Jam Cruise 6 was carbon neutral! For the third year in a row, Jam Cruise included carbon-offsetting options for passengers. With proceeds from the auction, passenger donations and financial support from Cloud 9 Adventures, Jam Cruise 6 offset 100% of the emissions from the five-day cruise. We worked together with Trees, Water & People to achieve this feat. TWP is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that helps communities start self-sufficient tree nurseries responsible for the planting of 2.1 million trees. The other program that JC6 supported has helped TWP build 23,000 fuel-efficient stoves that use 75% less wood than conventional methods. TWP’s international programs have been recognized nationally and internationally, receiving the Ashden Award for Renewable Energy.
Proceeds from the auction on Jam Cruise 6 supported our carbon offsetting efforts. Thank you to all the folks who donated items for the auction and to those who bid on items. A special thanks to LEBO for donating a live Jam Cruise 6 painting. Proceeds from LEBO’s painting as used to purchase a much needed copy machine for the Roatan Children’s Fund school.
After the beach clean up, we delivered school supplies to the Cozumel Chrysalis Group and donated $450 to NUAFA’s Women’s Shelter (Nucleo de Apoya Familiar – means Heart of Family Support). Not long after our visit we received these words of thanks from NUAFA: “…the cash donation was used for a significant facility improvement…to have new iron gates made, painted and installed on the patio which is the entrance to NUAFA. The gates provide greater security for the children in daycare and also secure the property to prevent loss of assets. This is the first time that NUAFA has had a way to lock the facility! New gates have been needed for a very long time but the organization didn’t have the resources to replace the old rickety ones. THANKS again for all your time and effort invested in coordinating activities to benefit Cozumel!”
In Cozumel, 30 Jam Cruise passengers and artists cleaned up 1,000 pounds of trash in just over an hour on a beach about two miles away from our port. It was a fun and rewarding experience for all.
We made an additional gift to the Roatan Children’s Fund of a high quality copy machine. The copy machine was purchased with the proceeds that were generated by auctioning off one of LEBO’s live JC6 paintings. The thank you note we received from RCF’s Executive Director highlights just how important this donation was to them: “It’s hard to understand how a school with over 620 students has actually operated for so long without a copier. Your generous donation will now forever change the way this school will be able to operate. The teachers will now be able to pass out home work and tests to the students. The administration will have the ability to send notes and announcements home to parents. The principal will have a way to get information out to all the teachers. We take all these simple things for granted (in the USA) but this school has not been able to afford this type of communication. I want you to know how much your gift will help the Arnaldo Auld School and all the children for years and years to come.“
In partnership with Conscious Alliance we coordinated a extremely successful school supplies drive. JC6 passengers generously donated two pallets of much needed school supplies which went directly to children’s charities in Roatan and Cozumel. In addition, Conscious Alliance donated 1000 pounds of Pangea Organics soap to the Roatan Children’s Fund and Trojan donated 3,000 condoms which we delivered to the AIDS Prevention Program in Roatan.
While we were delivering supplies in Roatan we stopped by the Majken Broby Children’s Home where 14 JC6 artists played a joyful set of acoustic music for the children who live at the orphanage. This event positively touched the lives of not only the children but also of those of us lucky enough to be present.
Proceeds from the auction conducted on Jam Cruise 4 in 2006, were donated to our greening partner Rock the Earth. Rock the Earth is a not-for-profit, national public interest environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the world-wide environmental community.
To offset carbon emissions from Jam Cruise 4 in 2006 and from passenger travel to and from Fort Lauderdale, Jam Cruise formed a partnership with Trees for the Future to plant trees in the region we traveled through. CO2 (carbon dioxide) is produced from burning fossil fuels; trees absorb CO2 and produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Planting trees is the most cost-effective way to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. Donations from Cloud 9 and Jam Cruise 4 passengers allowed Trees for the Future to plant 52,000 trees in Jamaica and the Yucatan Peninsula! These trees will continue to do their job of reducing CO2 in the global atmosphere for many years to come! We left a positive legacy in the Caribbean by making Jam Cruise 4 “carbon neutral.”
We received some heart-warming news about one of the solar ovens we donated on Jam Cruise 7. This one made it’s way to Chacchoben, which is a two-thousand year old pueblo in the jungle in Costa Maya. The recipient is a 90-year-old man who has lived in the pueblo all his life. We received some photos which captured how emotional he was when the oven was presented to him. And another, which showed what he used to cook with daily until receiving the new solar oven. The images were priceless, and made it very apparent that changing lives is our greatest reward!
While in Costa Maya, nearly 100 Jam Cruise passengers joined the green team and 50 children from the Limones Primary School, along with local residents, community leaders and business owners to clean up a stretch of beach just a few miles from the port. In less than an hour the group picked up approximately 1 ton of trash! After the clean up, participants joined our new friends in Costa Maya for a day at the beach, presented the Jam Cruise donations to several local schools, frolicked in the ocean, played beach soccer and enjoying each other’s company and a delicious meal. This event demonstrates that being stewards to the earth is not only the right thing to do, but it brings people together and can be a lot of fun!