Fond Doux hosts Stu­dents for Earth Day

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

While the world cel­e­brated Earth Day yes­ter­day, Fond Doux Plan­ta­tion & Re­sort last week hosted Grade 6 stu­dents of Re­union Pri­mary to teach them about healthy, sus­tain­able liv­ing.

“We will be host­ing the stu­dents for a site visit and lec­ture on the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, and a work­shop on plant­ing a veg­etable kitchen gar­den,” said Fond Doux co-owner Ero­line La­mon­tagne. “Our mantra is sim­ple: if an in­di­vid­ual does not nur­ture or nour­ish their own bod­ies, then we will face se­ri­ous health con­se­quences – and the same goes for the planet earth.”

This pas­sion for re­spon­si­ble tourism has led the Fond Doux team to be­come an ad­vo­cate for sus­tain­abil­ity prac­tices, sup­port­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Cen­ter for Re­spon­si­ble Travel (CREST).

“Sus­tain­abil­ity is now be­com­ing more main­stream within the tourism in­dus­try,” ex­plained La­mon­tagne. “In­creas­ing num­bers of busi­nesses are cre­at­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal de­part­ments, adopt­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and ‘best prac­tices’, seek­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, mit­i­gat­ing and adapt­ing to cli­mate change re­al­i­ties, and look­ing at ways to ‘green’ their sup­ply chain.”

The Caribbean is tourism de­pen­dent and highly vul­ner­a­ble to cli­mate change so re­spon­si­ble tourism and sus­tain­able prac­tices are more im­por­tant than ever be­fore. “Global warm­ing is a re­al­ity and it will af­fect many tourism des­ti­na­tions,” said La­mon­tagne. “We must do every­thing we can to re­duce our car­bon emis­sions and slow down cli­mate change.”

Stu­dents and teach­ers with staff of Fond Doux.

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