RESIDENTS IN Portland are being invited to join forces with the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation (JN), which has partnered with the Portland Environment Protection Association (PEPA), and other voluntary organisations, to clean up three beaches in Portland on Saturday.
"The Coastal Clean-up Day activities will include the removal of trash from the coastlines of the CASE Beach, Bryan's Bay Beach and Foreshore Road Beach in Port Antonio, Portland," Saffrey Brown, general manager of JN Foundation, said.
Brown noted that the partnership will include the JN Foundation Act Volunteers, members of staff of the JNBS Portland Branch, PEPA and Peace Corps Jamaica Volunteers, students from the National Youth Service and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education.
"As part of our mandate to enhance the Jamaican landscape, the JN Foundation views environmental protection as an urgent matter for Jamaica, and it is also one of our highest priority issues under health, safety and security," said Brown. "As such, the Foundation engages in and supports initiatives such as the clean-up, which contributes to a cleaner safer environment for current and future generations."
Michael Donegan, chief executive officer of PEPA, said the activities would begin in the morning and would involve removing plastic bottles along the shorelines for recycling; as well as other harmful trash along the coastlines and waterways.
In addition to the clean-up effort, he said, data will be collected on the source and type of trash found; and the information will be used to raise awareness; inspire recycling efforts; and shape policy decisions from the local to international level.
Donegan said the CASE beach was selected because the organisation wanted to raise the level of awareness of students attending the institution. "We want to work with students because they are future members of the workforce, and need to appreciate the environment so when they enter the workforce, they understand," he explained, adding that the other beaches were selected based on need.
'As part of our mandate to enhance the Jamaican landscape, the JN Foundation views environmental protection as an urgent matter for Jamaica.'