Nature Foundation Urges Population to be Respectful of the Environment During Easter Activities

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Keep Beaches Free of Trash

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation is urging the community to be responsible and sustainable with regards to their Easter Activities over the weekend. Easter Monday and Easter Sunday are two of the most popular beach days of the calendar, with many families enjoying the island’s beaches. The Nature Foundation is therefore urging the community to be responsible when it comes to their beach-going activities. “We in particular are urging the community to pick up after themselves and keep our beautiful beaches free of garbage and debris. Particular plastic and Styrofoam containers can be very harmful to the environment and leaving food behind on the beaches can result in rat and ant infestation on the beaches,” commented Tadzio Bervoets of the Nature Foundation.

The Foundation is also urging the community to be respectful to any wildlife they might encounter on the beaches; “We share our beaches with any animals, including birds and sea turtles for example and we urge the community to be respectful of the ‘other beachgoers’”.

“Plastic pollution is one of the major concerns with regards to the environment and we urge everyone to take their garbage and food-leftovers with them. If we all contribute and play our part we can ensure that while we enjoy nature through going to the beach, camping, swimming or however you choose to spend your Easter we have as little impact on the environment as possible,” according to a Nature Foundation release.

Various school groups assisted the Nature Foundation in cleaning Guana Bay, Kim-Sha Beach and Mullet Bay over the last few weeks in preparation for Easter and the Sea Turtle Nesting Season.