BUEI To Celebrate World Oceans Day

June 6, 2022

BUEI’s Education Team and Youth Climate Summit [YCS] participants are gearing up to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 7th and 8th with 260 students and educators from 18 local schools.

A spokesperson said, “All schools throughout Bermuda were invited to BUEI to take part in a 1-hour guided interactive tour available both days with BUEI’s Education Team. Students and educators will be led through the Ocean Discovery Centre to explore BUEI’s newest exhibits, Portholes of Discovery, and the Seagrass Restoration Project, the latter of which is opening just in time for World Oceans Day!

“Portholes of Discovery explores the Island through the eyes of the photographers, researchers, and artists who have been inspired by our island’s incredible environment. From discussing the natural assets that make Bermuda the perfect marine hub, to delving into two National Geographic expeditions that placed the island on the world stage, the exhibit highlights Bermuda’s history and continued potential as a center for environmental exploration through photographs, videos, and hands on engagement.

“The Seagrass Restoration Project exhibit, a collaboration with Bermuda’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources, highlights the vital role of seagrass meadows in producing a healthy marine ecosystem and the pressure that green turtle grazing has put on our seagrass habitat. Students will learn the techniques being used by the Bermuda Seagrass Restoration Project to protect remnant meadows from further overgrazing by green turtles and protect the critical habitat for native and endemic species.

“Additionally, a visual interpretation of this year’s World Oceans Day theme, ‘Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean’, is being prepared by YCS participants. This pop-up installation is an opportunity for the YCS students to inform other students from primary through high school about the impacts of plastics in our oceans. The YCS participants have also prepared an interactive board entitled, ‘Our Ocean, Our Hero’ which emphasizes the vital role that our oceans play in slowing down human induced warming of our Earth. These installations have been made possible due to the kind support of Bermuda-based artist Cecilia‘s Lettering Art.

“Each tour will end in an Eco-Schools Showcase where the visiting students will view the sustainable work that has taken place around the island thanks to our student-led Eco-Clubs. This year the programme will be awarding 17 schools from across the island for their sustainability projects, ranging from waste management to energy efficiency. The programme will also be recognising the support of our Delivery Partners [local experts in their fields] that have assisted in supporting the schools throughout the year.”

“World Oceans Day is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the importance of our oceans and the urgency to conserve this vital resource. Nurturing greater appreciation for our ocean is of the utmost importance to us, and providing this opportunity for peer-to-peer conversations surrounding the health of the ocean is invaluable. On behalf of BUEI I would like to thank all involved in creating this event, and recognise the great work being done by the students participating in in the Youth Climate Summit and Eco-Schools Programme!” said Karla Lacey, BUEI CEO.

“To learn more about these programmes please visit www.buei.bm.”

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