Friday, June 06, 2003 – Whilst the nation’s observance of World
Environment Day has concluded, the battle to conserve and protect the
environment continues. But according to officials from the Sustainable
Development Unit of the Ministry of Physical Development, Environment and
Housing, environmental preservation can only succeed through a conscious effort
on the part of every citizen,
Sustainable Development and Environment Officer Christopher Corbin said that too
often people seem to think environmental issues are only governmental concerns.
“What are we doing to conserve water? What are we doing that is negatively
impacting on our very limited and very fragile water resources? The environment
is no longer the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment or any one
department. Every single person has a role to play now as far as sound
environmental management is concerned,” Corbin said.
The officer emphasised that poor environmental practices have serious
implications for other sectors of the country’s future development, including
Tourism, Manufacturing and Agriculture.
Foremost amongst anti-environmental behaviour that continues to pose problems in
Saint Lucia are littering, poor land and water use and deforestation.