All over the world some strange occurrences are being witnessed in the environment, in many instances with contradicting explanations. Barbados has been under attack by a species of Sargassum Seaweed for nearly 3 months and the authorities seem impotent to mobilize a response. If it was not a serious matter it would be funny. Isn’t tourism our business any longer?
Recent reports indicate that “mercury emissions are rising globally, largely from coal-fired power stations, waste incinerators, and the mining of gold and silver in developing countries — where millions are affected directly through mining or contaminated food. Exposure to the most toxic form, methyl mercury, found in seafood, can result in permanent brain damage. The UN is working on setting up a legally binding instrument on mercury emissions”. In Barbados we import a lot of salmon.
Barbadians are a passive lot when it comes to matters of the environment. It is a ‘we don’t give a damn mentality’. One wonders if this talk about greening the economy is to be taken seriously. Suppose we must though, we have established a ministry of the environment. Former minister of the environment Elizabeth Thompson was in the news today (25/8/2011) wagging her finger at Barbados of the need to advance plans to transform to a green economy. Failing which, accessing development financing in the future from the international lending institutions may dry up.
Barbados aspire to be first world, we boast of being the number one developing country but can we honestly lay claim? How many Barbadians are aware of the Detox Campaign which was recently waged against Puma and Nike? Now the environmentalists of elsewhere have turned their attention to Adidas. It appears “product testing results reveal chemicals on certain clothing from top international brands, which like a smoking gun, places them at the scene of the toxic river pollution scandal we are campaigning to stop”.
The question which some people ask is whether the earth has the capacity to purge itself. Let us hope so for the sake of mankind.