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#ShopForConservation

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is opening their newly re-designed retail store. The aim of the store is to give locals and tourists the opportunity to shop environmentally responsibly whilst supporting local vendors and conservation. Here are the 5 things you need to know about the Nature Store located at the National Trust.   1. The GRAND OPENING happens this week!     Friends and family are welcome to indulge in a little shopping that will support conservation on Thursday 14th July, 2016 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the National Trust, Dart Park on South Church Street. Attendees will be welcomed with some drinks in this newly designed, hip and ecofriendly atmosphere. Island Naturals will be on hand with healthy and delicious appetisers. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet local author and conservationist Fred Burton, who will be signing copies of his books: The Blue Book, Wild Trees and Red List. There are also giveways for existing and new Trust members on the night. 2. Shop Local. Support Local.  (3 Girls & A Kiln) …

The Wild Ones: 5 Endangered Wildlife Species

Happy World Environment Day! Today, we celebrate World Environment Day.  This year’s theme is appropriately fitting, “Wild for Wildlife.”  Currently, various wildlife species are in crisis as they are faced with loss of their habitat and poaching.  This World Environment Day, we are all encouraged to help raise awareness on behalf of wildlife that being illegally poached and are rapidly declining in population. Check out this fantastic video by the United Nations https://youtu.be/1zruHeveApI It is an unnerving thought to think that some species might no longer exist if change doesn’t happen.  For instance, if bees or even sharks no longer inhabited the planet what would happen? Very likely, the eco-system would collapse. The environment and world as we know it would go into chaos.  All animals play a significant role in the eco-system and their part is fundamental to keeping an overall balance in our world’s eco-system.  Therefore, it is important that we all work together to raise awareness and do our part in helping to protect the environment and wildlife. Below are 5 endangered wildlife species  …

Trashing Paradise: Let’s Clean Up The Beach

Photo Credit: Silence Like Thunder Paradise is the last place you would expect to see trash.  Unfortunately, even paradise can’t escape trash.  Caribbean islands  find trash washing up on their shores and litter scattered across the sea floor all the time.  It is not a postcard picture at all when tourists and locals come across trash scattered along the beach.  It is an ugly reality that exists.  Why is this happening? To start, littering and lack of recycling.  The ocean is not a trash can, yet we seem to treat it like one. It is a nasty habit that has gone on way too long all over the world.  Our oceans, marine life and wildlife are suffering from this dirty habit. Marine life and our ocean’s ecosystem feel the impact the most.  Marine debris is a huge problem.  Trash in the sea causes the ocean to become unhealthy.  An unhealthy ocean is bad for everyone, including the planet.  We need a healthy ocean because the ocean produces half of the oxygen that we breathe and it also provides …

How To Throw A Susty Party 101

Photo Credit: Susty Party Calling all hostesses with the mostess and party animals! In the wake of New Year’s, the confetti has been swept away and you may find yourself reminiscing over the spectacular party you were at on New Year’s Eve. You wonder when will be the next great party? Good news! You can party like Gatsby and do it in eco chic style! The fabulous ladies from Susty Party have got the party supplies to make your next party or celebration a smash success! Behind The Party Scenes Photo Credit: Susty Party Meet Emily Doubilet and Jessica Hosley! They are the dynamic duo who founded Susty Party in 2009. Susty Party is based in Brooklyn, NY on a mission to make “everyday living and entertaining more sustainable” (Susty Party). Their company offers stylish, fun and chic party supplies ranging from cutlery, cups, napkins to party decorations all made with love and with an eco-conscious mindset. Their products are of high-quality and were designed specifically to be: plastic-free, non-toxic, compostable, biodegradable and made with …

A Birthday Wish, xo

  My birthday wish this year is to see more kindness, compassion, hope and love in this world.  A random act of kindness can go along way making someone’s day.  I think we all deserve to believe in miracles, hopes and dreams coming true- I guess I wish that for everyone too.  Sometimes it is the little things that remind us to always believe something wonderful is about to happen, or dreams, wishes, hopes and miracles do come true. The funny thing about birthday’s, is that there is something always so magical about them. I hope that never goes away. We should never lose that childish innocence we have in believing in the beauty of this world and the greater good in other people. We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.– George Bernard Shaw The older I get, the less I need presents. I love presents.  I appreciate the thought others put into buying them and I am always thankful for them.  Instead of presents this year, …

Coral Reefs In Hot Water

Photo Credit: World Wildlife Fund Australia   Brace yourself, for the third time a worldwide coral bleaching event is taking place.  A ripple effect has been set in motion.  Climate Change is causing the temperature of the ocean to rise and coral reefs are heating up and stressing out.  As a result, coral reefs are turning white.  Essentially, the coral bleaching is causing the coral’s white skeleton to be exposed.  The distressed coral reefs will have a negative impact on the eco-system and oceanic wildlife that depend on them. When corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients, they expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white. – NOAA Coral reefs are a life support system of the ocean.  They play a crucial role in keeping the balance of the ocean in check.  Coral reefs are a fragile eco-system and oceanic wildlife depend on them for their survival.  Reportedly, “This bleaching event could kill over 12,000 square kilometers (about 4,600 square miles) of reefs by the end …