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The Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) will host a three-day environmental exposition at the National Arena Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7.
Dubbed “Green Expo 2009: Let’s Take Good Care of Jamaica”, the event returns after a four-year hiatus for its sixth annual staging. It is to be held during National Environmental Awareness Week, and will focus on some crucial issues for Jamaica and the Caribbean – Climate Change, Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation.
Executive Director of JCDT, Susan Otuokon, said at the launch of the event at Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday (May 13), that the show will feature an interesting mix of presentations and displays for everyone, not only environmentalists.
“With all the crises around us, global change of all different kinds, we felt it was important to remind people that we need to take care of our environment, not just our economy,” Ms. Otuokon said.
She added that entities such as the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Isratech, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) and Sunslate Caribbean, will exhibit booths to demonstrate the importance of environmentally friendly products and services, energy and water conservation, insulated construction systems, alternative energy systems, roofing and shutters, energy efficient appliances and products, agribusiness and health and fitness.
Among the displays at the Expo will be a demonstration of a “green” house, designed by Sean Wright, an architectural master’s student at the University of Technology. The house features several energy saving building techniques, such as bathroom fixtures which reduce the use of water.
There will also be a Children’s Pavilion featuring a Star Lab planetarium, mascots, book reading and games.
The expo opens on World Environment Day and topics to be explored include: pollution, oil dependency, climate change, deforestation and, land erosion and flooding.
It will run daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with an admission cost of $200 for adults and $100 for children. A special discount is also being offered for school groups in uniform. Interested persons may call JCDT at 960-2848 or 920-8278-9 or email: jamaicaconservation@gmail.com.
The Trust is a non-government organization, incorporated in 1988 and registered as a charity. It was established by a group of professionals who recognised that economic development in Jamaica could only be sustained if the natural environment is conserved.

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