Perhaps the people of St. Lucia do not realise what a beautiful island they have or perhaps they do not care. St Lucia – simply stunning/the litter – simply disgusting.
Everywhere you look you see plastic bottles, bags and shred of plastic, styrofoam cups, take-out containers and broken sheets, old clothing and shoes, tin cans and tin foil, candy and chip wrappers, rope and fishing nets, metal debris, construction materials and old vehicle parts, just to mention a few.
People dispose of their trash by throwing it out the car window, dropping it on the ground as they walk or wherever they can find a place to dump it, never giving a second thought to what they are doing. This is common practice which has been going on for many years.
A large amount of this material ends up in the drainage ditches and after a heavy rain most of these materials are washed into the sea; calypso in turn washes them onto the beach where it sits amongst the rotting sea moss for everyone to enjoy until the government-paid beach cleaners rake and clean it up.
St Lucians should take pride in their island, treat it with respect and care for it; they do not make islands anymore. The government needs to introduce an anti-litter programm, promote “a clean island” campaign, develop recycling and educate the people. They have done this in Grenada and it is working very well.
If this practice of discarding litter continues St. Lucia will be buried under a huge pile of rubbish. St Lucians will be like rats trying to find their way through it; tourists will stop coming and St. Lucia will no longer be beautiful.
I hope the St. Lucian government will take on an initiative to do something about this problem.
D. Hesse/a tourist