The Future Centre Trust (FCT) continues to be a willing advocate on matters related to the environment. It has assumed growing importance in a climate where Barbadians have shown themselves not to be sensitive to issues which pertain to the environment.
BU applauds the FCT for taking a lead role educating Barbadians on the topical issue of a secret company in the name of Cahill Energy allowed to enter a questionable agreement with government.
The FCT wrote to Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment & Drainage in 1 July 2013 when the Waste to Energy Facility was first whispered in Barbados. As far as BU is aware the government has not responded to what we all agree is the leading Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Barbados with a mandate to focus on educating Barbadians about the environment.
Last week the FCT held a very a successful Town Hall to promote concerns about the building of a plasma gasification plant in Barbados. The concerns being given voice by the FCT is about the use of a technology still at a nascent stage of development AND the lack of transparency about the proposed arrangement between the government and Cahill Energy.
In response to the FCT Town Hall, BU is bold to suggest, Cahill Energy will hold an Open House (Town Hall) on the 22 July 2015 at the Lloyd Erskine Sanidiford Centre. BU anticipates a good public response to the meeting and this is in large measure the result of the work of the FCT raising public awareness about the plasma gasification project.
In response to the 700 million Waste-to-Energy plant at Vacluse the Facebook Group Bajans Against 700 million Waste-to-Energy Plant unveiled its alternative to plasma gasification waste management approach by launching the Zero Waste Barbados movement. The Group has advised the public to wear something green at the Open House scheduled for Wednesday night to send the message of NO to CAHILL and PLASMA GASIFICATIO and YES to ZERO WASTE and 100% Solar/Wind Hybrid system with lithium battery storage.
The Facebook Group launched a logo for the occasion represented by the colours promoted in the #4 of the 10-steps to Zero Waste. The white represents the need for clean air in communities while the Black represents the pollution from fossils fuels all around us, The focus by the Group is to remove the black pollution from global space.