Environmentalist to speak at BUEI on labor in Jamaica – The Royal Gazette

Created: April 21, 2022 10:00

A Jamaican conservationist will take center stage at the Bermuda Institute for Underwater Exploration this weekend as part of an ongoing series of conversations about marine protection.

Theresa Rodriguez-Moodie, CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust, is set to speak about the charity’s work in the Caribbean nation, which focuses on environmental education, conservation, law and advocacy.

A BUEI spokeswoman said the presentation would be the third in the Island SOS series.

She said, “JET’s major projects include Jamaica’s longest-running environmental education program for students and teachers and the school’s environmental program, which has been running continuously since 1997.

“Their law and advocacy program works to protect Jamaica’s natural resources using law, public participation processes, policy review and the media.

“JET organizes and coordinates many environmental events in Jamaica, including the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.

“JET’s conservation work has included monitoring sea turtle nesting and managing patrols of the Pedro Bank Fish Sanctuary.”

The spokesperson added that Jamaica and Bermuda generate a large portion of tourism revenue, but the tourism industry has a direct impact on the environment in both countries.

Karla Lacey, CEO of BUEI, said Bermuda introduced its first marine conservation legislation in 1620 with the aim of protecting the island’s turtles.

Ms Lacey added: “While Bermuda’s waters provide many opportunities for environmental protection and natural science research, careers in ocean conservation can also be achieved through law and advocacy by providing appropriate safeguards for a thriving ecosystem.

“Ocean conservation is always at the forefront of what we do here at BUEI, we hope these discussions will resonate with individuals in our community and inspire new ways to protect and enjoy our seas.”

Dr. Rodriguez-Moodie’s presentation will take place at BUEI’s Tradewinds Auditorium on Sunday at 4 p.m. with a live question and answer section.

Future events in the Island SOS series will focus on other nations including Barbados, Bahamas, Tobago and Isle of Man.

Tickets for each presentation are $15 for BUEI members and $20 for non-members.

To reserve space, email [email protected] or call BUEI’s Ocean Gift Shop at 294-0204.

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