May 8, 2024

Press Release: National Trust hosts intimate screening of “Saving the Blues”

Date: 8th May 2024
National Trust hosts intimate screening of “Saving the Blues”

Members of the National Trust hosted an intimate screening this week of ‘Saving the Blues’ a film produced by the Cayman Islands Government Office in the UK, and which first aired during London Climate Action Week 2023. A small group of 50 invited guests, who were also able to sample Blue Iguana gin cocktails during the evening, which included Her Excellency Governor Jane Owen, Deputy Premier Andre Ebanks and Minister of Sustainability and Climate Resiliency Katherine Ebanks-Wilks.

“Saving the Blues” chronicles the inspiring journey of Fred Burton, a young British Scientist, who dedicated himself to the monumental task of saving the blue iguana, a virtually prehistoric creature endemic to Grand Cayman. The documentary highlights the critical conservation efforts led by Fred Burton, the Department of Environment, and the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, which resulted in the recovery of the blue iguana species from critically endangered to endangered status. Presented by Dr Tasha Ebanks Garcia, Representative to the UK for the Cayman Islands and featuring interviews with Fred Burton, team members from the Blue Iguana Conservation Facility, and global thought leaders, the film underscores the importance of preserving planetary species from a biodiversity perspective.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Ian Redmond OBE, a distinguished wildlife biologist and conservationist, who is currently on island attending screenings of the film and visiting schools. With over 45 years of experience in wildlife conservation, Ian is renowned for his work with great apes and elephants, spanning research, filming, tourism, and conservation advocacy. His impactful contributions to environmental conservation have earned him international recognition and respect.

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Photo 1: Peter and Patricia Cunningham, Andre Ebanks, Katherine Ebanks-Wilks, Ian Redmond, Melanie Carmichael

Photo 2: Fred Burton, HE Gov Jane Owen, Ian Redmond