We are committed to working for the preservation and
protection of our environment. Are you in with us? Over the next few months,
Guardian Media viewers of CNC3 Television, readers of the Guardian, and
listeners of the TBC Network can expect our team of dedicated cross media
journalists to mirror the state of our environment in a multi-media series.
No one can call the environment soft news anymore. Not after the reminders
small island States like us hear repeatedly of climate change, rising
waters, coastal erosion and other forms of degradation. As an oil-based
economy, we are witnessing the ongoing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico,
which is spilling tens of millions of gallons of oil, killing 11, injuring
dozens. Further, Trinidad and Tobago has been exposed as having among the
tenth highest per capita carbon emission in the world.
Guardian Media has always been a partner in the development
of Trinidad and Tobago. We pride ourselves not just being the voice of the
people, but also an agent of change, using our powerful multi-media voice to
educate and inform and campaign on vital social and economic issues. In this
context, Guardian Media has undertaken to support and when and where
appropriate, partner with the government, environmental agencies,
Non-Government Organisations, Community-Based Organisations, and individuals
advocating for greater “green” awareness. In particular, we welcome the
Government’s clean-up and beautify campaign, which starts Sunday. We endorse
the project and urge national participation.
Press Secretary Garvin Nicholas has confirmed that the exercise involves
First, there is cleaning and clearing major water courses,
secondly, a municipal level clean-up, including bulk disposal, followed by
the final stage of beautification. The Guardian Media sincerely hopes this
is the beginning of a wider and larger commitment by the government toward a
sustainable environmental programme that will include recycling and stricter
enforcement of environmental laws. In tomorrow’s edition of the Guardian we
will bring you a bird’s eye view on the state of our environment from Dr
Joth Singh, Chief Executive Officer of Environmental Management Authority.
On Sunday, we bring you commentary from a senior environmental engineer. As
the weeks roll on, you will see images that are haunting and hurting our
population. They include the badly polluted Gulf of Paria and islands in the
Bocas, littered and defaced landscape, clogged and ruined water courses and
You will see oceans of plastic and bottles, filth and
garbage on the beaches. You will get a get a look at the graphic state of
the Trinidad and Tobago environment. We will bring you analyses from the
experts on how the cutting and burning of forests on our slopes have
exacerbated flooding in our urban centres and clogged up our rivers and
drains. We will show you how solid waste destroys our mangrove and wetlands.
We will partner with relevant agencies to begin the necessary and long road
toward recycling our bottles and plastic.
We are dedicating the entire edition of today’s CNC3 Early
Morning Show to the environment. The Morning Panchayat on 106.1 FM would
also feature interviews and analyses on the subject. We invite you to
partner with us in this crucial on-going exercise. Email your comments,
photographs of both the degradation and the beauty of our environment to the
following email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org. In partnering
with you, the Guardian Media believes we can all work toward protecting and
upkeeping our environment.
Let’s all work at saving T&T.