Celebrate World Environment Day by asking: Where is the promised Environmental Protection Act?

Why worry about chemical spills when you have champagne and pate?

Dear Current and Past Environment Ministers: Why didn’t you pass an Environmental Protection Act in the last 20 years?

After four and a half years of Democratic Labour Party government, Barbados still lacks an Environmental Protection Act. Of course the DLP has a ways to go to equal the record of Owen Arthur and the Barbados Labour Party – who couldn’t pass an Environmental Protection Act in 14 years in power.

Our Environment Ministers are pretty good at champagne and pate parties, but not so good at passing and enforcing laws that would regulate the use and disposal of toxic chemicals. Heck, Liz Thompson took the champagne and pate thing all the way to a position with the United Nations – and she never passed an Environmental Protection Act either.

Why not take advantage of the invitation from the Bellairs Research Institute and the Government to Celebrate World Environment Day with some of the very politicians who couldn’t pass Environmental Protection Legislation in a combined 20 years of DLP and BLP governments? You can ask Dr. Lowe and other government people when they will be bringing in the promised legislation.

So-Called “Clean-Up” By Shell Oil In Barbados. We have no Environmental Protection Act so why should Shell care?

Perhaps some SOL or Shell representatives will be there too and you can ask them when Bajans can expect to stop pulling up buckets of jet fuel from water wells on the southern coast.

Here’s your invitation to the party, ‘refreshments’ (YES!) and a movie!

You are Invited to Celebrate World Environment Day!

Join us Tuesday, 5th June 2012
at Bellairs Research Institute, Folkestone, St. James
5:00 – 7:00pm

World Environment Day – 2012  is being hosted by Bellairs Research Institute and the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, Government of Barbados.  We have scheduled some intriguing and entertaining activities for the evening – as well as some refreshments for your delight.

You are invited to:

“Paint Your Pledge, Plant Your Pledge or Purchase Your Pledge”.

Afterwards the Future Centre Trust will be screening a free film at Bellairs called, “One Day on Earth”.  You can find-out more about this interesting film by checking http://www.onedayonearth.org on the internet.

As a celebrant of World Environment Day, you affirm your commitment to the community and our planet. For further details please contact Kashia Whitehead, Coordinator, at enquiries@bellairs-mcgill.org or telephone 422-2087.

We look forward to seeing you!
Sincerely,

Jill Parlee
&
Susan Mahon
Academic and Managing Director
Bellairs Research Institute of McGill University

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4 responses to “Celebrate World Environment Day by asking: Where is the promised Environmental Protection Act?

  1. KNRX

    This is what I found in my neck of the woods yesterday – http://mullinsbay.blogspot.com/2012/06/trouble-in-cholery.html

  2. Nostradamus

    Check The Barbados Advocate of today’s date June 5, 2012 page 13. Full page full colour ad by Natural Heritage Department (NHD). All about “Forest Biodiversity” and extolling it’s benefits etc etc. Mostly a copy and paste job except for 3 or 4 paragraphs.

    Maybe the writer (presumably someone from NHD?) should be informed that contrary to his/her comment that ” Only Barbados’ northeast corridor demonstrated “green” in the landscape” there in another green space on the South Coast ( the last remaining one) which is also clearly visible on any flight to Barbados. It’s a mangrove forest at Graeme Hall and already designated a Natural Heritage Conservation Area (NHCA) and so presumably would be the responsibility of NHD.

    Can anyone at NHD tell us what their management strategy is for the Graeme Hall NHCA?
    If NHD does have a strategy are you presently managing or providing any oversight to the stakeholders of the Graeme Hall NHCA?
    Does NHD agree that a functioning sluice gate is vital and integral to the proper management and health of the mangrove forest and wetland? The sluice gate has not functioned in over 10 years. Does NHD have any plan to repair or replace it?

  3. Tudor

    NHD has no plan about maintaining anything, another Govt dept run by a totally inept person. Graeme Hall is an example of how Govt – 2 of them – can frustrate and prevent private sector from assisting them.
    Dennis Lowe is incapable of doing anything and Liz was too lazy to get anything done. No Bajan Govt is interested in Conservation nor Agriculture.

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