The Bermuda Environmental and Sustainability Taskforce
Please also visit Greenrock, another Bermuda organisation dedicated to the preservation of the environment.
Voices of BEST
Monthly Bulletin May 2013
Charity Reg. # 858
BULLETIN - May 2013
Tucker’s Point: Tucker’s Point recently resubmitted their applications for subdivision and adding, for four of them, ecological surveys which ranged in length from 83 – 140 pages. Much time and effort was dedicated to careful review of these documents before we submitted our objections, again calling for an Environmental Impact Assessment to be conducted before any permissions are considered.
Named as one of the CNN top hundred beaches!! Learn more about BEST & the preservation of WLB at http://www.best.org.bm/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=5&Itemid=13
The initiative to establish a Protected Marine Area in Bermuda’s EEZ is very welcome. More at http://www.best.org.bm/
Information about the PEW Charitable Trust (Environmental aspect) at http://www.everyclick.com/statistics/clickthrough?type=yahoo&id=0&p=0&r=&k=PEW%20Charitable%20Trust&target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pewenvironment.org%2F
You will have another opportunity to celebrate the actual World Oceans Day at BUEI this Saturday, June 8th
Students Volunteer: We are very grateful to a group of BHS students who volunteered to sort the very large pile of postage stamps that BEST collected, as a small recycling fundraising venture.
: The Greenrock “No Thanks” Campaign against one-use, plastic bags is gaining momentum and we would urge you to let your local supermarket know that you will support them in this important venture. If you haven’t already, please sign the petition asking government to impose a small retail charge on one-use, plastic bags, http://www.greenrock.org/
National Garden Exercise Day: Heard that June 6th is National Garden Exercise Day – so if you need an excuse to visit our beautiful Botanical Gardens (Save the Gardens - an early campaign which led to the formation of BEST) here it is, go walk/jog/run on June 6th or any day, but remember to stop and smell the roses and celebrate the day! see
Many thanks to all of our friends and supporters for their encouragement and varied contributions. Donations to BEST can be made online through the BEST website http://www.best.org.bm or by direct deposit to our Bank of Butterfield account, number 20-006-060-625713-100.
Where does food come from?
A second great opinion piece by our junior member was published in the Royal Gazette on April 23rd and can be found at http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20130423/COMMENT/704239969
BEST responds to suggested establishment of Marine Protected Reserve
Government Ministers met with representatives of the Pew Environment Groups' Ocean Legacy Fund to discuss a proposal to establish a Marine Protected Area within Bermuda's Exclusive Economic Zone.
The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce (BEST) is pleased to endorse the establishment of protected marine area within Bermuda's EEZ. The Pew Environment Group and Bermuda's Government Ministers are to be congratulated for moving in this direction. This step presents a wonderful opportunity that would be good for Bermuda — putting us on the map internationally as a leader in ocean conservation with what could be the third largest marine park in the world. There is the potential such a Marine area would be attractive to tourists and scientists who could take †3-5 day boating excursions for diving, bird watching, marine research and so on, accompanied by local experts. This could open up new business opportunities† for Bermudians that would tie in with the Blue Economy concept as well as be sustainable.
The protected marine area should be beneficial to local fishing industry by protecting spawning† and juvenile development areas. It should also offer increased collaboration with international bodies and other jurisdictions.†
We would have liked for the Minister of the Environment to have emphasised the intrinsic value of the physical environment as the basis for any sustainability in the social and economic environments — both of which have other Ministers to promote them. Far too often Bermuda's unique physical environment† is taken for granted.
Bermuda's ability to grow the economy and increase jobs is dependent on maintaining a healthy environment, both on land and in our oceans.
We are grateful that the Pew Charitable Trust has Bermuda in its sights. There is much good they can do here. We at BEST look forward engaging in the public consultation process.
Note: more about PEW can be found at http://www.pewenvironment.org/
April 2013 Bulletin
BEST (Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce)
Charity Reg. # 858
BULLETIN - April 2013
Southlands: Turning Southlands into a viable public park is challenging in the current
economic times and, unbelievably, it has been reported that illegal dumping is taking
place on that beautiful site! A group of determined citizens are working to ensure the
park will become a valuable public amenity.
Grand Atlantic: We are very pleased to report that the developer will no longer be
able to use the site for unlicensed sand-sifting and rock-crushing operations.
