chris_flookBermuda could create one of the world’s largest ocean reserves by the end of the year, making the Island an international leader in ocean conservation. Owain Johnston-Barnes sat down with Chris Flook of the Pew Environmental Group about the proposed ‘Bermuda Blue Halo’ project.

Surrounding the Island 200 miles in all directions, the Bermuda Exclusive Economic Zone could not only help the environment, but provide a boost for the tourism industry and garner Bermuda international attention.

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Los Angeles became the largest city in the USA Wednesday to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region’s waterways and the ocean.

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marc_beanA heated debate on the protection of open spaces was nearly cut short after repeated complaints of personal attacks in a speech by Environment Minister Marc Bean.

Members of the One Bermuda Alliance and the United Bermuda Party (UBP) said open spaces need to be protected, remarking on how developed Bermuda has become in the last few decades, Mr Bean responded that those who were most vocal against developments were the same people who “own the most concrete”.

hydration_stationReusable water bottles are an environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to buying water in plastic bottles. And this summer there will be a great reason to make sure you have your reusable bottle on you at all times.

Before the summertime heat arrives, hydration stations will start popping up around the City of Hamilton.

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KBBKeep Bermuda Beautiful will this week launch a new programme hoped to encourage individuals and groups make a difference in their neighbourhoods.

The Adopt-A-Spot programme, which will be launched Wednesday afternoon, but 36 groups have already pledged to take part.

Irish_bagIn March of 2002, Republic of Ireland became the first country to introduce a plastic bag fee, or PlasTax. Designed to rein in their rampant consumption of 1.2 billion plastic shopping bags per year, the tax resulted in a 90% drop in consumption, and approximately 1 billion fewer bags were consumed annually. To complete the win-win scenario, approximately $9.6 million was raised from the tax in the first year, which is earmarked for a green fund established to benefit the environment. Several other countries and cities around the world are now considering implementing a similar tax, including UK, Australia and New York City.

2012.05.13-Elbow-Bikes_0002-21Islanders can now cruise Bermuda with ease on whisper quiet, easy-to-operate and environmentally friendly hybrid electric bicycles now being offered at Elbow Beach Cycles.

The livery has purchased 40 hybrid electric bicycles, which are available for rent by both visitors to the island and locals.

Sylvia_EarleThe Sargasso Sea and Bermuda’s important role in conserving this unique marine environment— especially the area within its waters — will be the subject of a lecture this week by world-renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle [pictured].

Dr. Earle will speak at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute [BUEI] on Thursday, May 31.

Earth Day - Video Competition - Overall Winner

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Lara Hetzel of BHS was awarded first place prize for her video 'Plastic Bag' at the screening of the Greenrock and the Bermuda National Trust's inaugural Earth Day Student Video Competition at the Bermuda College on 15th May.

Lara's video follows a single blue, plastic bag as it is blown into the ocean.

 

 

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reserveThe Public Works Ministry is proposing that several Parks be reclassified as Nature Reserves, Minister of Public Works Michael Weeks said yesterday [May 25] in the House of Assembly.

“A comprehensive mapping review of the park system has just been completed,” said Minister Weeks.

At the eastern end of leafy Reid Street, children and young adults have been enjoying a range of literary pursuits recently, and Youth Services Librarian Marla Smith shared some of the details.

The library collaborated once again with Greenrock and Belco on the highly successful student essay competition intended to raise awareness about environmental issues, as well as to encourage research and writing. Writing essays on the theme "Five Ways that I Keep My Bermuda Green", 261 students entered the 2012 contest, as compared to 119 in 2011.

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