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more Jamaicans must get involved in the field of sustainable development

Published:Saturday | December 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM
File Canute Fagan

CANUTE FAGAN, one of five persons

to have been awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Scholarship for the Caribbean in Sustainable Development, is urging more Jamaicans to get involved in the field of sustainable development.

"Jamaica is pretty young as it relates to looking at sustainability, and even in our education, there is not much of that," he told The Gleaner, stressing the need for more persons to be educated in this area.

"Efforts have been made to teach sustainability courses to students in various teachers' colleges and universities. It's pretty young, so anyone right now who is interested in the field should participate. They have the world of opportunity to help grow and build Jamaica," Fagan added.

Environmental concerns

He further argued that environmental concerns are huge when taking sustainable development into consideration.

"If you look at our coastline, a lot of work is being done now to preserve it, especially when you have things like the Goat Islands debate. There are many environmental issues, but many people need to be more aware of the impact and what it takes to correct certain problems," Fagan stated.

"We have also been losing our mangroves because of pollution, and these are serious issues that are not just limited to Jamaica. It's a Caribbean issue and we have been trying to find solutions."

Fagan also spoke to the link between sustainability and the economy and stated that all the areas of sustainable development were important because "that's where the world is going".

"If we are not heading in that direction, then we are going to be left behind. Whatever we do has to be sustainable - every decision made in every field, whether education, civil society or business," he said.

Fagan is currently the dean of discipline at Calabar High School. He was awarded the scholarship in September 2014 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in sustainable development at the London South Bank University in England. He is doing the residential programme in Jamaica.