campaigns sensitizing educators and students to how fragile the Bahamian environment is. Save The Bays has also partnered with Bimini Blue Coalition, a champion for the protection of Bimini’s reefs, beaches and waters, as well as Waterkeeper Alliance—the voice of the world’s waters with organisations and volunteers in 37 countries. In late December, hundreds turned out for a concert headlined by Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie to promote Save The Bays.

“We at Save The Bays are committed to collaborating with any organization or individuals who recognize the need for environmental conservation, protection and preservation,” Smith said.
The petition, in addition to general information regarding Save The Bays, can be found online at www.savethebays.bs and on Facebook by searching www.facebook.com/SaveTheBays.