IOJ’s 2019 Earth Day Competition- “Protecting our Species”

Operating with respect to the environment has always been the modus operandi of the Developer and Operator of Highway 2000 East-West. Therefore, in addition to our own environmentally conscious objectives and initiatives, TransJamaican Highway Limited and Jamaican Infrastructure Operator Limited continue to sponsor the IOJ’s Earth Day competition in support of the view that all living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the construct of life.


International Earth Day is observed on April 22nd each year, and here in Jamaica this competition is the avenue used to engage, stir awareness, and educate ourselves about issues relating to our planet earth.


The 20th Staging of The Natural History Museum of Jamaica’s (NHMJ) and the Institute of Jamaica’s (IOJ) annual Earth Day Competition was held on April 30, 2019 under the theme “Protecting our Species”.


The event’s guest speaker, Mr. Damany Calder, President of BirdLife Jamaica and Environmental Officer at NEPA, gave an informative presentation on the various species of bats, birds, reptiles frogs, butterflies and plants endemic to our island, Jamaica. Mr. Calder stressed the point that we need to get more involved in initiatives that promote the recognition of our unique biodiversity, and the protection of our species and their habitats.


He went further to highlight the National Environment and Planning Agency’s (NEPA) roles and responsibilities in their efforts to Protecting our Species and invited the attendees to also do their part, by reducing consumption, practicing proper disposal of waste, and controlling any invasive species to limit the negative impact on our environment. The presentation also looked at, how young people can get involved, through the various environmental groups and become volunteers and activists in the fight against the extinction of Jamaica’s rich biodiversity by human activities.


The competition drew the participation of youths from various secondary schools, churches, clubs and organized youth groups. Through the use of Creative Arts, our young people showcased the uniqueness of Jamaica’s endangered and endemic species, while encouraging the preservation of the species and their habitats. Participants submitted posters, videos, photography, designed models, and literary pieces that included poems, short stories and essays all capturing this year’s theme and focusing on the species found in Jamaica. Over 100 entries made it into the competition, and featured pieces have been mounted in the NHMJ’S Discovery Room at 10-16 East Street Kingston for public viewing until later this year.

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