Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016    

Members of the ATL Industrial Group (Appliance Traders, ATL Automotive and Jamaica Observer Ltd) cleaned Kingston’s Shipwreck Beach on March 19 in recognition of World Water Day 2016. The group collected 59 bags of refuse from the historic site and logged plastic, Styrofoam, fabric, diapers, glass and other items among the things they removed from the shoreline. Plastics and Styrofoam have been found to be especially harmful to marine life.

World Water Day, which is globally recognised on March 22, is commissioned by the United Nations and channels the world’s attention towards the importance of water resource management. This year’s occasion is being commemorated under the theme Water and Jobs. According to the UN website, “Water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. Today, half of the world’s workers — 1.5 billion people — work in water-related sectors. Moreover, nearly all jobs, regardless of the sector, depend directly on water. Yet, despite the indelible link between jobs and water, millions of people whose livelihoods depend on water are often not recognised or protected.”

World Water Day, which the Government observed with the release of green economy plans and an exhibition at Devon House, is one of three international observances this week. Monday, March 21 was International Day of Forests, which the Forestry Department observed with a 20k forest trek between Clydesdale and Cinchona on Saturday; and today is World Meteorological Day, to be observed by a forum and exhibition staged by the Meteorological Service of Jamaica and Ja REEACH II project under the theme ‘Hotter, Drier, Wetter – Face the Future’.

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