Recent NewsOne thousand turn up to help celebrate environmental landmarks
Thursday, June 09, 2022
About 1,000 people turned out to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo on Saturday to celebrate World Oceans Day and World Environment Day.
The facility, along with the Bermuda Zoological Society, hosted a free Family Open Day, where they demonstrated their “commitment to ocean conservation”.
David Wingate portrait donated to National Gallery
Thursday, May 12, 2022
A leading conservationist was presented with a portrait of himself in honour of his work.
Ornithologist shows David Wingate helping a fledging Cahow from its nest with two of the seabirds in flight behind him.
A dedication event was held at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo on Saturday.
SailGP preparations underway as Cross Island comes to life
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Sailing fever is now in full swing at the West End ahead of the opening races of SailGP this weekend.
Behind the scenes at Cross Island, headquarters of the Bermuda Grand Prix, the sailing teams and their technical support are immersed in preparations.
BZS Welcomes Youth Climate Summit Participants to Trunk Island
Thursday, May 05, 2022
On Saturday, 30th April, the Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) invited 6 participants from the Youth Climate Summit, as well as the Youth Climate Initiative Consulting Director - Dr. Rosemarie McMahon, for a morning of planting native trees on Trunk Island, the BZS Living Classroom. Under the careful guidance of Trevor Rawson, the BZS Trunk Island Project Coordinator, the participants were able to plant 30 native and endemic trees - teaching them the importance of placing trees and shrubs in a newly graded and exposed coastal environment.
Warwick Playground Transformed by the BZS Micro Forest Project
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
If you drove along South Shore in Warwick last Saturday morning you may have seen a large group of people planting at Warwick Playground. The Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) was joined by their Junior Volunteers, members of the BZS Science Club, individuals from the Government of Bermuda’s Department of Parks, employees from the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo and corporate volunteers from RenaissanceRe and Aspen Re to plant the second plot for the BZS Micro Forest Project.
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Young people were invited to provide input on how Bermuda can mitigate long-term threats such as climate change as part of a consultation on The Draft Blue Prosperity Plan.
The Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme, in partnership with the Bermuda Zoological Society, held a Young Leaders Engagement Session at the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo last Friday to consult on environmental issues.
Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier and the Minister of Home Affairs, said: “The public consultation period is a valuable opportunity to connect with Bermuda’s young people and encourage them to find their voices in local policy decisions.
“The Draft Blue Prosperity Plan will shape economic and environmental issues impacting Bermuda’s youth.
“As such, we must take the time to ensure they understand the importance of protecting the island’s waters and how we can mitigate and provide solutions to long-term challenges, such as climate change.”
Environmental organisations including BZS, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute supported the event and submitted nominations for Young Leader Session participants.
Kasey Bell, a participant, said the event had inspired and motivated her to engage in the process.
She said: “I already knew I wanted to be an oceanographer, but this showed me how important the work is, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to discuss these issues with my peers.”
During the event, Department of Environment and Natural Resources representatives presented highlights from the draft plan, while BZS facilitated discussions.
Colin Brown, the BZS president, said: “The BZS is committed to providing the next generation of stewards in Bermuda with unique experiential learning opportunities that help to foster a lifelong interest in conservation and ocean policy through its mission to inspire appreciation and care of island environments.”
The Draft Blue Prosperity Plan is open to public comment until November 12. It has two components – the Blue Economy Strategy, a guideline for growing Bermuda's ocean-related industries and attracting investment, and the Marine Spatial Plan, a framework for implementing sustainable ocean development, protection, and management.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs said: “This draft plan uses the best available science and builds from extensive input from the Government of Bermuda, the local scientific community, stakeholder groups, and Bermuda’s public.”
Engagement sessions have taken place in Hamilton, Somerset and St George’s while stakeholder meetings are ongoing.
The Draft Blue Prosperity Plan is available to read at www.BermudaOceanProsperity.org and feedback can be given online at the Government Citizens Forum website https://forum.gov.bm/en/.
“The Blue Prosperity Plan is a way to secure a better future for young Bermudians and it is important to hear what they want for the future of Bermuda’s ocean,” said Weldon Wade, BOPP’s communications co-ordinator.
“The next generation will inherit our decisions and we need to include them in the conversation."