LETTER TO THE EDITOR – St. Lucia is perhaps the most beautiful island in the Caribbean and is a country which has so much to offer for tourists who travel from all around the world to enjoy this splendor. The people of St Lucia also enjoy all the natural majesty this island offers; it truly is their most valuable asset.
The people of St. Lucia are friendly, warm and caring people; unfortunately they do not understand the importance of caring for their island. There is litter and trash everywhere; you see it along the highways, in empty fields, on the streets, in the gutters, in the drainage ditches or rivers, and eventually, out to the sea or ocean where it is tossed back onto our wonderful beaches, creating a horrible and unsightly mess.
This is especially noticeable after a large storm such as what we just experienced; all this water drains down to the sea or ocean with large amounts of debris and trash arriving on the beaches.
All this debris and trash plugs drainage systems making it difficult or impossible for the water to drain away thus causing flooding and very dangerous situations for everyone.
Some might say it is the government’s problem and yes the government should provide education to the people of St. Lucia about the need to reduce litter, as well as to advertise the need for us to keep our island clean. They should also encourage a recycling programme for the island, such as what they have on Martinique.
The reality though is the people of St. Lucia are to be blamed for all this litter and trash. Rather than throwing litter and trash all over the place, everyone need to take that one extra step and place it into a garbage container where it can be disposed of properly. If there are no containers, then install them or take your litter to a location where there is one. As last resort you can even take the garbage home and dispose of it.
Everyone is responsible for eliminating this immoral, unthoughtful and disrespectful practice of littering. By reducing and preventing this practice, our island would be stunning for St Lucian’s and visitors alike.