The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is collaborating with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), through the “Mitigating the Threat of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean” project, to host the 7th Annual Hellshire Enviro Fair. The event will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Two Sisters Caves in Hellshire, St. Catherine. The Hellshire Enviro Fair is a community outreach and environmental education activity aimed at encouraging environmental awareness and eco-friendly practices.
The Fair is being held in commemoration of International Day for Biological Diversity, which is celebrated on May 22nd annually. The theme for this year is “Water and Biodiversity”. Several schools and organizations including NEPA, as well as the Port Royal and Discovery Bay Marine Labs will provide displays highlighting eco-friendly practices and our native wildlife. The day’s activities will also include DJ, Speech and Poetry competitions, prizes and surprises and will culminate with a concert.
Awards will be presented to the winning schools from infant, primary and secondary institutions which participated in the “2013 Hellshire Schools’ Environmental Competition”. This year approximately 16 schools participated in the competition which was carried out between September 2012 and May 2013. Students, guided by their teachers, were required to implement viable environmental projects. The foci of projects this year included alternative energy, recycling plastic and styrofoam, cash crops and container farming, the creation of greenhouses with recycled materials, as well as innovative recycling for profit and farming.
The UDC hosted the inaugural Hellshire Enviro Fair during May 2007 and organized the Hellshire Schools Enviro Competition for the first time in 2008.