How can you care more for OUR environment in order to protect the OCEAN?

For the 2020 Harper’s Art competition we are asking you to think ABOUT how you can be a better steward of the environment — caring for our water ways, beaches, communities, schools and our neighbourhoods.

Now more than ever, concerns about the environment are at an all-time high. Big issues include plastic polluting the ocean, stronger hurricanes, global warming, deforestation, extinction of animals, water shortages and pollution.

As we live on an island, every time we mistreat our environment, we cause harm to the surrounding ocean, land and beaches.

We would like you to design a poster for a signboard that will show how we can care more for our environment and protect the ocean — by participating in any of the below actions:

  1. Do not litter

Littering is a bad habit that many of us have. Throwing away wrappers, bottles, cans, garbage and other waste causes harm to our environment.

  1. Use Reusable Bags – NOT PLASTIC

Plastic grocery-type bags are banned on Antigua and Barbuda, however, there are still shops that still give plastic bags and everytime one is thrown out, it ends up in a our landfill or in the ocean where they are often swallowed by whales, sharks and other sea creatures, who mistake the plastic bags as food.

  1. Separate for Recycling

Practice separating garbage into plastic, cans & landfill and take the recyclables to the recycling plant.

  1. Carry a reusable beverage container wherever you go

Instead of buying bottled water or drinks on the go, fill up at home from the refrigerator or the water fountain. Not only will this help the environment, but it will also help you save money.

  1. Save Electricity

Turn off lights, the TV, computer other appliances when you are not using them. Ask your parents to use energy-efficient light bulbs instead of regular bulbs.

  1. Save Water

Turn off the faucet when as you are brushing your teeth. Don’t turn your shower on until you’re ready to get in and wash your hair. Limit your water usage as you wash dishes.

  1. Plant Based Diet

More and more research points to a meat free diet being kinder to the environment because it requires less water and other resources to produce the same food.

  1. Spread the word!

Encourage your parents, friends, family members, school, sports club, church group and your community to care about their environment. If all of us begin to do our part – recycle – refuse to use single use plastic – pick up garbage, our island and surrounding ocean will remain beautiful and safe for all of us including the sea and land creatures that share our twin island state.

Complete instructions, deadline and submission form can be found by clicking  this dowloadable link.