To celebrate Earth Day and coastal awareness month, One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) held an environmentally-themed festival. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- Respect Mother Earth” was the theme for this day of celebration. OEF partnered with a number of non-profit organizations, local craft vendors, local businesses and government departments. The goal of this event was to bring about awareness, to educate, and to demonstrate alternatives.

Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) was represented by Tamanji Bethel and Giltavia Goodman (Deep Creek Middle School Student), who presented on the invasive species of the ocean and worm compost. For lionfish, the message is that lionfish are here to stay! CEI continues to educate Eleutheran communities about lionfish, to create a market for the fish, and take some pressure off of overfished creatures like conch and grouper.

 The team also talked about the plus side of worm composting, as a way to farm that is both healthy and sustainable.

There are many environmentally friendly ways to live and CEI is on the move to a greener earth. Many people visited the CEI booth, were engaged and left with new information. CEI will continue outreach, and connecting and changing the communities one topic at a time.