Take climate change & sustainable development seriously

Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage takes this opportunity to thank you for your interest and support during 2013 and extends very best wishes for 2014.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica. We trust that the tragic events of this Christmas season gone will help our region and its citizens to take the issue of climate change and the matter of sustainable development seriously.

Concern for the protection of the environment and heritage is not about being anti-development or anti-foreign investment. It is about protecting the very basis of our existence, our environment.

There are processes and procedures that are short-circuited by our ill-advised/ill-informed decision-makers because of myopic political expediency or other considerations.

In Grenada we are currently witnessing:




*Carriacou: The destruction of mangrove in the Tyrell Bay Area which is part of the Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area, a clear violation of MPA regulations. Among the impacts of this action will be the increased vulnerability of the coastal areas to extreme events such as storm surges. Anecdotal evidence already suggests encroachment by the sea

*Grand Anse: Clearing of the area in the vicinity of the old Silver Sands Hotel site to facilitate a 5-star resort. This action is contrary to the recommendations of the Tourism Master Plan and Policy of 1997 which has unambiguously stated that the area should remain intact for the protection of the Grand Anse Beach.

As the recent examples in our neighbouring islands and further afield – demonstrate clearly, it is ALWAYS the citizens, in particular the most VULNERABLE, who bear the consequences of these decisions which are often made in their name and for their benefit.

For 2014, the Citizens in Defence of Grenada’s Lands and Heritage encourages EVERYONE to seek to understand the issues and GET INVOLVED in the debate and make their voices count.

 

Sandra Ferguson

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