UPDATED: September 2, 2011
Here we are on September 2, 2011 – some 26 years and 8 months since our BLP & DLP governments first promised to pass a comprehensive Environmental Protection Act.
It has been well over a year since Sue Springer, Executive VP of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) asked the DLP and the BLP where their promised Environmental Act went to – and still we have no action.
Nothing has changed. Liz Thompson just rolled into town to talk about the environment and gave us more of the same fine words we’ve heard for almost three decades. At the same meeting, Keith Franklin, Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office said “Environmental issues are taking a toll on the development of the world’s societies and economies and must be discussed and tackled at several levels.”
No kidding? Really? Gosh, we’d never had known!
Nothing but words. Words is all we get from these people. No action. No Environmental Protection Act.
To all our Environment Ministers, past and present, we give a hearty “Thanks for nothing.”
Original article first published May 13, 2010…
“My understanding is that it is coming up now to nearly 15 to 20 years that we are waiting on a new Environmental Act for Barbados. What message does that send?”
… Sue Springer, Executive VP of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) in the Barbados Advocate Protect environment to protect tourism sector.
Citizens getting tired of the same old BS promises from successive Barbados Governments
According to our research and community memory, Bajans were first promised an Environmental Protection Act in 1985 under Tom Adams when Aaron Truss was the BLP Government’s Minister of the Environment. Nothing more was heard about the legislation, and Tom Adams died a few months after the promise. (Some remember that Aaron Truss was once arrested for smuggling slot machines into Barbados as “used cash registers” – chuckle -)
In 1991 the new DLP Environment Minister, Warwick Franklin, promised a “Clean Environment Law”. Nothing happened and no draft was ever seen.
In 1995 newly elected BLP Prime Minister Owen S. Arthur promised to make the environment a priority. Late in 1996 as the true extent of the disastrous Shell Oil pipeline leak started to become known, Arthur went on the record and promised “Environmental legislation, controls and standards”. Continue reading