The organizations Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Taino Warriors together with actress Michelle Rodriguez have joined forces to help the island of Puerto Rico rebuild after the devastation brought by Hurricane Maria and its economic impact. The campaign, named Operation Taino Spirit Promise, will not only focus on rebuilding the island but on doing it sustainably by delivering sustainable tools and resources to local partners and retrieving plastic waste.
The campaign, set to launch in mid-December and continue into 2018, was announced 75 days after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and made a complete rebuild of the already weakened infrastructure necessary. The operation will deliver supplies to local Puerto Rican NGOs working on rebuilding the area in a sustainable manner, the Sea Shepherd website explains, and it is carried out in the spirit of Puerto Rico’s indigenous Taino people. A special focus will be given to the areas of environment, eco-agriculture, and children’s mental health and education.
In addition to delivering supplies, the operation’s vessel will also retrieve plastics and raw materials off the island, which will both help the environment and relieve the island’s landfills which are already overflowing.
“In this era of climate change Sea Shepherd stands ready to assist the good and resilient people of Puerto Rico in their recovery from these destructive events,” said Sea Shepherd’s founder, Captain Paul Watson.
The organization has teamed up with Taino Warriors, a Hollywood-based non-profit created by industry leaders aiming to support Puerto Ricans who are empowering underserved communities. Both groups were joined by Michelle Rodriguez, an actress, activist, and a long-time Sea Shepherd supporter. Rodriguez’s father himself is Puerto Rican – and the actress spent much time during her formative years on the island which she is now excited to support.
Sea Shepherd has recently organized similar initiatives in the form of the Hurricane Irma and Maria relief campaign and Operation Good Pirates of the Caribbean involving the islands of Curacao, Martinique, Dominica, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Saint Maarten, the British Virgin Islands, St. Barts, and St. Croix.
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