Submitted by Anthony Davis
Members of the public are being encouraged to wear green this Friday in celebration of World Environment Day, which falls on Sunday, June 5. Schoolchildren, Government officers and all citizens are encouraged to wear green T-shirts, green ribbons or green articles of clothing on Friday. “This will also form part of the Ministry of the Environment and Drainage’s activities to mark Environment Month, 2016, themed Living Sustainability is …Celebrating 50 years of Environmental Stewardship. “Environmental Education Officer Donna King-Brathwaite says all those who wear green on World Environment Day ‘will be demonstrating their commitment to environmental stewardship – Barbados TODAY dated 30 May, 2016
Please tell me, Mrs. King-Brathwaite, do we still have a Minister of the Environment?
If so, where is he, and what is he doing?
Is it possible that he has been removed by some black ops?
That’s the way things are done these days – clandestinely.
This invitation to wear green sounds very hollow as it seems that the Minister of the Environment has gone AWOL. The last time I heard anything from him is when he said that he hasn’t seen any garbage in Bridgetown. I however surmise that he was in his high-end vehicle which is being paid for by the taxpayers – wearing sunglasses with the windows rolled up – when he passed through!
I’m not delusional therefore I cannot take part in such an exercise.
There are diesel vehicles spewing so many particulates into the environment daily that they are surely contributing to the rise in CNDs in our country. These particulates go directly into the lungs, because they are minute. People are still burning all kinds of garbage at will with scant regard for their neighbours, or anyone who is passing through. Some people who suffer from asthma or some other lung problem are then at risk, but the ones burning the garbage couldn’t care less. This also contributes to the rise in the number of CNDs in Barbados.
There are also some who drive around with music blaring, and those who drive around with modified exhaust pipes, pretending that they are Lewis Hamilton. All of this contributes to the rise in CNDs – not only what we eat, and whether we exercise or not.
Green isn’t my favourite colour, and I won’t be buying any band to show that I love the environment, because nothing is being done about its sad state in Barbados. I’m an environmentalist, but I’ll only join such action if and when the relative legislation is passed to protect it.
The CEO of Sandals butchered the environment in Christ Church, and Dr. Watson is the only prominent person who objected to it. I don’t remember hearing any objections from the Minister of the Environment.
We were promised such legislation since last year, but it has turned out to be nothing but long talk.
Are we again seeing black ops re the issuing of the contract to the person who is to collect the garbage in this country?
It seems that Massa day isn’t finished yet!
Everything seems to be going to a select few!
What’s this about “Celebrating 50 years of Environmental Stewardship”?
Are you insinuating that as far back as 1966 there was environmental awareness in Barbados, when there isn’t much of it up to this day with people dumping everything in our gullies?
I’m tired and fed up with all of these fair weather promises!