Author: ecochiccayman

Earth Day 50th Anniversary

Happy Earth Day! Today marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  Remember we are all connected through nature.  I encourage you to take a moment and appreciate the beauty of nature.  Nature is an incredible life support system and we all depend on a healthy environment.  A simple way we can all celebrate Earth Day is by spending a few minutes outside just walking around our gardens and appreciating all the trees, flowers, wildlife, and the beauty of nature that surrounds our home.  Have you noticed you can hear birds singing in the morning? Do you see more butterflies fluttering around?  Maybe you will discover flowers or wildlife that will brighten your day.  Spending time outdoors and reconnecting with nature, even in your home garden is a great way to clear your mind, reduce stress and anxiety.  Nature has an incredible ability to feed the human soul.     Right now, it seems like life has hit a reset button, and nature is healing.  This gives us an opportunity to take some time to slow down our …

5 Ways To Celebrate Earth Hour 2020 At Home

Earth Hour was started by the World Wildlife Fund with a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney, Australia.  Countries around the world take part in putting the spotlight on nature and bring attention to climate change by participating in turning off lights in support of Earth Hour.  Over the years, major landmarks in participating countries switch off their lights as an act of solidarity, some of the iconic landmarks include the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House.  Anyone can join in and take part in Earth Hour from the comfort of their own home by simply switching off unnecessary lights from 8:30pm-9:30pm during Earth Hour on Saturday, 28th March.  You can go beyond turning your lights out by committing to practice conserving energy on a daily basis to help reduce your carbon footprint.  Easy ways to conserve energy at home include switching off lights that are not in use, avoid phantom electricity by unplugging your devices that are fully charged or not in use (computer, tablets, iPods, phones etc), take advantage …

International Women’s Day: Girl Power Cayman Visit The Blue Iguanas

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I am sharing a recent private tour of the Blue Iguana Conservation Facility with Girl Power Cayman and Miss World Cayman Islands. Both Miss World Cayman Islands and Girl Power Cayman share a passion for raising awareness about the environment and supporting our community.  On a personal note, it has been such a privilege working with these wonderful organizations.  I am constantly inspired by this strong group of women.  I am thankful for the amazing friendship and sisterhood we all share.  I am so proud of Girl Power Cayman’s enthusiasm and interest in learning more about conservation and ways to help protect our environment.   As previously mentioned, Jaci Patrick, Miss World Cayman Islands 2019 and Girl Power Cayman recently visited the Blue Iguana Conservation Facility located at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park.  We had an incredible guided tour learning fascinating facts about Cayman’s endangered Blue Iguana, which is endemic to Grand Cayman.  The girls were able to ask questions and get an exclusive behind the scenes look …

Sage Larock: Sustainable Swimwear Re-Releasing The Chateau Swimsuit

Sage Larock is Re-Releasing their sustainably made Chateau Swimsuit on 15th November (America’s National Recycling Day) to raise awareness about ocean pollution and ghost nets.  The ethos of Sage Larock is to redefine and redesign fashion to be sustainably and ethically made for the betterment of our environment.  Their commitment to ocean conservation is the driving force behind inspiring their swimsuit collections.  Sage Larock uses sustainable fashion as a platform to raise awareness about the plastic pollution crisis and the impact it is having on our oceans.  Plastic impacts nearly 700 species in our ocean, ranging from plankton to whales.  Seabirds and sea turtles often mistake plastic for food which can result in dire consequences.  Plastic has been found in more than 60% of all seabirds and in 100% of sea turtles species (Ocean Conservancy).  Even coral reefs are affected by plastic.  When plastic debris becomes entangled on coral it starves corals of vital oxygen and light, and releases toxins enabling bacteria and viruses to invade  (UN Environment Program).  Furthermore, ghost nets are also a …

People Protect What They Love

“People protect what they love, they love what they understand and they understand what they are taught.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, The quote above has always resonated with me. It’s true, people protect what they love. Growing up in the Cayman Islands I learned from an early age that our oceans, marine life, and coral reefs are one of the greatest treasures and assets we have been bestowed custodians of. We have a moral obligation to protect and preserve the precious coral reefs surrounding our islands. After all, our coral reefs are the very heart of Cayman. From a young age, in school, we are taught that Cayman has always had a strong and deep connection to the ocean. Our Coat of Arms has the words, “He Hath Founded It Upon The Seas” inscribed.  For many of us, these words serve as a reminder that our past, present, and future is and always will be linked to the ocean. The generations before us built our heritage on this strong connection to the ocean.  The Cayman Islands heavily …

What You Need To Know About Turtle Nesting Season In The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands was originally named “Las Tortugas” in 1503 by Christopher Columbus, due to the abundance of turtles found in our waters.  Five hundred years later, turtles are still one of the most beloved and iconic animals in the Cayman Islands.  There are three species of turtles that can be found in the Cayman Islands: the critically endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle, the endangered Green Sea Turtle, and the vulnerable Loggerhead Sea Turtle.  Sea turtles are a strong symbol for the Cayman Islands and need support through protection and conservation.  That being said, during Turtle Nesting Season it is vital that turtles and their nests are kept safe and not disturbed, so that hatchlings (baby turtles) are able to make their way to the water.   Some simple ways the community can help protect turtles during nesting season include keeping the beaches clean of litter and keeping nesting beaches dark and safe for turtles. Homes in popular nesting areas are asked to keep blinds closed and to use ‘turtle friendly lighting.’ This attractive amber lighting …