Founder of body setting global standards in beach cleaning to speak in Bermuda
An environmentalist from the Isle of Man is set to speak in Bermuda next week about efforts to safeguard the territory’s environment.
Bill Dale, founder of Beach Buddies, will take to the stage at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute on June 25 to discuss how the Isle of Man was able to achieve Unesco biosphere region status.
The event is part of the BUEI’s Island SOS series and a spokeswoman said: “Biosphere reserves are learning areas for sustainable development under diverse ecological, social and economic contexts.
“They operate by bringing people and the environment together to build sustainable communities to preserve environments that provide habitats for nature, marine and birdlife.”
The spokeswoman said Beach Buddies, founded in 2006, has set global standards in beach cleaning and addressing marine plastics.
“Beach Buddies seeks to encourage new Unesco biosphere reserves by offering easy but structured guidance points to encourage groups, families, schools and individuals to get together and protect their island to make a positive environmental impact,” the spokeswoman added.
“Bill has become a frequent guest speaker highlighting the work of his organisation around the world and will share these methods during his BUEI talks presentation.”
The spokeswoman added that while the Isle of Man is 11 times larger than Bermuda with 55 per cent more coastline, the population is only about 26 per cent larger than Bermuda’s.
Karla Lacey, BUEI CEO, said: “The Isle of Man is a perfect example of how enormous change is achievable from a small population.
“It is our hope that this particular Island SOS instalment drives home the point that these types of large-scale initiatives can be carried out here in Bermuda.
“With a comparable population size, it is evident that environmental care has become a part of the everyday lifestyle for their community and in Bermuda this can be the same.”
The presentation is scheduled to begin at 4pm on June 25. Tickets will cost $15 for BUEI members and $20 for non-members.