Enthusiastic Aruban Turnout for World Cleanup Day 2021

Aruba was one of 180 countries participating in World Cleanup Day on Saturday with more than 60 volunteers led by Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in partnership with Arikok National Park.

The leadership of Arikok National Park and Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort invited local educational groups, including the International School of Aruba, the University of Aruba, Fofoti Tours, The Interact group,  and guests and staff within Bucuti & Tara to participate in the effort to rid Arashi Beach and surroundings of trash.

World Cleanup Day was organized with a goal that crosses borders and defies religious and cultural differences. It is one of the biggest civic movements, uniting countries across the world with the mission to facilitate a cleaner planet. Last year, World Clean Up Day brought together more than 11 million people despite the difficulties of COVID-19.

World Cleanup Day harnesses the power and enthusiasm of people around the world who want to see sustainable living for future generations and it is accomplished by joining together. The movement this year highlights an area so critical for Aruba – the ocean. With 70% of the world’s oxygen produced in oceans, it is devastating that 8 million tons of plastic ends up polluting the water each year. The 2021 theme is to raise awareness and work to stop the flow of garbage into the waters. Cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from Aruba’s beaches and streets will positively impact the undersea flora and fauna and ultimately, everyone.

Participating EcoKids from the International School of Aruba shared: “We are young eco-warriors! Our mission is to help the ocean and our beautiful island of Aruba. We want to protect and help the Earth for future generations. Thank you Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort for inspiring us and supporting us!” From the University of Aruba, the Dean, Dr. Viola Heutger and some foreign exchange students proudly joined as well.

Fofoti Tours provided transportation to the clean-up site. A company representative shared, “Our team at Fofoti is proud to be a believer and supporter of having a healthy balance between tourism and protecting our natural environment because this is where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.”

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort returning guests Mr. Michael Wildemand and Ms. Annette MacMullin from Teuksbury, schedule their stays for the third week of each month to make sure they have the opportunity to participate in the resort’s monthly Eagle Beach clean-up. They were pleasantly surprised to join and meet the robust group of sustainability-minded local people during the special participation in World Cleanup Day this year.

Overall the event was a resounding success and Bucuti & Tara and Parke Arikok thank all the participants.

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Article written by Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort