Castries, Saint Lucia, February 4, 2016 – Sustainable Development Minister Sen. Hon. Dr James Fletcher has called on all citizens to urgently employ better garbage and waste disposal practices.
Dr Fletcher who issued this clarion call at the first post COP21 community meeting in Soufriere , says the indiscriminate dumping of waste in rivers, drains and in various other places around the island is exacerbating the already serious risks posed by climate change.
The Minister says action is required at all levels of society to address the country`s litter problem as an important climate change adaptation measure.
Indiscriminate dumping of garbage contaminates water sources, creates a breeding ground for vetor borneseases in addition to clogging drains making conditions conducive for flooding.
Already scientists have predicted water scarcity, more frequent and higher intensity strom events like floods and an increase in vector borne illnesses as a result of changing climatic conditions. Littering threatens to worsen this already bad forecast.
While personal responsibility is critical, the Government of Saint Lucia will also be implementing legislation to help curb the problem. Dr Fletcher disclosed of top priority is the enactment of recycling laws which will place a value on some garbage items.
However he stresses of paramount importance is the need for citizens to genuinely appreciate proper waste disposal for the greater health of the environment and mankind.