Ministry of the Environment gives semblance of responsibility – MOE offers fiscal sop to Green Business Barbados, GBB needs to hold MOE on Graeme Hall
While The Bajan Reporter is glad that the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has suddenly rose from the dead, like a George Romero reject, to appear as though its assisting the Future Centre Trust’s Green Business Barbados – one can only hope the Trust will join with right thinking Bajans and DEMAND better treatment for Graeme Hall and not allow this “incentive” to be a gob-stop in the mouth of the Trust’s conscience…
Here’s the latest misdirection from the MOE and how the trust seems to be reacting so far;-
The Green Business Barbados programme created by the Future Centre Trust has now been officially supported and sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage through the Community Environmental Organization Grant Fund. This sponsorship arose through an application for funding that the Future Centre Trust submitted in October 2009 to the Ministry of Environment, Water Resources and Drainage.
The funding presentation took place at Harrison’s Cave the new local icon for sustainable tourism development on Wednesday the 5th of May. The deputy permanent secretary Mrs. Gayle Francis-Vaughn for the Ministry of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage addressed the grantees and on behalf of the Ministry stating that partnerships with community organizations really do work to propel the sustainability of our community forward into the 21st century. The innovative, environmentally focused projects help to engage the community and address its needs through these grass roots “bottom up” initiatives.
The Green Business Barbados programme falls within the community-based climate adaptation and renewable energy categories for the grants. This project seeks to engage the business community by offering an option for them to go green by implementing change within their business/organization within five key areas; waste reduction & recycling, energy conservation & renewable energy, water conservation, pollution control & management and environmental education.
The inception of the project was initiated by members of the Future Centre Trust who saw the need for this type of project here in Barbados. In addition the coordinator for the project Ms. Lani Edghill was approached by integral members of the business community (British High Commission & Business Barbados) who were interested in becoming partners to this initiative and was able to report on the interest and potential need of the community for this type of project. Support from the business community also made this project possible and as a result the launch of the project occurred on March 22nd 2010 and is now available to the public.
TBR once more – while it is pleasant that MOE is starting to do what it should have done all along, one can only hope the Trust will use this moment as a vantage point to press for more responsibility towards the glaring inactivity on the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary – Government may feel it won’t be held to ransom, but what about acknowledging their duties? Or will they uphold the lack of vision as espoused by Owen S. Arthur?