Daily Archives: July 5, 2009

Barbados In 2025: More Cars, More Roads – Or Light Rail Transit, Fewer Private Vehicles?

Our Current Failed Vision Of Barbados Transportation, Society and Daily Life

barbados trafficIf you think our roads are crowded now, if you think that your time spent getting to and from work or school is unreasonable, if you think our quality of life and environment in Barbados is heading for the suckwell – just close your eyes and picture how Barbados will look after another ten or fifteen years of continuing to implement the same transportation “solution” of more cars, more roads, wider roads and ever more cars.

Is that where you want to see Barbados in the year 2025?

Unless we get some vision and leadership around this place, that is exactly where Barbados is headed. Continue reading

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Barbados 4H Tree Planting – Volunteer Efforts Much Appreciated – Money Wisely Spent

Barbados 4H Trees

Well done to the 4H folks and Mr. Everton Hunte!

Hundreds of children from the 4H movement are involved in the growing of seedlings and planting of trees in an effort to beautify and stabilize coastal areas in Barbados. On Saturday 4H children planted over 1200 trees on the East Coast where the soil had been slipping in part due to the lack of plant roots and cover.

As reported in the local media, the project cost $30,000 – or about $25 per tree, which sounds like an excellent return on the investment if even half the young trees make it through the first few years. (See The Barbados Advocate article Green Coast)

The major benefit from the exercise though might be what the children learn about working together for the common good – and that ordinary people can make huge changes in the environment and the landscape.

While we’re not privy about which people were the driving force behind this project, from the accounts in the papers Mr. Everton Hunte, Chairman of the Barbados 4H Foundation, is obviously providing the kind of leadership that inspires everyone to do their part.

Should We Put Everton Hunte & 4H In Charge Of Saving the West Coast Beaches and Fixing The Sluice Gate at Graeme Hall Mangrove Wetlands?

Can the West Coast beaches and the Graeme Hall Mangrove Wetlands be saved with the help of the 4H Movement?

Rock Groins Destroying Barbados West Coast

Rock Groins Destroying Barbados West Coast

Three Rock Groins Benefit One Condo While Destroying An Entire Coastline At Mullins Bay, Barbados

With all the ongoing erosion on the west coast, some of it no doubt probably related to climate change, government should have never given approval for three groins at St. Peter’s Bay. To put it mildly – it was a monumental environmental mistake (if indeed it was a mistake and nothing even more sinsiter). To continue to ignore the problem (where is the Minister of the Environment who promised to visit the area two weeks ago) will in the very short term mean kissing goodbye to Mullins Beach itself and tourism in the area – not to mention the total devastation and havoc it would visit on the local and adjoining communities…

… from Mullins Bay Blog article Educate Yourself On The Mullins Bay Area Issues

Graeme Hall Wetlands To Be Developed By DLP Campaign Funder CLICO & Leroy Paris

Graeme Hall Wetlands To Be Developed By DLP Campaign Funder CLICO & Leroy Paris

The Broken Sluice Gate That Is Killing The Graeme Hall Mangrove Wetlands

Despite formal Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary offers to government to help with Worthing Beach sluice gate operations over the years, almost nothing has been done, resulting in significant environmental degradation at the Sanctuary.

“We experience massive fluctuations of water levels because the sluice gate is not operating.  This has contributed to increasingly unhealthy wetland waterbodies, including fish kills and mosquito infestations.  After nearly 15 years, mismanagement of the sluice gate and the elimination of traditional tidal flows into the wetland continues. Since August 2006, due to the inoperative sluice gate, the Ministry of Public Works controls water levels in Graeme Hall Swamp using a backhoe to add or remove sand fill in the sluice gate channel.”

… from Graeme Hall Sanctuary “New Plans To Develop Most Of Graeme Hall Lands Will Kill Wetlands & Migratory Bird Site”

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