Celebration of Environmental Holidays

If you have flicked through the Roatan Marine Park calendar or are a subscriber to the PADI Project AWARE newsletter or any other organization’s, you would have noticed that there are a host of internationally recognized environmental holidays throughout the year. These events were introduced as a means of uniting communities on a global scale as a way to reduce the amount of trash littering the world. From streams, lakes, and oceans, to fields, forests, and jungles, pollution from trash is a global phenomenon. In an effort to educate the global community, days such as International Cleanup Day on the third Saturday of September and Earth Day on April 22nd have become annual events. Other dates such as World Recycling Day on May 17th and World Day of Oceans on June 8th focus on specific topics regarding the world’s environmental problems.

Here on Roatán, the Marine Park has used these events to promote environmental awareness and involvement and has encouraged participants throughout the island to join in with these events. Originally working with the local diving community, the RMP now focuses on broadening participation through community involvement. Working with school children, community leaders, tourists, and divers, the RMP has made these holidays an island wide phenomenon. So far communities from West End, West Bay, Sandy Bay, Brick Bay, Los Fuertes and Punta Gorda have been involved in our efforts. If you wish to get involved in these events, please contact us for more details.

For more information on upcoming global environmental events which you can get involved with view www.projectaware.org/english/take_action/international_cleanup_day.aspx