Save The Bays in conjunction with the West End Eco-Fishing Camp and 4 Ocean are spearheading a community wide cleanup initiative in West End, Grand Bahama this Saturday, April 1 from 9am to 3pm.
“Things have changed dramatically over the years in The Bahamas and we are not showing the same pride our parents did,” said, Joe Darville, Save The Bays Chairman. “We’re aiming for 100 volunteers and are appealing to residents of the West End community to be stewards of the environment and come out and get involved in beautifying the surrounding areas where they live.”
Volunteers will meet at the West End Clinic behind St. Mary’s Anglican Parish Hall at 9am. Lunch, t-shirts, hats and gloves will be provided for volunteers. Tennis and jeans are recommended. Students will be eligible to receive community service hours for their participation in the cleanup.
“For too long we’ve allowed our once pristine coastline to become a dumping ground for refuse,” said Rashema Ingraham, Youth Environment Ambassadors Coordinator. “We realize that often time debris is washed ashore from those in the boating community as well. Now is the time to get a handle on the situation before it really gets out of hand.”
Save The Bays, launched in 2013, has filed several judicial review actions on behalf of various Family Islanders who were displaced by or not consulted in connection with investor developments that impacted their lives. Its online petition calling for a true freedom of information act, an end to unregulated development and a comprehensive environmental protection agency has gained nearly 7,000 signatures.