Local activities to mark the celebration of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2010, culminated on Thursday September 16th 2010 (World Ozone Day), with a street march and rally by Secondary School children.

For the first time ever, the National Ozone Unit (NOU), of the Energy Division of the Ministry of Finance Grenada, organized a week of activities to commemorate World Ozone Day.

Under the theme, “Ozone Layer Protection: Governance and Compliance at their best ”, this year’s activities began with the erection of a banner, displaying the theme, on September 1st , at the front of the NOU’s Office on the Carenage, St. George’s. This was done as a means of creating awareness of World Ozone Day.

During the week of activities, which ran from September 13th – 16th , a special ceremony was held at the Wesley College to recognize young Jonissa Auguste, a student of the school, who created the painting that was used for the calendar that was produced by Ozone Officers of the English Speaking Caribbean as a regional public awareness activity. At the school, a billboard with a copy of the painting was also erected. Two other billboards with Ozone Protection messages were also erected, one at the Beacon High School in St. George’s and another in St. Andrew’s.

Another major activity of the week was the launch of a scholarship program in which ten (10) students received full two year scholarships to attend the TA Marryshow Community college in order to complete the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning program there.

The highlight of the celebrations was, a Student March and Rally on September 16th . Approximately 250 students and teachers from secondary schools throughout Grenada converged in the capital city, St. George’s, and marched through the streets carrying banners and waving placards displaying ozone protection messages. This attracted several onlookers and persons were seen lining the streets to view the march and to give support to the participants.

The march terminated with Student Rally at the Grenada National Stadium. At the rally the students were addressed by:

  • National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith;
  • Schools Activities Co-ordinator from the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Michelle Warrick;
  • Minister for Environment, Honorable Michael Church, who delivered the feature address; and
  • A student at the Beacon High School, Ms. Isis Richards, who read the address sent by the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki moon.

Other highlights of the rally included:

  • The presentation of prizes to the winners of the World Ozone Day radio quiz, and
  • The rendition of an original environmental song by the students of the Wesley College, much to the delight of the student audience.