An open letter to Chief Justice Simmons
We beg to differ regarding your piece about David Simmons and the Environmental Conference he is attending. We agree wholeheartedly with your message that Barbados has fallen down badly in providing the legal tools to keep environmental degradation in check with the result that no one is doing much about it. But it cannot be a bad thing for a former senior minister in the BLP government to learn and listen and then spread the message when he returns home.
That we are hell bound to wreck our environment is certain. That there are developers everywhere seeking to pave paradise and put up a (you name it); that there are bureaucrats and politicians willing to look the other way for personal gain while they or their insider and corporate friends run environmentally amok; that people on this island have and will suffer health and economic consequences from the pollution, that our grandchildren will be deprived of the beauty of parks, growing fields, playgrounds, animals and plants which are being sacrificed to the almighty buck, these are all sure things if we don’t change our ways.
Our hope is that our Chief Justice, as a forward thinking man, will return home hell bent on making it his legacy that the environmental issues in Barbados must be given high priority before it is too late. The new British Prime Minister, Mr. Brown, yesterday told the United Nations that the developed countries have lost their way in solving environmental and humanitarian issues that will directly impact on millions of millions of people over the next ten years. His speech should be studied as a metaphor for what is happening here in Barbados. Either we embark on the solution or suffocate by ignoring it.
David Simmons, citizen of Barbados, you have two options…
You can arrive back from the Caymans and pat yourself and your mates in cabinet on the back for a ‘job well done’ , or speak out and speak the truth and stay on this important topic until it is fixed.
Your old buddies’ banks accounts may suffer but our grandchildren will thank you.
A group of concerned Bajans who will support a strong willed spokesman who wants to save Barbados from itself.
BFP note (the eight names have been removed at their request because of concern re consequences if Chief Justice Simmons decides they are ‘out of line’)