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Beauty With A Purpose: Protecting The Environment

Miss World Cayman Islands founder Pamela Ebanks-Small, is proud to announce that Miss World Cayman Islands will be using their pageant as a platform to raise awareness for environmental issues and conservation in the Cayman Islands.  The heart of the international Miss World pageant is ‘Beauty with a Purpose.’  This is a major component for contestants, who are encouraged to bring attention to causes that are important to them.  The theme of the environment stems from the growing awareness of environmental issues our island faces, and the importance of educating both the youth and our local community of the invaluable natural resources our island is blessed with.  For instance, Cayman’s Blue Iguanas, our precious marine ecosystems and coral reefs.  Keeping with their focus on the environment, Miss World Cayman Islands is taking measures to make the night of the pageant a sustainable event as much as possible.  Join them on 8th September 2018, to see this come to life.  Behind the Scenes: Miss World Cayman Islands Wondering what to expect? Topical environmental issues that are …

5 Ways You Can Make An Impact On Earth Day

Earth Day is just around the corner.  It is the perfect time to take on a green challenge to commit to simple actions that will make a positive impact.  It is easy to become discouraged if we cannot directly see the impact we are making.  At the end of the day we all want to contribute to the betterment of our environment and make a difference.  Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out where to begin and to stay motivated.  Truth is, start anywhere and even if you choose just one simple action that betters the environment and stay dedicated, it will make a difference.  Start small and go from there.  Encourage your friends and family to join you in your green challenge.  Whether it is ditching plastic water bottles and having a reusable bottle with you while you are on the go.  Or, you choose to start shopping at the local farmers market.  Having others to be accountable to will help keep you on track.  It can also inspire others to follow your example.   …

Ocean Guard: Protecting an Underwater Paradise

People protect what they love, it is that simple.  Many of us share an incredible love and respect for our oceans, coral reefs and marine life.  “Coral reefs are the largest living structure on the planet, and the only living structure to be visible from space” (IYOR).  Coral reefs have been in existence and evolved on earth over the past 200 to 300 million years. (IYOR)  Right now, coral reefs are more vulnerable than ever before.  Coral reefs are degrading because of arising changes in their natural environment and the disruption of the balance of the ocean.  The accumulation of stressors are having a profound effect upon coral reefs putting them in a precarious state.  Some of the major threats coral reefs face right now are: ocean acidification, coral bleaching, over-fishing, pollution, coral diseases, invasive species and coastal developments.  Coral reefs are disappearing at an unprecedented rate.  This results in the loss of precious ecosystems and habitats for marine life.  Coral reefs play an integral role in maintaining the balance of the ocean, ecosystems and …

Local Artist Kaitlyn Elphinstone: Highlighting the Fragility of our Oceans

Local artist and environmentalist Kaitlyn Elphinstone is using her art as a platform to raise ocean awareness and start a discussion about environmental issues.  Some of the important environmental topics Kaitlyn’s artwork touches on are: the importance of coral, the disappearance of our coastlines, and plastic waste polluting our oceans.  Her unique artistic style is a beautiful merge between a range of mediums and her love for the ocean.  Kaitlyn uses her artwork as a powerful tool to communicate the strong connection we have to our environment and the impact we have on the planet.  Bold visuals with an elegant aesthetic, draws viewers into the beauty of her work.  As well as, to the underlying message that has been intricately interwoven into her artwork.  For instance, her piece ‘Woven Sea Fan and Plastic Bag’ beautifully articulates the growing issue of plastic invading the ocean and disrupting sea life.  The juxtaposition between a fragile sea fan and a plastic bag, serves as a reminder that the ocean’s ecosystems are fragile and the delicate balance can easily …

Ellen Cuylaerts: A Legend in the making

Today, marks International Women’s Day.  A day to celebrate the accomplishments of women and to empower others. On Women’s Day I think it is important that we take time to support one another and acknowledge those who each day are doing their part to make a positive impact in the world, support those who are lifting others up, support those who are working hard to improve the lives of others and their communities, support those who use their voices to speak up about issues that matter to them and embrace their calling and passion to make a positive difference in the world.  They are every day heroes and legends.  We rise by lifting others up and there is so much power in unity.  There is so much beauty in supporting and celebrating the accomplishments of those who inspire and empower us.  I am so proud to see so many of the strong women in my life, from my sister to friends and my personal heroes, all who I admire for working so hard to achieve …

Ocean-Guard: Save The Reefs

Eco Chic Cayman is proud to team up with Eco Divers Reef Foundation to help raise awareness about their coral nursery program.  Eco Divers Reef Foundation is a non-profit organization. Founders Brittany Balli and Aaron Hunt, are a husband and wife team devoted to restoring fragile and damaged reefs in the Cayman Islands.  The heart of their coral conservation efforts is to maintain local coral nurseries and coral out plant sites throughout the Cayman Islands.  Their ethos is coming together as a community in a united effort to preserve Cayman’s reefs to ensure a positive future for these precious ecosystems.  This will allow future generations the opportunity to enjoy Cayman’s reefs as we have done.  Eco Divers Reef Foundation is dedicated to protecting our reefs, and educating the youth and community about the important role coral reefs play in our oceans. Why Reefs Matter   Coral reefs have inartistic value and are important to the health of our oceans, tourism, economy, fisheries and provide costal protection.  We need healthy coral reefs to continue to provide …