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Sep 3, 2019

TIDE’s Marine Litter Awareness Campaign

As part of its plastic pollution awareness campaign, today in partnership with Indufur North America, CEFAS and the Commonwealth Litter Program, the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment along with the Department of the Environment held the Belize Marine Litter Art and Innovation Contest. Forty-one entries were submitted for the art competition while six submissions were made for the innovation challenge. Executive Director for TIDE Celia Mahung says that the contest was created to increase awareness of and possible solutions to the global problem of marine litter.


Celia Mahung, Executive Director, T.I.D.E.

Celia Mahung

“It was really to use art for the children and youth as a medium to depict the impact of marine litter and the environment and possible solutions. For the innovation competition it was for individuals to think about solution to plastic pollution, business solutions. So today the finalists present and displayed their art pieces. The judges are here to identified first and second place art winners. The same is happening for the innovation competition where the four participants are pitching their business idea, thinking of what can be done to reduce plastic pollution. They are very aware of the issues that we have with marine pollution and they are thinking of solutions already so you can imagine when they become adults. They will be excellent leaders.”


For the art category, Cayo District Art Group won first place for their Bottle Art in the Primary School division. Khadija Cayetano of Little Flower R.C. School placed second for her Stuffed Hicatees art piece. In the high school division, Jasmine, Andrew and Amaia Faber of Toledo Community College while Verule Garcia and Teyana placed second. Jolie Pollard of IKOOM won the Innovation Prize.

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