RUBiS Partners with BREEF for Weekend of Environmental Awareness Activities
Last weekend, the employees and families of RUBiS Bahamas Limited partnered with the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) in two highly engaging environmental awareness activities.
On Friday September 7th, and in celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day, RUBiS and BREEF cleaned up Saunders’ Beach on West Bay Street. Participants removed plastic, trash and other waste from the seabed and sand at the beach. By the end of the event, several bags of trash had been removed from the beach which is used daily by locals and tourists alike.
RUBiS employees shared their thoughts on and excitement for the weekend of activities, as they eagerly await the remaining planned environmental initiatives. “It felt great to be a part of this event and to learn the impact that debris and plastic have on marine life,” one employee commented; another expressed that “The wetlands and mangroves silently preserve and protect our marine life by creating a natural habitat for young fish.”
Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, BREEF Executive Director, spoke of the event’s importance, stating, “We truly believe it is important to preserve our marine environment because our environment sustains us. Beach clean ups provide an opportunity both to take existing plastic waste out of the ocean and off our beaches, and to inspire people who join us to make a shift to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that they are using in their daily lives. We appreciate the support that our corporate partners like RUBiS provide in helping us to reach our conservation goals.”
RUBiS is a long-term sponsor of BREEF, contributing to the organization through both financial and volunteer support. RUBiS Sales & Marketing Manager Latia Duncombe expressed that “RUBiS is committed to environmental sustainability, and our employees were eager to participate and learn how to contribute toward the cause. Marine conservation is a team effort, and we at RUBiS are making sure we do our part to preserve our natural resources for the next generation,” said Duncombe.
On Saturday September 8th, RUBiS employees and their families participated in a nature walk and snorkel at Bonefish Pond National Park off Cowpen Road with BREEF. A wealth of information was shared on the importance of wetlands and how to identify a wide variety of native flora and fauna, including the four different types of mangroves and several species of juvenile fish that call the park home.
“We are looking forward to many more similar initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the necessity of protecting our marine environment,” said Duncombe.