In celebration of International Earth Day yesterday, the Urban Development Commission (UDC) embarked on a cleaning up of the Careenage in Bridgetown today.
Under the theme It’s Our Turn to Lead, the commission also facilitated 40 students from the Bay Primary School on a tour of some historic sites in The City.
Afterwards the students witnessed the staff of the UDC removing litter from the Careenage as they were reminded of the importance of keeping their environment clean.
The activities formed a part of the UDC’s annual Earth Day celebrations.
Chairman of the UDC’s activities committee Leon Chase explained that this year they included the three-year-old market day for micro and small entrepreneurs to showcase their products on the Chamberlain Bridge in the City in the activities.
He said the emphasis was on encouraging Barbadians to support local products and keeping their surroundings clean.
“There has been a lot of debris coming down from the different communities into the Careenage and the garbage leaves here and goes to St Lucia. We are trying to prevent that,” said Chase, who appealed to Barbadians to stop littering and use the bins provided.
“A lot of people believe that we are only about building houses or tenantry roads but we are about community [improvements] and this is one of the things we have been pushing this year,” he added.
Chase said the first time they did the clean up they collected about 28 bags of garbage.
“Looking at the rainfall that we had this morning we believe the eastern side of the Careenage will be heavy with garbage because when the rain falls it comes down from the communities . . . and washes right into the Careenage,” said Chase.
The clean up took place from the area adjacent to the River van stand to the end of the boardwalk in The City.
Member of the UDC’s activities committee Cheerie-Ann Broomes said the agency decided to include the Class 3 students from the Bay Primary School in the day’s activities because they believed the children could play a major role in educating their parents about the importance of keeping the island clean.
“We basically wanted to start with the youth . . . . If we start with the younger ones, then it could filter up to the adults. That is why we started with the children,” she said.
“Today we want them to see the clean up of the Careenage,” said Broomes.
“Since today is International Earth Day we want them to know the importance of keeping the environment clean. So we invited them to do a tour of Bridgetown and then they [were] able to see a clean up of the Careenage,” said Broomes.
The tour was led by historian Trevor Marshall.
The children had the opportunity to see and learn a little bit more about the island’s history as they took a tour of Golden Square, where a bust of national hero Clement Payne is located, and Independence Square, where there is a statue of national hero and the first Prime Minister of Barbados Errol Barrow is situated.
They also learned a little bit about the Parliament as they made their way to the Church Village Green then back to the Careenage where they witnessed the cleaning up exercise.