Minister of the Environment Liz Thompson made some excellent points last Wednesday evening while addressing the annual meeting of the Barbados National Trust (BNT website here).
Here are some of the Minister's statements as taken from a Nation News article (link)…
"In the redevelopment of Bridgetown, there has been an unwarranted influx of new designs, which reeks of 'architectural uglification'…"
"(There is a conflict in Barbados between tradition, culture and custom) and the mimicry and adoption of cultural expression, building practices, language and behaviour which are more reflective of developed countries…"
"(Barbados had lost much of its cultural heritage) by the elimination of many true icons…"
"We have, especially amongst younger generations, relegated cou-cou, flying fish and pone to the back-burner in preference of foreign fast food."
…Barbados Minister of The Environment Elizabeth Thompson, speaking at Barbados National Trust annual meeting.
Minister Thompson is saying what many of us are thinking – our history and culture are slipping away faster and faster every day. Some will say that merely talking does not solve this crisis in culture, and that is true. But it is also true that identification of any problem must be the first step.
In our rush to modernize our small island, we as individuals and as a country, must not forget where we come from.
Give Liz full marks for her speech.
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