Daily Archives: May 29, 2010

Barbados Government announces Environment Month activities – Comic books, t-shirts, walks, but no Environmental Legislation yet

Environment Minister Denis Lowe

Environment Minister Lowe curiously absent from announced schedule

The Government of Barbados is holding several activities to observe Environment Month in June. The full press release can be found at the Barbados Government Information Service website

Here’s the Reader’s Digest version…

Wednesdays June 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010 – Lecture series

The Environment Ministry, in collaboration with the Barbados Institute of Environmental Professionals hosts a four-part lecture series to be held on consecutive Wednesdays, beginning June 2, at the Grande Salle, Central Bank.  The lectures will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Friday June 4, 2010 “Green T-shirt Day”

In observance of World Environment Day, the Ministry of the Environment will be staging an inaugural “Green T-shirt Day”, on Friday, June 4.  School children, and government officers and Barbadians everywhere are being encouraged to wear green t-shirts, green ribbons or green articles of clothing on the day.

Saturday June 5, 2010 – World Environment Day

The National Conservation Commission is sponsoring walks at 11 different routes across the island – each to culminate at various beaches or sites managed by the NCC.

There is no further information published online at the NCC website or anywhere that we found giving times and locations etc.

A recent story at Barbados Free Press announced that the National Conservation Commission and the Future Centre Trust are jointly holding a World Environment Day Parish Walk from the Eric Holder Centre in St Joseph to Bathsheba. Apparently there are 10 more walks being held at the same time.

Will Environment Minster Denis Lowe show up?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 – World Oceans Day

The NCC will be staging an innovative marine simulation event aimed at highlighting the skill and fitness of its lifeguard unit. The exercise, which will take the form of a team competition, will be held at Rockley Beach, Christ Church, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

June 12, 2010 – “Green Readings” on the picturesque south coast Boardwalk.

These will take place on Saturday, June 12 and 19 at 3:30 p.m. each evening.

June 17, 2010 – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

The Ministry of the Environment, in collaboration with its partners, will host an official launch of a Land Degradation Comic Book, which seeks to educate our nation’s children about this important issue.

June 19, 2010 – “Green Readings” on the picturesque south coast Boardwalk.

These will take place on Saturday, June 12 and 19 at 3:30 p.m. each evening.

Other Events

Schools will also play an integral part in the celebrations, when the National Heritage Department and the Environmental Protection Department hosts a series of hikes, 10 K walks and runs from June 17 through 19.

A number of other activities, including plant sales, tree plantings, hikes and beach events will also be staged during the month. A full events calendar will be unveiled in the very near future.

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Jamaican drug gangs, failed sugar economies and cheap worldwide tourism: Globalization has not been kind to the Caribbean

UPDATED: August 31, 2011

Our current article about the Barbados Tourism Authority Deputy Director, Austin Husbands, telling folks to keep quiet about bad beaches and environmental problems reminded one of our readers of this past post.

Thanks to reader “J” and yes, we think this story is worth another read…

Caribbean’s “special privileges” disappearing as our former Colonial masters push “Globalization”

Three of our readers alerted us to a newspaper article by Jorge Heine, co-author (with Ramesh Thakur) of the forthcoming book: The Dark Side of Globalization.

Although Mr. Heine focuses on the Jamaican gang situation to make his current newspaper article topical, he makes some interesting big-picture points – one of which is that our former Caribbean Colonial masters built their countries on our backs and our sugar economy. When the sugar money dried up they gave us, or agreed to, our “freedom” and “independence”. Of course our populations bought into “independence” at the time. Tourism was good and our former masters sweetened the pot with some special agreements to help our economies along.

For a time.

Now that time of “special help and consideration” is over as the new religion of Globalization (or Globalisation) becomes the mantra.

DLP & BLP politicians at work

Sadly, it can rightfully be said that for the most part our own leadership squandered over 40 years of what could have been. The BLP and DLP thought the good times would never end… or perhaps they knew the money would end and that’s why both parties adopted a piggies-at-the-trough style of government when in power.

Over the years Barbados begged for and received hundreds of millions in sugar and other subsidies, grants and forgivable loans from Britain, the USA and the EU. Did we diversify our economy? Did our leaders show fiscal restraint and prioritize spending? Did we build a good foundation of water, sewer and health care infrastructure?

Nope… we had half-a-billion dollar cricket parties while old women still carried water from the standpipe. We ended up hiring unqualified Nigerian nurses because the supply of British and North American nurses wanting to work in the tropical paradise of Barbados dried up when the toilets stopped flushing and surgical gloves became a rare commodity at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Continue reading

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