We Need a Comprhensive Environmental Plan - Williams

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 15:15

Opposition spokesman on Land and Environment, Senator Alexander Williams is recognizing World Environment Day, described as the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness of the need of countries to protect the environment.

“We need, as a nation to consume our environment with care”, he said; “and this is the day where we must do something positive to preserve it”.

He noted for instance, the recent fire at the Riverton City Dump that had caused damaged to the air quality in several communities, and subsequent irreparable harm to the health of citizens and the subsequent lack of response or statement from the minister responsible for the Environment. He also pointed to the perceived attempts of a government owned company to mine within the cockpit country, as well as the continued concerns publicly expressed as to how our environmental agencies have been enforcing laws.

He said, “We know, for instance, that, as a nation, we are careless in how we treat, deal with, and dispose of our waste. On many of our streets, raw sewage is allowed to run above ground, sometimes because of the failure to properly maintain our infrastructure”.

He went on to say that there was an urgent need to generate public awareness of the need to protect our environment, and that a comprehensive plan needed to be devised to clean up the environment.

In concluding, Senator Williams stated, “I look forward to seeing if the Minister has in mind any special strategy or plan, which ought to include a review of the effectiveness and scope of the National Resources Conservation Authority, and the National Environment and Planning Agency”.

 

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