SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 2: Recycled plastic bottles are seen at the San Francisco Recycling Center March 2, 2005 in San Francisco, California. Bottled water is the single largest growth area among all beverages, more than doubling over the last decade. Only about 12 percent of plastic bottles, mostly water, were recycled in 2003, according to industry consultant R.W. Beck, Inc. Since most bottled water is consumed away from home where recycling isn't an option, an estimated 40 million bottles a day go into the trash or become litter. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Saint Lucia’s Green Party is urging respect for the environment as countries prepare to observe World Environment Day on June 5.

In a statement Monday, the Green Party has asked all Saint Lucians who ‘love Fair Helen, our Beautiful Island Home,’ to take some time to reflect how their lifestyles and purchasing habits impact on the environment.

‘Science has proved conclusively that climate change has been directly associated with the impact of humans living on the planet. How we eat, how we transport ourselves, how we build, how we consumer are all having an impact of the Earth’s environment,’ the organisation noted.

‘Too often the onus of tackling environmental issues are placed on Governments while we, the people have the power to make the real changes needed if we act as a conscious collective.  The Green Party is asking Saint Lucians to make a commitment tomorrow to start taking a greater responsibility when it comes to the way we treat the environment,’ the statement said.

The Green Party appealed to the business community to also play a greater role as well, by exercising a greater social cooperate responsibility and do what is necessary to ensure that the packaging, containers and bottles that house the products that they sell, are taken care of in an ‘environmentally prudent manner’ after use.

‘We are asking our people to start taking certain steps that will help this untenable situation, such as rejecting the purchase and use of single use plastics, stopping the purchasing of drinks in plastic bottles, bringing your own shopping bags to the grocery, reducing the use of agrochemicals and chemical based fertilizers in food crop production, starting  carpooling, composting, reducing the consumption of imported foods.’

According to the Green Party, these are just a few actions that can be taken by all in an attempt to keep ‘Fair Helen beautiful forever.’

“Remember that we did not inherit this planet from our parents, we are borrowing it from our children,” the party observed.


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