Ocean Heroes Spotlight

Team Protect Our Future is Saving Grand Cayman's Reefs

February 25, 2020
Organizing protests against the cruise ship port project helped Protect Our Future garner the signatures they needed to call for a referendum.
Organizing protests against the cruise ship port project helped Protect Our Future garner the signatures they needed to call for a referendum.

Protect Our Future, led by Ocean Heroes Ben Somerville and Dejea Lyons, includes over 50 students at seven schools all over Grand Cayman Island!

Their campaign aims to protect their island’s reefs and mangrove ecosystems, and they work closely with Plastic Free Cayman to advocate for the elimination of single-use plastic on the island. Their work in this area is helping push through a law banning five different SUP items (grocery bags, takeout containers, stirrers, straws, and cotton swabs) starting January 2021.

Their most recent achievement was to help force the island government to reconsider a plan to construct a cruise ship port that would require the destruction of a large section of precious reef. Protect Our Future spent months organizing events and social media campaigns to spread awareness and ensure that the project did not move forward without citizens’ voices being heard. A major success came in December when enough signatures were gathered to force the government to call for a public referendum on the project. The Protect Our Future team is hopeful that the next step in the process will be a complete stop to the port project via the citizens of Grand Cayman speaking up to say they want to protect their reefs!

Photos like this make social media campaigns more impactful!
The Protect Our Future team has hosted dozens of beach cleanups!
The Protect Our Future team has hosted dozens of beach cleanups!