Have a look at these Nation News videos that fairly depict the impact of sargassum seaweed on on beaches, and then ask yourself why our government isn’t calling “ALL HANDS ON DECK!”.
Sometimes I think I’m the crazy one when problems and priorities seem so obvious yet the government does nothing.
A dead sheep dumped in Pine Commercial close to Pine Hill Dairy at the side of the road. Yet, we live in a country that is reluctant to fine illegal dumpers. It is a sad state of affairs.
“I’m guessing a visitor/tourist did this, because No Proud, Industrious Bajan would do this, surely!”
… comment on Keep Barbados Beautiful facebook
“We have to protect our marine environment. We have to address drainage issues and get a sensible environmental levy and put it in place based upon ‘the polluter pays principle’.”
Former PM Owen Arthur talks to Barbados Today
Wuhloss! I couldn’t believe what I was reading in Barbados Today from Owen Arthur – our Prime Minister for 14 years from 1994 to 2008.
Owen Arthur better than anybody knows what a disaster his government and leadership was for the Barbados environment. He and his government’s corruption misappropriated millions upon millions of dollars from the public coffers – money that could have been used to maintain this island’s environment. You know… the environment; the beaches, the reefs, the water, the wetlands and gullies. All those natural areas that make Barbados special and keep the tourists coming to support our national economy.
Prime Minister Arthur could have done so much for the environment during his 14 years in power, but no… Owen Arthur and his government only paid lip service to the foundation of our economy and of our quality of life – which is why I cannot let Owen Arthur get away with his recent outrageously false statements about how much his BLP government achieved in the area of the environment.
Typical roadside wildlife: The not so rare Genus “plasticus baggis trashisus”
The Solid Waste Tax is in effect and I had hoped that what I am experiencing now would not occur. It has now been 3 weeks garbage in my area (Callender Gardens, Christ Church) has not been collected. However just a stone throw away garbage has been collected in Callender Court every week. I cannot fathom the method which which they are operating.
I am wondering when they will collect the garbage since the increase of trash is quite evident daily. Thanks.
(Name withheld by BFP editor)
by Lorraine Ciarallo
The Permaculture Research Institute (CPRI) of Barbados has been in the making since 2012 and I am proud to finally announce that our project has started.
A couple days ago CPRI launched its KickStarter crowdfunding video campaign which I would like to share with you. The purpose of our project is to set up a permaculture school in Barbados to teach, educate and demonstrate through the principles of permaculture how to grow food, repair landscapes & build community. Permaculture is a design science, inspired by nature and guided by ethics. Its purpose is to meet the needs of humanity while benefiting the environment. To this end, it empowers individuals, local communities and the larger public to build sustainable & environmentally friendly:
- Food and Land Systems
- Social and community systems
- Shelter and home systems
- Livelihood and business systems
I hope you will take the time to watch the video. If this campaign is successful, it will help ensure the life of this project, a project which I am committed to for the next 3 years. It is super exciting for me to share it with you and I hope, you find it exciting too! Continue reading
There might be hope yet!
by passin thru
Talk, talk, talk is mostly all you get ’bout this place. I’ve been guilty of it too. “Why doesn’t somebody do something about (fill in problem here)?”
Part of the problem is an attitude of “Guvment do it”, and truth be known Bajans have been told for generations that government is a solution to everything. Didn’t bother to have insurance for that house of yours that burned down? No problem – guvment repair it. Woman has four children by seven different men and can’t find a place to live? No problem – guvment find you a place.
That kind of thing nurtures an expectation of cradle to grave service and problem solving by the government, but we’ve run out of money, and in truth sometimes guvment isn’t much good for anything practical.
Now look here in the Advocate and there’s some children cleaning up Silver Sands Beach – for Bajans and for the tourists. Lions Club prey on unsightly seaweed, issue rally cry
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Thank you to Ranica Worrell, Akera Walcott, Denico Trotman and Bryan Haynes!
Could we do this every three months country wide?
Think about that. Our beaches could once again be the best in the world.
Leaders, please step forward. I’ll give four mornings a year on a national clean-up.
How about you?
(Thanks to the Barbados Advocate for the picture.)
Sign the petition today!
We the residents of and visitors to Barbados do not want to see billboards on the ABC Highway. We respectfully insist that any current or future proposal to erect billboards on the ABC Highway must be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment to evaluate the negative impacts on road safety, nearby property values, hurricane preparedness, scenic environment and tourism.
Sign the petition HERE
Thanks to an old friend for the tip.