Tucker’s Point: Serious concerns remain regarding the revamped planning
applications and BEST will continue to monitor, research and present objections as and
“No Thanks”: Greenrock and the Bermuda Marine Debris Taskforce initiated the “No
Thanks” Campaign against one-use, plastic bags. There has been lively debate in the
media, and we encourage you to visit http://www.greenrock.org/ to look at the pros &
cons of plastic-vs-paper, one-use-vs-reusable bags. While you are on the site, sign the
petition asking government to impose a small retail charge on one-use, plastic bags.
DOES/SWAC (Deep Ocean Energy System/Sea Water Air Conditioning:
Representatives from BEST, along with other business and environmental reps,
attended a presentation outlining an ambitious, renewable-energy initiative for Hamilton
and the environs. Still in its early stages, BEST looks forward to receiving more details
through a comprehensive EIA.
Protecting BEST’s good name: We are waiting for the transcript from a recent radio
show on which it is reported that a former Cabinet Minister made disparaging remarks
about BEST and its members. We work hard to give BEST a good name and to keep it;
damaging portrayals of BEST and its work won’t be tolerated.
Where does food come from? A second great opinion piece by our junior member
was published in the Royal Gazette on April 23rd and can be found at http://
For more information on Agriculture in Bermuda visit http://www.best.org.bm/index.php?
Last, but by no means, least: CONGRATULATIONS to Stuart Hayward on being
awarded Best Community Activist 2013 in this year’s Best of Bermuda Awards.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our friends and supporters for
their encouragement and varied contributions. Donations to BEST can be made
online through the BEST website www.best.org.bm or by direct deposit to our Bank of
Butterfield account, number 20-006-060-625713-100.
Communications CoordinatorBEST (Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce)
March 2013 Bulletin
BEST (Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce)
Charity Reg. # 858
BULLETIN - March 2013
Spice Hill Farm: BEST initiated a successful Judicial Review to which government offered no defense. This was a major - and costly - undertaking and one that underlines the need to reform the Planning Appeal process. (Available in detail at http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20130401/NEWS/704019968/judicial-review-rejects-spice-hill-orphanage&utm_source=newsletter20130401&utm_medium=email&utm_content=toparticle_morelink&utm_campaign=newsletter)
Heritage Wharf: Thanks to the in-depth research and consultation with a qualified scientist, we were able to influence the extent and quality of the Conditions of Approval, primarily in respect of the establishment of a monitoring protocol for the site.
Planning: BEST is actively working to have certain aspects of the planning application process reviewed in an effort to make it clearer and more accessible to all.
For example BEST would like:
(i) the application documentation to be more easily accessible;
(ii) there to be greater transparency around the advertising of proposed development applications so that neighbours likely to be affected will have a greater chance of having their views considered;
(iii) both the Applicant and the location of any proposed development to be clearly stated in the Official Gazette (so that someone can be contactable and so that the site of any proposed development can be visited and assessed).
Our congratulations go out to:
(i) Stuart Hayward recipient of the Caver Cedar Chair awarded by the English Speaking Union to a philanthropist who has yet to be recognised for their community work in Bermuda.
(ii) our Junior Member, Megan Sutcliffe for her first published newspaper article, “Does the Environment have a place in Politics? http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20130319/COMMENT/703199973/does-the-environment-have-a-place-in-politics&utm_source=newsletter20130319&utm_medium=email&utm_content=toparticle_morelink&utm_campaign=newsletter
(iii) Greenrock for their most successful Earth Hour event yet, as Bermuda joined with millions around the world to bring awareness to the need to protect our one and only home, Earth.
Visiting Researchers: Michelle and Justin of 70 Degrees West will be on island April 9-22 with an interesting and important project that “focuses on the uniqueness of sargassum and the garbage patch, or plastic soup patch, that inhabits the Sargasso Sea. We are hopeful to explore the island where plastic build-up may be prevalent, spend as much as possible out at sea, and attempt to capture this complicated and important topic. Our shoot list includes Humpback whales, sargassum fish, plastic beaches, interviews, sargassum and it's various inhabitants, pelagic fish, and pretty much anything else that comes up.” More about their work can be found at www.70degreeswest.com The Bermuda Marine Debris Taskforce, (https://www.facebook.com/bermudataskforce?fref=ts) with which BEST is affiliated, is assisting with various aspects of their visit.
The Department of Conservation Services has some useful and interesting documents available on their website including “Economic Value of Bermuda’s Coral Reefs”, “Whale Watching Guidelines” and a plant finder guide.
As always, we would like to thank all our friends and supporters for their encouragement and varied contributions. Donations to BEST can be made online through the BEST website www.best.org.bm or by direct deposit to our Bank of Butterfield account, number 20-006-060-625713-100.
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