Crack down on lit­ter­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY TALK -

Teach­ers, guid­ance coun­sel­lors, and po­lice per­son­nel con­sole griev­ing stu­dents at Ja­maica Col­lege on Thurs­day. They were mourn­ing the mur­der of 14-year-old Ni­cholas Fran­cis in a bus rob­bery.

sta­tus may be as­sessed in the first in­stance.

Hand him over be­fore he gets rid of him­self. No. I take that back. He hasn’t the courage to re­move him­self from the face of the Earth as in­sane as he is!

My pro­found sympathy to young Fran­cis’ fam­ily.

ERICA BROWN MAR­RIOTT THE EDITOR, Sir: LACK OF civic pride is, re­gret­tably, very ram­pant in our so­ci­ety. Most Ja­maicans will tell you that they are very proud of their na­tion­al­ity. In­deed, this is seen when we have ath­letic or other so­cial and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. It is not, how­ever, demon­strated in the day-to-day be­hav­iour of a large seg­ment of so­ci­ety. I re­fer specif­i­cally to the ab­so­lute dis­re­gard for the anti-lit­ter law.

Take, for ex­am­ple, what is cur­rently hap­pen­ing along the Pal­isa­does strip. The Govern­ment de­vel­oped the area and pro­vided a beau­ti­ful sec­tion area for jog­ging and walk­ing, as well as benches for per­sons to just sit and en­joy the beauty of the en­vi­ron­ment. On any evening or early morn­ing, if you pass by, you will see ve­hi­cles parked and peo­ple ex­er­cis­ing or just sit­ting and re­lax­ing.

Re­gret­tably, this area is be­ing turned into a garbage dump by in­di­vid­u­als who dis­card left­over food, plas­tic boxes, bot­tles, house­hold items, fish­ing gear, and a myr­iad other types of refuse in plain view.

Ad­di­tion­ally, it would seem that there are per­sons who dump large quan­ti­ties of garbage in the sea it­self, as is ev­i­denced by the garbage that is seen float­ing daily, and some of which clings to the rocks and other in­fra­struc­ture put in place to pre­vent the flood­ing of the road­way. These items are not biodegrad­able, so I shud­der to think of how this is im­pact­ing ma­rine life.


I am ap­peal­ing to the au­thor­i­ties to stem this il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity, which is threat­en­ing the beauty of the en­trance, to air pas­sen­gers, to our beau­ti­ful is­land. While the be­hav­iour of the cul­prits can­not be ex­cused, the au­thor­i­ties them­selves have to share the blame as they should have an­tic­i­pated that some type of garbage-dis­posal fa­cil­ity would be re­quired in the area.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the in­fra­struc­ture is be­gin­ning to fall apart as some of the tiles along the walk­way have been dis­lodged and oth­ers are miss­ing. If some­thing is not done pretty soon, the con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment that has been made will be lit­er­ally washed down the drain or, in this case, into the sea.

I am ap­peal­ing to the Kingston and St An­drew Cor­po­ra­tion and/or the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity, or which­ever agency is re­spon­si­ble for the main­te­nance of this area, to ar­rest this sit­u­a­tion ur­gently.

For there to be any mean­ing­ful devel­op­ment of our coun­try, the Govern­ment must have on­go­ing ini­tia­tives to de­velop so­cial aware­ness and en­sure that when we put in­fra­struc­ture in place, there are plans for reg­u­lar main­te­nance. KAREN GOULBOURNE kgoul­bourne@ya­


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