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?
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
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.”