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Marigot Children Care for Their Bay

Image: Children cleaning up their Marigot environment

CARIBBEAN SEA’s Marigot Youth Club, Nature Force, showed their national pride for Independence Day by cleaning up their local beach.

Image: Children cleaning up their Marigot environment
Children cleaning up their Marigot environment

Early in the morning, while most people were still sleeping or packing picnics for a beach day, these young people were up and out in the mangroves and on the beach cleaning up trash that others so carelessly discarded. Ameia was especially diligent and even got several beach visitors to help.

After filling many bags of trash, the young people, joined by visiting Caribbean SEA Executive Director, Mary Beth Sutton, looked with dismay at the large pile of bent and broken beach chairs and other discarded items that they were unable to move. Ameia asked the big question: “If Marigot is one of the most famous places in St Lucia, like the Pitons, why doesn’t anybody help us keep it clean? We can’t move this big stuff – we need help”

Image: Children cleaning up their Marigot environment
Children cleaning up their Marigot environment

This is the question that Marigot residents have been asking for many years now. Many adults have given up hope, but not the children! The children of Marigot have been working with the Caribbean Students Environmental Alliance for twelve years now. They have their own song and even a video.

The older ones, like Keiwa Simpson, now grown up and teaching the young ones how to protect and respect their precious environmental heritage, have never given up. But the call is going out for government agencies to show love and support to this beautiful bay and all the enthusiastic children who are trying to maintain a clean and eco friendly environment, not just for tourists but for themselves and their children to play in and enjoy without worrying about trash or other water issues. This plea goes out from them all to the DCA and all environmental agencies to give help and support.

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