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Environment Day pappyshow

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sorry to say, but all the fanfare in celebrating World Environment Day is nothing but a pappyshow.

If T&T parliamentarians were serious about our environment they won’t still be debating the Beverage Containers Bill after all these years. If those in authority were serious we won’t still be complaining about the lack of enforcement of litter laws!

Let’s face it, T&T is a nasty place and has nothing to be proud of because we have failed on most counts to preserve and protect our delicate twin-island environment.

On just about every street corner and in every drain, river, and shoreline you can find piles of discarded plastic bottles, plastic knives, forks and spoons, styrofoam containers, straws, cups, and fast food boxes. Not even derelict vehicles, household appliances, and computers are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Do they know that in the next decade global consumption of plastic products is set to double? So unless we learn how to manage our use of plastics we are literally going to drown in it.

So choose properly and decline the plastic bag and styrofoam container where possible. Don’t invite the cashier to place a plastic fork or spoon when you can easily use your own knife and fork in the office or at home. Don’t buy disposable single-use water bottles. Travel with your own multiple use cup or bottle when you can. Make it your goal to clean and maintain our once beautiful country and only then should we celebrate World Environment Day.

STEVEN VALDEZ
Westmoorings

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