The World Resources Institute reported that up to 80 percent of coral coverage in the Caribbean had been lost over the past 50 years which is having a direct impact on food supply and hurricane protection. Caribbean SEA has worked for the last nine years with young people and their communities to highlight the need for clean water and take direct action to improve the health of the water and the local watersheds.
To highlight the importance of clean water initiatives and to celebrate the Caribbean culture, Caribbean SEA and TenneSEA will host its 10th annual Caribbean SEA Party beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. Everyone is invited to join the revelry, held at the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX theatre in downtown Chattanooga.
At Caribbean SEA and TenneSEA (Student Environmental Alliance), all projects begin with education, because awareness can generate action, said officials. The non-profit organization’s goal is to allow students to discover and solve local environmental problems and become a force of change for their country. Long term, the students and teachers will witness environmental improvement from their actions and lead others to sustainable living practices. In small island ecosystems, relatively minor actions can have an incredible impact, leading to improved environmental and economic health.
The 2013 Caribbean SEA Party will feature an exclusive viewing of the IMAX film Great White Shark 3D, a breathtaking encounter with the predator everyone loves to fear. The evening begins with Caribbean-style music and dinner catered by Events with Taste. Authentic Caribbean drinks will be served, including a specialty rum bar.
The inaugural Beach Party began in 2004 as a means to raise awareness and funds for water projects supported by Caribbean SEA. Over the last decade, the event has become the main fundraiser for the organization, financing projects such as the Kids 4 Clean Water projects in Chattanooga, environmental education training for educators in St. Lucia and community high school environmental programs in Dominica.
All attendees are invited to come dressed in their best beachware. Advanced tickets are available at The Gear Closet, 535 Cherokee Blvd., at www.caribbean-sea.org or by calling Christine Bock, event chair, at 718-7057. Tickets will also be available at the door.