They were fascinated about this interesting subject as none of them knew much about corals and our reefs” said Nature Foundation Projects Officer Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern.
The MPC students also learned about the negative impacts of trash and garbage on nature and the environment. “As an island, our trash and garbage will wash down to the beach straight into our oceans. Birds, marine life and wild life are often found dead with stomachs full of plastic. Research from 2015 shows that 48% of fish tested had plastic in their stomach, by 2050 it is expected to have more plastic in the ocean than fish! This was enough motivation for the students to clean up our beaches, which they also did thoroughly at Mullet Bay after the presentation. About sixty students removed thirty bags of garbage from Mullet Bay Beach, most of them were surprised of the high amounts of straws, cigarette buds and plastic bottles which were found during the cleanup,” continued Meijer zu Schlochtern.
The Foundation and teachers were impressed at the motivation of the students and hope that future generations continue to not litter and to protect St Maarten’s environment. Nature is our Future; let’s keep our island clean together.