Save The Bays today invited locals and visitors to The Bahamas to get in the swim this weekend, posting or tweeting the finest, funniest or most interesting photos of themselves in the waters of The Bahamas for the chance to win one of several prizes.
Save The Bays CEO Vanessa Haley-Benjamin made the announcement.
“We are very pleased to announce that we are participating as the local arm of an international competition called Swimmable Water Weekend to draw attention to the beauty of the waters,” said Haley-Benjamin. “While in some parts of the world, participants will engage in physical activities to preserve coral reefs or other activities, our participation will be virtual, allowing those who want to share images to post them online on Facebook or tweet them using the hashtags #SwimmableWater and #whywesavethebays.”
Swimmable Water Weekend is an initiative of Waterkeeper Alliance, a network of thousands of volunteers in 37 countries, headed by senior environmental legal authority Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. During Mr. Kennedy’s visit to The Bahamas in May, 2013, he revealed that because of the intensive industrial and developmental pressures on the fragile coral reefs of Clifton Bay, the waters of the Bay and surrounding area had qualified as the first Bahamas Waterkeeper.
Worldwide, the goal of Waterkeepers is to preserve or create swimmable, fishable and drinkable water. Locally, the network is headed by retired educator Joseph Darville. Today, Darville said the Swimmable Water Weekend was perfect timing for The Bahamas.
“The date is ideal for The Bahamas where we celebrate Emancipation Day this August Monday,” said Mr. Darville. “Experiencing freedom throughout these islands in and around the waters is especially fitting and we invite all who will be enjoying the waters of The Bahamas this weekend to share the beauty and magic of their experience.”
Images may be posted to the Save The Bays Facebook page and twitter sites between July 31 and August 2nd. To be eligible, photos must be taken in The Bahamas. Save The Bays has amassed nearly 18,000 friends on Facebook and its petition calling for environmental protection legislation, a freedom of information act, an end to unregulated development and more is nearing 7,000 signatures.
“In The Bahamas where summer holidays and going to the beach go hand-in-hand, posting photos on social media is a powerful way to remind people of the unequalled beauty of these waters and why it is so important not to pollute and to all do our part to protect coral reefs and marine life,” said Ms. Haley-Benjamin.
Judging will take place next week and prizes include a GoPro (Underwater camera) and other photography gear. More information is available on www.savethebays.bs/facebook.