With support from our non-profit partners Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) and Trees, Water & People, Positive Legacy and Jam Cruise passengers led the charge in seeding 6,000 citrus trees, thus launching a 10,000 seedling nursery at SOIL’s rural compost site in Limonade, Haiti. Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People have partnered to offset Jam Cruise passenger’s carbon footprint since Jam Cruise 6, a collaboration that has netted tens of thousands of trees planted and hundreds of clean cookstoves built. JC10 represented the most ambitious carbon offsetting effort to date, as the establishment of this nursery will lead to a healthier environment, stable livelihoods, and increasing tree cover in Northern Haiti for years to come.
Jam Cruise partners with Trees, Water & People (TWP), a non-profit organization that manages award-winning carbon offsetting programs throughout Central America. Throughout Central America, more than 80% of families cook their meals over open wood fires. These open wood fires create serious problems:
Smoke from these fires is a major cause of acute respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tuberculosis, and eye diseases;
Inefficient open wood fires require a great deal of fuel, contributing to deforestation;
Open-fire cooking stoves, because they require a great deal of wood, release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
To combat these problems, TWP and the Aprovecho Research Center have developed several types of fuel-efficient stoves that use up to 70% less wood than traditional open fire stoves. The technology behind the stoves is simple and very low-maintenance, and the stoves can be manufactured locally, using local materials, and adapted to meet local cooking customs.
Jam Cruise offsets more than 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions though TWP’s stove program. However, this offset does not include the emissions created by passengers traveling to and from Fort Lauderdale. Last year, more than 600 passengers offest their carbon making Clould 9 and the Jam Cruise passengers one of TWP’s largest carbon offset partners!
You can purchase carbon offsets during embarkation and on board at Greening Headquarters from Greening and TWP staff. Each passenger that offset’s their personal travel will receive a ticket to the Greening Celebration featuring Matt Butler & the Everyone Orchestra.
Upon doing a needs assessment in 2009, the Positive Legacy team learned that the South East Saint Ann Constituency in Jamaica had a dream to start a marching band in their community…but they couldn’t afford the instruments. In partnership with Music Matters (www.musicmatters101.com), a music education company based in Atlanta, Georgia, Cloud 9 Adventures donated a full set of instruments needed to realize the dream. Thank you to Music Matters for making this possible!
Over 140 passengers and artists on Jam Cruise 8 in early 2010, joined the Positive Legacy team on Grand Cayman for a day of education, music and fun in the sun to benefit REEF – the Reef Environmental Education Foundation. Participants learned of REEF’s efforts to protect threatened grouper spawning habitat and eradicate the invasive lionfish species, and what divers, snorkelers, and fish consumers can do to aid in those efforts. And while the ocean was too dangerous to snorkel or scuba that day, all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of ocean side sunshine listening to musical performances by Ryan Montbleau, Hot Buttered Rum (Aaron Redner, Bryan Horne, Erik Yates, Nat Keefe), Tim and Nicki Bluhm (Mother Hips), and Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth). Thanks to all who participated in this benefit event!
More than 100 passengers and musicians visited the Rural Retreat Community Center in Claremont, Jamaica for a day of celebration on Jam Cruise 8 in early 2010. Nearly $25,000 worth of goods were donated including musical instruments to start a marching band, a commercial weed whacker to keep the soccer fields mowed, soccer uniforms and cleats for several teams, school supplies and back packs, laptop computers with wireless cards to start a community computer lab, tables and chairs to outfit the community center, and the list goes on. Our warmest heartfelt thanks to LEBO, who painted an enlivening mural for all to see on the wall of the Center; Toubab Krewe and special guests who played a set and jammed with the locals; Ice Cream Man for trekking into the hills to give away free ice cream to all the children; and last but not least, the Jam Cruise passengers who contributed along with all of the members of the community in Jamaica who made this day so beautiful!
Many families in Jamaica struggle to afford the basic necessities, much less luxuries such as school supplies. Approximately 200 Jam Cruise 8 passengers donated school supplies to the South East Saint Ann Civic Committee in early 2010, for distribution to the children in their district. Thank you for your generosity!
The green team worked with Padres de Familia Kinder in Km 55, a school in Costa Maya, Mexico devastated by Hurricane Dean, to make much needed repairs to their facility. Following the hurricane in 2007, all that remained of the school was a simple cinderblock structure with incomplete plywood walls and a tar paper roof, offering students little to no protection from wind and rain. Cloud 9 sent $1420 to the kinder one month before visiting Costa Maya, allowing them to purchase construction materials for the needed repairs. While on the ship, passengers who became aware of the repair project matched that donation with an additional $1440 to help the kinder continue renovations.
Thank you to the 7 passengers on Jam Cruise 8 in early 2010 who donated their used laptops to the Rural Retreat Community Center in Jamaica. And a special thank you to Matt Whildin for installing them with fresh operating systems and wireless network cards. Rural Retreat is thrilled to now be able to establish a computer learning program for the people in their community!