BOCAS GREEN INTERVIEW : UNIDOS POR BOCAS

UNIDOS POR BOCAS: interview : Sterling Hopman

Bocas del Toro es un archipiélago en desarrollo, aislado, por el momento, de la contaminación
industrial. Nos queda mucho por hacer para que nuestras islas se conviertan en un paraíso ecológico, estamos trabajando en eso. Podrá descubrir en cada edición una entrevista con uno de los actores «verde» de Bocas.

Bocas del Toro is an archipelago in development, isolated, for the moment, from industrial pollution. We still have a lot to do to make our islands an ecological paradise, but we are working on that. You will discover in each edition an interview with one of the «green» actors of Bocas.

¿Puede usted describir el proyecto Unidos por Bocas?
Unidos Por Bocas, es una comunidad que enfoca en ideas creativas que ponen en práctica para los proyectos que van a mejor nuestra comunidad..
Juntos podemos lograr grandes cosas. Unidos Por Bocas comenzó porque puse el post siguiente en el Foro Abierto en 2016:
« Realmente aprecio a Bocas y lo que Bocas me ha dado durante los años. (…) Aquellos de usted que quiere ofrecerse o tener cualquier sugerencia en la creación del
grupo por favor contacta mí … »

¿Cuál era la vuelta de la comunidad de Bocas?
Tenemos 100 cubos de la basura colocados en las ubicaciónes estratégicas alrededor de la Ciudad de Bocas y hemos levantado anadditional$10,000 para ir hacia otra basura proyectos relacionados y programas.

¿Sabía usted alcanzar tanto a bocatorenos como a expatriados?
Alcanzamos a los bocatorenos y exacaricia por Facebook, palabra de boca y Bocas TV.

¿Cómo fue recibida su acción dentro del municipio?
El Alcade y uno de sus consejeros superiores con regularidad asisten nuestras reuniones.

¿Cuáles son sus proyectos y expectativas?
Hay tanto espaciopara la mejora de Bocas y queremos ver Bocas limpia. Esperamos crear más conciencia alrededor de la disposición apropiada y la protección de nuestros recursos naturales preciosos.

English interview

Can you describe the Unidos for Bocas project?
Unidos Por Bocas started because I put the following post in The Bocas Open Forum on August 10 2016:
I really appreciate Bocas and what Bocas has given me over the years. It is such a beautiful place but has so much more potential. I have an idea to make it even a better place. There are a lot of people in Bocas who have good hearts and want to make Bocas a better place. There are a lot of people that tell me that they have great ideas on how to improve life on the island or how to help people in need and they are almost always great ideas. There are also people who say that they want to donate stuff or their time to make Bocas a better place. Often in both cases the people with good intentions don’t have the opportunity to help out becuase they don’t know how to put their ideas into action or others don’t know where to donate their time or things. So that’s where my idea comes in. I’m looking for a group of about 6 people including myself who are willing to get together at least twice per month to come up with ideas on how we can help out to make Bocas a better place. These volunteers have to also be willing to spend a little time to put our ideas into action. Things like getting donations to the people that need them most or organizing and taking part in clean ups or organizing fundraisers or setting up dropboxes for donations or helping people who want to donate their time find organizations looking for volunteers etc…… Talking to friends about this idea I have already heard lots of good easy ideas to discuss. I’m only looking for serious people who really want to make a difference. I work full time and I know that many of you do too but  I think that without too much of our own time we can make a big difference. If there are more than 10 people willing to volunteer we can create two groups or more. I think that over 6 people in a group may become disorganized in discussions. Those of you who want to volunteer or have any suggestions on creating the group please msg me. Also if anyone doesn’t have the time to volunteer but has good ideas please let me know as well. Thank you all.

What was the return of the Bocas community?
We have 100 trash cans placed in strategic location around  Bocas Town and have raised anadditional $10,000 to go toward other trash related projects and programs.

Did you know how to reach both locals and expatriates?
We reach the locals and expats through Facebook, word of mouth and and Bocas TV.

How was your action received within the municipality?
The Major and one of his top advisors regularly attend our meetings.

What are your plans and expectations?
There is so much room for improvement in Bocas and we want to see a cleaner Bocas. We are hoping to create more awareness around proper disposal and protecting our precious natural resources.

Contacto: www.facebook.com/unidosporbocas

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