Ocean protection gets musical support in Jamaica

It’s great for our music. And it’s good for our ocean. What’s not to love?

The Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys’ School) has just announced a creative new collaboration with the Ghetto Youths Foundation and Lonely Whale. The three organizations have partnered to provide a scholarship to a young Jamaican musician. Fourth-year saxophone player Andrew Taylor will receive free tuition, vocational and academic training and full social support at Alpha.

There is another exciting aspect to the partnership. Through Lonely Whale’s “Ocean Heroes” internship, Andrew will use his skills to create public service announcements for the radio about ocean health. This could not be more timely with the release this week of a UN Special Report, pointing to the profound impact of climate change on our oceans.

The Lonely Whale Scholarship, funded by the Ghetto Youths Foundation, was the idea of US-based environmental activist Kertia Dacosta Marley. The non-profit Lonely Whale encourages projects that benefit ocean health. Ghetto Youths Foundation, founded by Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley, is dedicated to social change and equity, helping those who live in at-risk communities.

“The students can be the leaders we expect them to be.”

— Kertia Marley

There’s plenty to love about this combination.

“The students can be the leaders we expect them to be,” says Kertia Marley. Executive Director of the Alpha Institute, Sister Susan Frazer is equally excited about the partnership. She says it will support the training of Alpha students in music and the latest technology – and help share the values of environmental protection “to the Alpha community and all of Jamaica.”

How is Kingston’s Ocean Hero getting started? Throughout September, he is documenting his personal use of single-use plastic. He will use his findings to create messages for radio broadcast – on Alpha’s own radio station and across Jamaica.

So, go to http://alphaboysschool.org/oceanhero/ to see how Andrew is progressing so far!