BEST Celebrating Their 10th Anniversary

September 27, 2017

The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce [BEST] is celebrating its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of “its vital work as campaigner for the environment for the protection of Bermuda’s limited and diminishing conservation zones.”

A spokesperson said, “In 2006, a small group of people banded together to save Bermuda’s Botanical Gardens from being built on — at the time, a new hospital was being designed to consume about one-third of the Gardens. The group realized that there wasn’t anyone who was looking out for the broader community’s interest when big development projects were being planned and from this realization BEST was established in 2007.

“Over the past 10 years, BEST has been a champion in protecting Bermuda’s environment. It has led the effort to preserve our pristine beaches and parklands such as Warwick Long Bay and Southlands. It has produced hundreds of press releases, articles, position papers and other materials to alert and educate the public.

“BEST has worked with groups large and small as well as with individuals and worked alongside Government departments of environment, parks and health in the interest of strengthening public policies.

“Its successes have been tallied in policy upgrades, public participation in direct action campaigns and in Bermuda’s Supreme Court. BEST has prided itself in being respectful and soft-spoken but resolute in its methods; proud of its reputation and continuity.

“This month BEST celebrates 10 years of advocacy for the environment. The need for an environmental watchdog like BEST is greater today than ever. As growth and development continue to increase, natural resources and existing policies that support sustainable practices are put under severe pressure.

“The awareness BEST brings through its work reminds us that the environment is an interconnected system upon which all life forms depend for survival.

“BEST works on behalf of all Bermudians to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Bermuda for present and future generations. As advocates for our local environment, it spearheads campaigns that ensure that any impact of development to land and marine areas with protective zonings receive on-going and thorough examination.

“In celebration of our 10th Anniversary the community are invited to support our fundraising campaign so that BEST can continue its vital work as campaigner for the environment for the protection of Bermuda’s limited and diminishing conservation zones.

“Please view our list of accomplishments over the past ten years on our website.”

Stuart Hayward, Co-founder and Chief Advocacy officer, said, “We thank all of our BEST friends for their participation and support throughout these past 10 years. We couldn’t have done it without our many volunteers and supporters.

“The paths we have trod together these past 10 years have helped preserve the health and beauty of Bermuda’s environment. There is still much left to do, but if the past 10 years are any indication, our work will be a legacy of a sustainable Bermuda well into the future.”

“To donate in support of the ongoing work of BEST, please visit our website or contact us on 292-3782 or email if you have any questions.”

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