Don't give up Cockpit Country to bauxite bigwigs
THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is not a coincidence that farmers and communities, particularly in the western part of Jamaica, are crying out for what has become a dwindling supply of quality groundwater.
Six of our major rivers have their sources in the Cockpit Country, which has already experienced the degradation of some bauxite mining. To have a healthy sustainable water supply for our growing tourism and agricultural
sectors, we need to leave untouched our main aquifers in the Cockpit Country by the mining of bauxite.
When the bauxite multinationals, having raped our land and seriously destroyed our environment, move on, they will simply relocate to the next greedy developing country, to rape and destroy yet another natural environment. The Jamaican people will be left without clean air and water and depleted soil not fit even to graze animals.
We have a choice: We can have bauxite mining OR a sustainable water supply - NOT BOTH. The short-term revenue from bauxite cannot cover the cost of the permanent environmental damage to Jamaica.