The Bermuda Environmental and Sustainability Taskforce
Please also visit Greenrock, another Bermuda organisation dedicated to the preservation of the environment.
Earth Day 2010
Earth Day has been celebrated annually since its inception in 1970. 2009 was the first year that BASEC held an Earth Day celebration in Bermuda. That “Earth Day Birthday” was held last year at Barr’s Bay Park on April 22nd, 2009, the official date designated as “Earth Day”.
The event aimed to educate and raise awareness about the importance of the resources the Earth provides for human existence and quality of life. This celebration promoted and engaged a heightened commitment to protect the earth’s resources from unsustainable exploitation. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the celebration brought together members of the community to share food, entertainment and information on an Earth Day theme, and encouraged pledges from attendees to refine or reduce their ecological footprint during the year.
In 2010 BASEC hopes to draw an even larger crowd by holding Earth Day at the more central Victoria Park, and by more extensive marketing, to be aimed primarily at young people. In 2010 BASEC will have even more environmental organizations displaying information and informing the attendees of simple ways they can help Bermuda’s environment. A children’s area will also be available, encouraging a family atmosphere. The live entertainment will not only be a draw, but performers will also promote an earth-friendly message.
Earth Day 2010
Earth Day Countdown - April 1
DON’T WASTE FOOD
Of all the tips, this is probably THE MOST IMPORTANT. (Typical Americans waste between 35-50% of the food they purchase, figures for Bda not available but probably similar.)
It takes a lot of precious resources to produce food: the food itself, packaging, fertilizers, pesticides, transportation and the burden on the waste disposal system. Also, in Bda most food is imported, resulting in a loss of foreign exchange.
What can you do? Order less, cook less, eat leftovers, cut packaging, don’t shop hungry, grow your own, compost.
Earth Day Tip 2
Continuing the food theme: EAT LOCAL
local food integrates production, processing, distribution and consumption on a small scale, creating sustainable local economies and a strong connection between farm and table;
local food comes from local food systems, which exist as an alternative to industrial food systems. you buy local food, not only do you know where it came from, you're often buying it from the person or people who grew the food;
local food reduces or eliminates the costs, both monetary and planetary, of transportation, processing, packaging, and advertising, it keeps the money in our community
Because we all eat, several times a day, our food choices have enormous potential to bring about positive change
Earth Day Tip 3
And, food again, (well we do eat every day!) EAT ORGANIC
By eating organic, you are reducing the amount of chemicals you eat in the form of pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones, antibiotics, additives, preservatives, colorants, flavorings – many of which have been linked to learning difficulties in children, a variety of neurological illnesses and cancers.
British and Australian studies have shown processed meats, preservatives and artificial colours increase the risk of ADHD.
The workers using the pesticides and herbicides have been shown to suffer a variety of ailments (including sterility and birth defects) as they are often denied the use of protective clothing. Banana plantations are subjected to aerial spraying of pesticide – drenching workers still in the fields!
Organics can be (though not always) more expensive – organic farms are much more rigorously monitored than “conventional” food. To be deemed organic, land has to be free of pesticides etc for 5 years, during the transition period, produce cannot be labeled “organic”. If you have to choose, avoid those conventional fruits and vegetables found to be highest in pesticides, the “Dirty Dozen”. Visit the Environmental Working Group at http://www.foodnews.org/ for the complete list.