Cher­ish this rock for it is yours

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Opinion - – EL­IZ­A­BETH MILLER

To the chil­dren and young peo­ple of Bar­ba­dos:

This let­ter comes to you from a Bar­ba­dian who now lives in Canada by choice for more than 42 years. I have had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence liv­ing and work­ing across Canada, the United States and In­done­sia. I have trav­elled ex­ten­sively and I can tell you that your is­land home is unique.

Where do you see Bar­ba­dos in 2030 and in the dis­tant fu­ture? Sir Grant­ley Adams had a vi­sion and so did Na­tional Hero Er­rol Bar­row.

Re­mem­ber, you are a Bar­ba­dian first and a cit­i­zen of the Caribbean sec­ond. You must own Bar­ba­dos; it is yours.

Look around and think. Why do peo­ple want to buy land and in­vest in Bar­ba­dos? There must be a rea­son. Keep­ing their money safe and grow­ing their money is why. You must keep your money safe too! Save money and buy land.

Put garbage in garbage bins, re­cy­cle as much as pos­si­ble, pro­tect the coast­line, save wa­ter in wa­ter tanks; do not let it just ”run off” and, most of all, plant fruit and non-fruit trees and veg­eta­bles.

Do not al­low words like colo­nial­ism to jus­tify why you can­not make a dif­fer­ence. Colo­nial­ism was a past sys­tem of cap­i­tal­ism. Know what hap­pened in the past but do not get hung up on it; do­ing so will rob you of your op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Prej­u­dice is an in­nate part of the hu­man con­di­tion. Ig­nore it. Be proud. Re­mem­ber, Pride And In­dus­try.

(FP)

Al­lan Eve­lyn

(FP)

An­drew By­noe

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