"Our annual Beach Party is always a blast," says organizer Mary Beth Sutton
, "and this year's title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to our very real mission - working in both the Caribbean and the southeastern United States to educate children and teachers on how they can impact water quality."
Environmental scientist and educator Ms. Sutton founded Caribbean SEA 10 years ago to empower young people in the Caribbean countries of St. Lucia, Dominica, Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Curacao and Jamaica to care about and take action to protect their water.
"In small island ecosystems, relatively minor actions can have an incredible impact," she
explains, "so these students and their teachers can lead their countries to better environmental health, which improves their economic health as well.
With the right education, these students can be a force of change in their countries.
They can give everyone hope for a brighter future."
Both Caribbean SEA
and TenneSEA run camps and educational programs to help children make the connection between everyday actions and water quality, Ms. Sutton