Future Centre Trust with 2 Town Hall Meetings – Re: Cahill Energy of Guernsey & Freundel Stuart Regime

In 2014 the Future Centre Trust learned Cahill Energy of Guernsey signed an agreement with the Government of Barbados (GoB) which in effect will create a Waste to Energy plant in Barbados. We are told that by 2017, after employing 650 construction workers and injecting much needed cash into our economy through the construction of the plant, that it will be open for business to generate as much as 25% of Barbados’ electricity needs. But at what cost? What are the risks? What will be the environmental impact?

In a country which is so highly dependent on imports, the Trust believes - Barbadians need to be making better use of the 3Rs first. Green waste should be mulched and composted for farmers and householders to use to rebuild the nutrients in the soil. Furthermore, seventy percent of household waste can be separated and recycled and sold to foreign countries, creating foreign exchange or used locally. This includes plastics, metals, glass, paper, cardboard, vegetable oil, some food waste and some construction waste.

In a country which is so highly dependent on imports, the Trust believes – Barbadians need to be making better use of the 3Rs first. Green waste should be mulched and composted for farmers and householders to use to rebuild the nutrients in the soil. Furthermore, seventy percent of household waste can be separated and recycled and sold to foreign countries, creating foreign exchange or used locally. This includes plastics, metals, glass, paper, cardboard, vegetable oil, some food waste and some construction waste.

The Future Centre Trust wrote to the GoB and expressed their concerns however it is apparent the Freundel Stuart regime ignored it this project seems to be progressing. The Trust feels that the people of Barbados deserve to be well informed about the risks and concerns surrounding such a project and therefore have invited an expert in this field Professor Paul Connett to educate the wider public and hopefully be able to engage representatives of GoB in talks on this matter.

As far as he’s concerned – there’s a 4th “R” which is redesign… Everyone should come out and hear Paul Connett, PhD who’s the former Director of Work on Waste, USA (1990-2000), current director of the American Environmental Health Studies Project (AEHSP), and author of The Zero Waste Solution (Chelsea Green, 2013).

All Barbadians are invited to either or both of 2 Town Hall Meetings where Prof. Connett will review Cahill’s proposal:

§ Monday 13th July, 7 pm at Lester Vaughn Secondary School

§ Tuesday 14th July, 7pm at St James Parish Church

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