KBB To Hold Island-Wide Coastal Clean-Up

September 27, 2022

Keep Bermuda Beautiful [KBB] has announced the dates for the annual island-wide Coastal Clean-Up, sponsored by EY Bermuda.

A spokesperson said, “The 2022 event is scheduled from September 29th to October 9th and includes more than 60 beaches and coastal areas across the island. This year’s event will include community coastal clean-ups in each of the nine parishes on the weekends of October 1st – 2nd and 8th – 9th. Go to www.kbb.bm for locations, volunteer sign-up and additional information.

“KBB’s annual coastal clean-up is Bermuda’s largest marine conservation event aimed at tackling local litter problems and global ocean pollution issues that are plaguing our tiny island.

“The event’s impact spans well beyond Bermuda’s beautiful shores. Data collected from the island-wide coastal clean-up is reported to the Ocean Conservancy, a global research and advocacy organisation that tracks and reports on ocean pollution around the world. Ocean Conservancy also coordinates the annual International Coastal Clean-Up [ICC], which Bermuda participates in every Fall.

“Because of Bermuda’s unique geographical position in the middle of the Atlantic gyres, local data collected plays a critical role in identifying global patterns of waste circulating throughout the world’s oceans. Such patterns can help KBB and other environmental organisations develop solutions to help combat ocean pollution, both locally and globally.

“EY, through their local and global sustainability commitments, have been the title sponsor for KBB’s Coastal Clean-Up since 2016. EY’s partnership with KBB and their continuing support for environmental causes has created a positive impact across the island and around the world.”

Joel Edwards, Associate Partner with EY, said “Sustainability and playing a positive role in the communities in which we work aligns with our EY purpose of building a better working world. We commend KBB’s efforts and are proud to be lead sponsors of this very important initiative which helps preserve and protect our local ecosystems.”

Traci Burgess, KBB’s Executive Director, added “We appreciate EY for their ongoing support of Bermuda’s biggest ‘marine clean’. The 2022 Coastal Clean-Up is bigger than ever and, because of the resources provided by EY, the event’s impact across Bermuda continues to increase year over year.”

Ms. Burgess continued, “Engagement with KBB is at an all-time high and our reach across the island is expanding every day. One of KBB’s key objectives is to minimise the toxic impact single-use plastics [SUPs] are having on the environment and on human health.”

“SUPs are literally choking our local marine environment and wreaking havoc on the world’s oceans. Unfortunately, some of the damage that’s already been caused is irreversible, but there is hope. It is important that everyone takes immediate action to help stem the harmful tides of ocean pollution, which is why participating in the coastal clean-up is essential. Furthermore, reducing our personal consumption habits, saying no to SUPs and voluntarily cleaning-up in our local communities are three impactful ways that each of us can make a positive difference every day.”

Ms. Burgess concluded by saying, “The generosity of EY and many other partnerships, including support from thousands of volunteers each year, allows KBB to thrive and continue evolving as the need for action and education continues to increase. KBB’s ability to develop and deliver effective environmental programmes, special projects and signature events is unmatched.”

“As one of the island’s leading environmental charities, funding is a critical need for KBB to continue taking greater action and expanding our delivery of environmental education programmes. Action and education are two of the best methods of producing real results in reducing waste, eliminating litter, preserving and restoring the environment, and beautifying the island. KBB is grateful to EY for their multi-faceted commitments to the environment.”

The spokesperson said, “KBB thanks the public in advance for contributing to the 2022 coastal clean-up. Please visit www.kbb.bm to sign-up for this year’s event, or like and follow KBB on social media to keep up with the organisation’s latest news and updates.”

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