Students celebrate World Oceans Month
Published: Jun 19, 2013
Volunteers from the United States Embassy and members of the Young Marine Explorers (YME) at Woodcock Primary School along with Bahamas Waste recently partnered to clean up the popular beach at Goodman’s Bay, in observance of World Oceans Month.
YME, a locally-based NGO, inspires Bahamian youth to develop an interest in and passion for their environment, in order to help shape the ecological future of The Bahamas. The young explorers were led by YME director and state alumnus, Nikita Shiel-Rolle.
During the beach cleanup, she used the opportunity to educate the volunteers about marine life, invasive species that pose a threat to the environment and addressed the importance of ocean conservation in an interactive setting. The eager students and volunteers spent several hours removing various forms of debris and garbage from along the coastline and the sea. Representatives from Bahamas Waste donated their time and also disposed of the trash collected at the end of the cleanup campaign.
Last June Shiel-Rolle participated in a special U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the U.S. that focused on environmental education and conservation programs.
At the conclusion of the beach cleanup, the U.S. Embassy’s interim public affairs officer Dana Jea presented Willamae Bridgewater, the principal of Woodcock Primary School with science books and materials to promote environmental conservation among the youth.
The U.S. Embassy-led initiative is an effort to encourage other local organizations to protect The Bahamas’ natural beauty by participating in similar beach cleanup programs throughout New Providence.
The Embassy’s volunteers included representatives from the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Navy and members of the U.S. Marine Corps Security Detachment as part of the Embassy’s overreaching philosophy of environmental protection and responsibility.