The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman offers a look into the island’s many eco-wonders
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DALLAS, October 8, 2012 – For environmentally-conscious uber junkies, Ambassadors of the Environment at The Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman might be exactly what you’re looking for. Created by the internationally renowned explorer and preservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society (OFS), Ambassadors of the Environment is a groundbreaking program that introduces travelers to the Cayman Islands’ extraordinary natural wonders and cultural heritage while demonstrating imaginative ways to build environmental sustainability into lives back home.
Participants in the Ambassadors of the Environment program can discover Cayman’s famous coral reefs and mangroves forests, the islands’ woodlands and wetlands and Caymanian life and traditions through adventures, hands-on activities and classroom and laboratory experiences. Even better, the activities are customized for adults and children.
At the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman there are more than 25 activities offered in any given week so whether it’s mangrove kayaking, underwater photography, submarine expeditions or trips to see Cayman’s endangered blue iguana you won’t be at a loss for eco-friendly fun.
For fans of the night, ask about the night snorkeling and see how the underwater world changes when the sun goes down.
The Ambassadors adventure actually begins with arrival at a 2,700-square foot “Heritage House,” a traditional island cottage showcasing Caymanian culture. The adjacent Ambassadors Lab features the most technologically advanced equipment and attractions, including a simulated coral reef that doubles as an interactive mural, digital cameras, computers and multi-media equipment.
The building is surrounded with innovative examples of ecologically responsible living, including native flora and edible landscaping and solar panel exhibits. This is the setting for the discovery of sustainable living, “green” architecture and construction, efficient energy use, and leading edge sustainable practices such photovoltaic power.
According to a press release, Dr. Richard Murphy of OFS who is one of the world’s acknowledged experts on coral reefs and who led the development of this program, the goal of Ambassadors of the Environment is to create “a new vision for the next generation” by introducing young guests to the Cayman Islands’ natural and cultural environment in an exciting, entertaining way. The program strives to “give young people a positive view of themselves as well as life skills in communication, teamwork, responsibility and friendship building,” he said. He went on to add, “We want to inspire them to live more sustainably and take responsibility for their future.”
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