Environment Month Activities

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Environment Month has started, and officials from the Ministry of the Environment and Drainage have planned a host of activities.

The first main event on the calendar will be the Coastal Zone Management Unit’s walk from Bathsheba, St. Joseph to Bath, St. John, tomorrow, Saturday, June 2, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

That journey will take hikers along a path that will highlight the old railway track and bring attention to the changes in the coastline in terms of its natural heritage.

World Environment Day will follow on Tuesday, June 5, and everyone is being encouraged to wear green on that day to signal their stewardship towards protecting and enhancing the environment.

On Wednesday, June 6, the first in a series of community presentations entitled Community Perspective On Building Environmentally Strong Communities, will get under way at the North Stars Club, in St. Lucy..

The second meeting entitled Community Perspective on Folkestone will be held at the Folkestone Marine Reserve, St. James, on Wednesday, June 20. ??It will allow members of the community to share their views on planned changes for Folkestone.

The third and final meeting for the month will be held on Wednesday, June 27, under the title Community Perspective on the Garrison. This will be held at the Barbados Museum, and will focus on heritage related to Carlisle Bay and one of the tunnels that was discovered at the Garrison Historic Area. All Community Perspective meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m.

These presentations are designed to allow Ministry officials to hear the views of members of communities, and to highlight the role they could play as stewards of the environment.

During the month, World Oceans Day celebrated on June 8 and World Desertification Day will be on June 17.

There will be a Bridgetown World Heritage Site Event on June 12, at 7:00 p.m. to lead up to the Bridgetown World Heritage Inscription Ceremony the following day, on Wednesday, June 13, at 4:30 p.m.

On June 16, local and overseas participants taking part in the popular De Hub 10k Run and 5k walk, hosted by the Natural Heritage Department, will set off from Sturges, St. Thomas, at 6:00 a.m.

During the month, focus will also be placed on the upcoming Rio+20 Earth Summit, which takes place from June 20 to 22 in Brazil.

To mark this occasion, the Bellairs Research Institute will be hosting a series of Rio Dialogues which will have electronic streaming of the activities in Rio and discussion based on the 10 themes of Rio. These include poverty, green economy and water resources.

Green Readings will also feature prominently throughout the month, beginning on Saturday, June 9, at the Richard Haynes Boardwalk, and again on Saturday, June 23, at Folkestone Park. All readings begin at 3:30 p.m.

The month of activities will climax with the Minister’s awards and gala on Saturday, June 30.

The full list of activities for Environment Month may be viewed on the Barbados Government Information Service’s website at http://www.gisbarbados.gov.bb/ under "Media" then "Downloads" sections.

julia.rawlins-bentham@barbados.gov.bb

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