Environmental scientist and educator Mary Beth Sutton founded Caribbean SEA 10 years ago in an effort to empower young people in the Caribbean countries such as St. Lucia, Dominica, Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Curacao and Jamaica to care about and take action to protect their water.
"Tourism masks the extreme poverty in the Caribbean," said Ms. Sutton
"That area of the world is often neglected because people only think about it in terms of tourism; however, the countries there are developing countries."
More than 80 percent of the coral reefs in the Caribbean are dead or dying due to water pollution and climate change, Sutton
aims to reduce the stress on the reefs by reducing the land-based sources of pollution: sediment and sewage coming out the rivers.
"Many places in the Caribbean don't have sewage treatment or controls for erosion or sewage," said Ms. Sutton
That's why Sutton
expanded clean water programs to her
hometown of Chattanooga five years ago through the creation of the Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance
For more information, contact Mary Beth Sutton
at 423 413-0471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.