Following a year of “introspection and strategic planning in 2020,” the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce [BEST] said they have “emerged revitalised, refocussed and with a determined commitment to ‘greater collaboration for greater impact’.
A spokesperson said, “In March 2021, BEST brought Bermuda’s environmental charities together to launch its first large-scale collaborative initiative: Beyond Plastic Bermuda. The new coalition includes Keep Bermuda Beautiful and Greenrock, along with several advocates, and was formed to address the growing severity of our local problem within the global crisis of plastic pollution.
“Beyond Plastic Bermuda’s goal is to target specific ways to support Government’s intended ban on single-use plastics while urging the whole community, individuals and businesses alike, to find ways to do the same. BEST recognises that the changes the community is being asked to make may be challenging, but making changes is critical for the protection of Bermuda’s environment, the global environment and the health and well-being of Bermuda’s future generations.
“For more information on Beyond Plastic Bermuda please follow them on social media: Facebook.com/beyondplasticbermuda or Instagram.com/beyondplasticbermuda.
“BEST continues its work on smaller scale, collaborative initiatives with like-minded individuals in the areas of:
- “Marine conservation – currently focussed on closely monitoring the proposed shoreside fisheries project.
- “Education – The ‘Eco Lunch & Learn’ Series – free, virtual presentations on a variety of environmentally-related topics in collaboration with the Bermuda College and available to the entire community.
- “Managing development – The preservation of open spaces and other protected zonings in line with the stated aspirations of the Bermuda Plan 2018. An extension of this project aims to develop a campaign to inspire greater awareness and support in the community to better understand the costs of unfettered development and the importance of preserving our open spaces, including our beaches. This is especially important in Bermuda, one of the most densely populated places on the planet.