JIS News

The south coast beach strip of Bluefields in Westmoreland is to receive a much needed face-lift on Saturday, September 16, when residents come together to observe International Coastal Clean-up Day.
Chairman of the Bluefields People’s Community Association (BPCA), Keith Wedderburn told JIS News that most of the activities would centre around the historic “beach park”.
“Some of our partners for the day include the National Environmental Society Trust and staff from Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, as well as some 60 youth at risk participants, who are currently being trained by the BPCA in computer skills,” he said.
Mr. Wedderburn noted that the work to be undertaken included the installation of anti-litter signs and expansion of the current on-going garbage collection effort.
The BPCA Chairman indicated that the long term objective of the exercise was to bring about a cultural change in terms of how persons treat the natural environment.
“We need to develop and nurture the right traditions, so as to make the world a better place for future generations of Jamaicans,” he said.
“In addition, this project seeks to strengthen the capability of the BPCA’s Anti-Litter Project located in Bluefields, Westmoreland, to adequately address the impact of improper garbage disposal within the Bluefields Bay area, which is having a negative impact on the coastal and marine eco-systems,” Mr. Wedderburn added.