Plastic Free Cayman, Protect Our Future and other young people are expected to stage a protest outside the Government Administration Building on Friday afternoon, September 23.
The groups will march from the Dairy Queen on North Street at 3 o’clock to the site where they will stage the protest.
According to Bella Rooney of Plastic Free Cayman, the local protest is part of a global movement “inspired by Greta Thunberg and Fridays for Future” and is designed to bring climate change issues to the attention of political leaders and demand action from them.
Commenting on the planned protest, Rooney said: “This will be a chance for the youth of our island to rally together and bring forward a message to our island’s leaders. It is time for the Cayman Islands to finally put an end to single-use plastics.
“Although we are not a major contributor to plastic pollution or climate change globally, the impacts to us as an island nation will be the most brutal and will affect us for generations to come.”
While Plastic Free Cayman has met with government officials over the past couple of years to get legislation in place to address single-use plastics, no comprehensive legislation has been implemented to date.
Plastic Free Cayman is a team of volunteers passionate about reducing single-use plastic in the Cayman Islands. The group aims to raise awareness of the growing issues surrounding plastic pollution and help others on their plastic-free journey.
Plastic Free Cayman began as a grassroots movement in 2017 with monthly clean-ups across Cayman and has collected over 15,000 pounds of garbage (including single-use plastics) since inception.