The Green Oceans Initiative

Molly Darville
The Green Oceans Initiative is a recycling initiative for the Bahamas. The Bahamas does not export its trash and this has created a vicious cycle of trash burning, polluting our land, air and waters.

The Bahamas is an archipelago consisting of over 700 islands and cays, located just south of Florida. Only 30 of these islands are inhabited. The main island is New Providence, more locally known for its capital, Nassau. Nassau is the central location for all major transport, trade and where our government head offices are located. For most things the Bahamas imports everything we need, from food, to medicine, to clothes, making us a third world country that relies on outside sources for our way of life.

The one aspect of life that we do not involve outside sources with is our trash disposal. The Bahamas does not export its trash. Instead it is burned in huge dump piles on locations on each island. This has created a vicious cycle that pollutes the air around us, the land and the oceans. The worst part of all is that we are a country that relies heavily on tourism and fishing as two of our biggest industries. How long will this last if our oceans, marine life, and more are overrun with pollution?

With this initiative, I propose stopping a vicious cycle by implementing a positive one. Using specially-designed recycling bins to sort and collect recycling material to put to good use. Plastic pollution could be broken down and integrated into making new roads for more sustainable and longer-lasting roads for locals to drive on. Moreover, styrofoam containers can be replaced with seaweed packaging  biodegradable and edible! These ideas and more are already being done in countries like Dubai, Australia and Rwanda!

Not only will this initiative be good for the environment, but also for the Bahamian economy. There are a multitude of jobs that can be generated as a result; jobs like trash collectors, trash sorters, and builders for the recycling bins.

The benefits of this system and this initiative are endless. Time to create a better Bahamas by helping it to GO Clean, GO Sustainable and GO Eco-Friendly.

The one aspect of life that we do not involve outside sources with is our trash disposal. The Bahamas does not export its trash. Instead it is burned in huge dump piles on locations on each island. This has created a vicious cycle that pollutes the air around us, the land and the oceans. The worst part of all is that we are a country that relies heavily on tourism and fishing as two of our biggest industries. How long will this last if our oceans, marine life, and more are overrun with pollution?