~ Plastic does not belong in Paradise ~
St. Maarten is a special place in the Caribbean with 37 amazing beaches, each with its own personality. But if you ask, most folk will tell you that their all-time favourite beach is Mullet Bay – and from time to time, this beautiful beach needs some maintenance.
Today, April 22, we celebrate Earth Day. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has continued to grow as a worldwide phenomenon focused on promoting clean living and a healthy, sustainable habitat for people and wildlife alike.
Celebrating Earth Day serves as a conscious reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect it. Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet.
The motto of CC1 St. Maarten and everyone else who cares about our beautiful St. Maarten is “Keep our beaches clean.” CC1 St. Maarten has been doing this beach clean-up for the last couple of years now, and this Saturday, you will have the opportunity to do just that in a fun way, with a focus on Mullet Bay Beach. Supplies will be provided.
This is one of the coolest ways to celebrate Earth Day 2021 and it is being done in coordination with Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) and Nature Foundation St. Maarten, which will supply reusable garbage bags for the collecting of the garbage.
Dasani Water and Corona Beer will provide free refreshments; Domino’s Pizza will provide free pizza; and the first 50 participants to arrive will each receive a free T-Shirt.
There’s also a chance to win prizes. Here’s how: All volunteers will be divided up into teams. Then the Trash Tracker method developed by Ocean Clean-up Organization 4Oceans will be used to weigh all the collected trash. Be sure your team is the champion of trash collection, because the team with the most collected garbage will get a prize!
Prizes range from Corona beach chairs, to towels and beach hammocks – awesome stuff, especially for the avid beachgoer!
Please note that volunteers must wear (reusable) facemasks and practice social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19! Everyone is asked to walk with their own reusable gloves as this would create less garbage (think environmental); but disposable ones will be available to those who have no gloves. There will also be a sanitizing station.
Hit all the marks this weekend: Celebrate Earth Day, clean up, party with Corona, feel good about taking care of the environment and enjoy the beautiful Mullet Bay. Do not forget sunscreen and a hat. See you there!
Corona Earth Day Beach Clean-up is happening this Saturday, April 24, at from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Call CC1 at 1 (721) 520-2938; EPIC at 1 (721) 542-1516; or Nature Foundation at 1 (721) 586-4223 for more information.