UNEP-CEP and several leading NGOs were featured in the 3rd Annual Caribbean SeaFan Festival

Online Telethon held in commemoration of UN World Ocean Day

June 8, UN World Ocean Day, takes on new momentum in the Caribbean as the Institute of Caribbean Studies celebrates with the 3rd Annual Caribbean SeaFan Festival Online, to spread the message “Life Needs the Caribbean Sea”. The goal of the festival is to help spread the idea of ‘Health Caribbean Sea means Wealth Caribbean People’ message far and wide across the reaches of the Caribbean Sea, in order to create a more conscious and aware community of stakeholders for the Caribbean Sea. “The Caribbean Sea is not just out there, nor is it just scenery as many if not most Caribbean people think. We Caribbeans really need to wake up and realize that on this Cruise Ship called planet Earth, we are all captains. We each have a role to play in ensuring a clean and thriving Caribbean Sea in 2030”, states Dr. Claire Nelson, the Curator of the Festival. 

Over twenty experts from Aruba to Florida to Trinidad and Tobago will participate in a series of one on one conversations that Nelson, as her alter ego folklorist ‘Cousin Clara’ calls --the chapters of the epic tale of the life and times of the Caribbean Sea. The Institute of Caribbean Studies’ flagship 3rd Annual Caribbean SeaFan Festival Online Telethon will be the CaribVision TV’s offering in support of UN World Ocean Day. CaribVision TV will stream the 8 hour event on its online platform thus bringing the story of the Caribbean Sea to nature lovers across the planet. Organizations slated to participate include: The Nature Conservancy, CARIBSAVE, WIDECAST, Blue Ventures, Blue Rise, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Ocean Crest Alliance to name a few. The online storytelling environmental festival provides a platform for sharing stories about the work of the region’s leading ocean and marine environmentalists, in a way that creates a sense of personal interest, and thus cultivates a greater appreciation for the importance of the Caribbean Sea to the people and economy of the region.

CaribVision, the Caribbean Channel, is an information and lifestyle channel broadcasting 24/7, a variety of culturally rich and entertaining programming, which includes news, politics, current affairs, sports, drama, entertainment, lifestyle shows and everything Caribbean. CaribVision is aired on cable in over 22 Caribbean territories, the US Tri-State area – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and soon to the entire US mainland, Canada and the UK.

The Festival and Telethon will be streamed via ComeSee TV, beginning 9:00 am EST on June 8th the leading online TV production company in the Caribbean; that has partnered with ICS and CaribVision.TV on the campaign.

To view the festival on June 8, visitwww.CaribVision.TV. For more information about the Caribbean SeaFan Festival Online Telethon, please visit: www.thecaribbeansea.org or send us an email at icsdcorg.events@gmail.com.