Young Achiever: Micah leads beach clean-up
A young activist has teamed up with an international environmental group to organise an island-wide clean-up of Bermuda’s most popular beaches.
Micah Richardson, 17, was selected by Greenpeace International to take a team of young volunteers and remove trash on the island’s shores.
The teenager, from Devonshire, will lead the charge with his organisation GreenTeam Bermuda, a group he created to tackle climate change and pollution on the island.
Micah said: “Basically what I’m going to do in the upcoming days is go around and see where the biggest tourist attractions are because more people means more plastic.
“My plan is to bring my GreenTeam to different locations of the most visited beaches and clean up all at once.”
The Berkeley Institute pupil said that he created the group with two other friends in March as a way to get young people invested in their future.
He explained: “We’re the next generation to inherit the Earth, but I noticed that not many young people care about the environment in Bermuda.
Micah explained: “Our goal is to educate and involve the youth in environmental issues in Bermuda, because not many people care until they’ve actually been educated.”
Micah said that the youth group, made up of 60 high school-aged children, sends out a small group every week to remove around the island.
“He added that his plan with Greenpeace would be a similar activity but on a much larger scale.
Micah said that his GreenTeam initiative caught the attention of the organisation when he met with them at the five-day Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit in May.
He explained that the summit, held on board a ship in the North Atlantic Gyre, gathered scientists, environmentalists and members from key organisations to discuss the effects of plastics on the ocean.
Micah added: “It was coming to the end of my time at the summit and basically Amy Harvey from the Bermuda College got me to talk and give my contact information to the Greenpeace organisation.
“I had actually never heard of them, but when I talked to their representative he explained to me what they did.
“He said he’d be coming back with his organisation at the end of July, so I gave him my contact information and a few weeks later they e-mailed me. They said that they wanted to meet with GreenTeam Bermuda, work hand-in-hand with us and pretty much help orchestrate a clean-up.”
The clean-up is scheduled to take place on July 27 and 28. Micah said that he hoped to talk with Greenpeace in the meantime and develop more cleaning initiatives around the island.
• Micah Richardson urges those who wish to volunteer with GreenTeam Bermuda or the clean-up to contact them through the Instagram page greenteam.bda
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