St. Vincent and the Grenadines will join the world in the celebration of “World Oceans Day” which is observed every year on June 8.

Celebrations on this day are intended to: raise public awareness of the importance of the ocean and its resources; and spur behavior changes in the community by demonstrating practical actions that can be taken to protect and conserve the oceans.

In commemoration of World Oceans Day, 2019, the Sustainable Development Unit is planning a beach clean-up at Brighton Beach on June 8 from 8:30-10:30am, followed by a Fun Day from 3:00pm-5:30pm.

The Fun Day will begin with a short opening ceremony where the Minister with responsibility for Oceans, the Honorable Camillo Gonsalves, will give the feature address. There will also be bouncing castles and games for the children, and performances by Rodney Small and his band, along with other local artistes.

The Brighton Beach was once used for sand mining in order to meet local construction needs, however, the beach also is an important habitat for wildlife like sea turtles, and helps to protect the community from the impact of storm surges. This beach will therefore be a focal point for ecosystem restoration activities in the near future. The World Oceans Day activities are the first step in that direction.

Civil society organizations, schools and the general public are invited to take part in the clean-up and Fun Day.

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