the little ones got involved in the campaign.
Imbert, Minister of Works and Transport, described the recent submersion
of part of the Solomon Hochoy Highway as bizarre. Frustrated
motorists steupsed behind the wheel as they crawled along the murky
brown highway-cum-river. Who is to blame for this sad state of affairs?
We are. We fling our empty beverage bottles on the ground. These
bottles eventually choke our waterways, leading to the flash flooding
we have been experiencing lately.
got its chance to make a difference on the weekend when International
Coastal Clean up (ICC) commenced on Saturday at eight beaches in
can help. Since 1986, every third Saturday in September, Ocean Conservancy
co-ordinates an ICC. This is the largest one-day clean up and data
collection event in the world. Last year, more than 378,000 persons
from 76 countries volunteered to pick up trash. They removed more
than six million pounds of debris from over 33,000 miles of shoreline.
weekend, on Saturday, the ICC moves to Tobago.
the message seems to be catching on. Last year, 1,250 volunteers
cleaned up 12 beaches, up from 894 in 2006. They removed over 30,000
pounds of trash. In Plymouth, Tobago, divers retrieved 81.9 pounds
of garbage, including tyres, from ten miles of seabed. Zakiya Uzoma
Wadada, of the Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development
(CNIRD) which co-ordinates the National Planning Committee, indicates
that media coverage has helped to encourage a larger turnout of
2002, T&T has been part of the global effort, initially cleaning
up two or three beaches. In 2008, the Committee is targeting 13
locations. Wadada says this year, the Tobago House of Assembly (THA)
chose additional sites on the island because of a greater need there.
Every year, the Committee tries to encompass a different part of
T&T while maintaining the older sites.
said, We have a plastic bottle menace at this particular point
in time. Ocean Conservancys 2007 report concludes that
in T&T, plastic beverage bottles take the number one spot on
the list of debris items collected. Last year, over 20,000 plastic
beverage bottles were collected locally, almost tripling the number
retrieved in 2004. Styrofoam cups and plates came in second, followed
by bottle caps and lids.
do we deal with this problem? Wadada advocates collaboration between
the state and the private sector to get the bottles out of
the system. This year, bottle recycling companies, Piranha
International and Carib Glass have joined the effort.
stresses, We are past the stage of planning. We need to implement.
We have to do something. It is a crucial matter for small island
states since solid waste management is more important for us than
in a big city. They have more space to play around with. She
sees hope in the Beverage Container Bill which provides incentives
for the recycling and reusing of beverage bottles.
July, at governments consultative talks with stakeholders,
bottle manufacturers requested that the bill include alcohol, wine
and spirit bottles.
to all you green activists, Ocean Conservancy says, You cant
go green unless you live blue. Make a step in the right direction.
On September 27, don some old clothes and help clean our beaches.