Barbadians are being urged to play their part in protecting the environment from calamities such as climate change.
Minister of Environment and National Beautification Trevor Prescod made the appeal during today’s National Arbor Day celebrations held at the National Botanical Gardens.
Prescod not only wants residents to clean their surroundings but to protect and or plant at least two trees to help the island and by extension the National Conservation Commission (NCC) with its reforestation efforts.
“The preservation of trees and the reforestation is significant to the mitigation of the challenges of climate change. This makes it imperative that we protect our own existence,” said Prescod, whose Ministry recently embarked on the second phase of the National Beautification Clean Up Campaign which saw 42 derelict vehicles removed from the Bonnetts, Brittons Hill, St Michael district.
“This National Beautification Clean Up Campaign is intended to engender a cultural and psychological shift in the way Barbadians view their household space and their communities . . . . Barbados can be the cleanest country in the world . . . it is about a mindset and we can reach it,” he stated.
However, General Manager of the NCC, Keith Neblett told individuals they should be mindful of areas in which they plant trees.
“We must take heed as to where we plant the various tree species ensuring that their root structures do not cause damage to properties. We must ensure that they do not suffer ill health which in turn could also lead to property damage” Neblett said.
Meanwhile the winners of the Primary School Tree Investigation Competition were also awarded during today’s ceremony.
Phoebe Broomes of Half Moon Fort Primary copped first prize in the ages 7-9 category.
Former Lawrence T Gay Memorial student Amani Knight took the top prize in the age 10 category.
Horticulturalist Jeff Chandler was also awarded for his contributions to the industry.