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Smoke chokes development

Published:Friday | March 20, 2015 | 12:01 AM


Have we given any thought, how much this country has suffered and lost from the near-annual fires at the Riverton dump? These fires don't start themselves. The people who set them are selfish. They obviously don't love themselves, their children or the wider society. Why do they do it? For financial gain? To create room to dump more garbage?

The suffering that we have experienced will continue if this situation is not properly mitigated. The losses in many cases are irreversible. The smoke from the latest fire may have only affected a few parishes, however, it has had a crippling effect on the nation.

According to the national development plan, Vision 2030, the aim is to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business. We won't achieve any of this if we keep facing this situation every year. How can we persuade our people to believe in Vision 2030 when there seems to be no resolve to fix this problem?

In the midst of asthmatic flare-ups, burning eyes, dry coughs and strange-coloured mucus, I remain resolute. We have a collective responsibility to protect and conserve Jamaica, land we love.

Sanishi Bryson-Brown