Mon | Dec 18, 2017

Time for culture shift on garbage

Published:Tuesday | November 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It seems ironic that on the heels of the prime minister announcing the much anticipated 'definition' of the boundaries which were to encompass the Cockpit Country, the city in closest vicinity to this geographic area experiences what can only be described as flooding on the scale of biblical proportions.

There can be no doubt that the flooding and subsequent damage resulting from what has been characterised as four hours of heavy rainfall will leave an indelible impression upon the lives and, indeed, pocketbooks of Montegonians for some time to come.

We would do well to embark upon a campaign of socialisation wherein every citizen is made aware of the importance of environmental upkeep, rehabilitation and protection. It is all good and well for us to launch petitions and demand that an area of rich biodiversity such as the Cockpit Country be protected, but we must now seek to protect all of our environmental habitat as best as we can.

It is not too late to begin a cultural revolution on garbage collection and removal so as to address this imbalance. We must begin with our children and teach them how to properly dispose of waste matter, for it is well known that drains and gullies, like the ones that overflowed in Montego Bay, do not block themselves.

NOEL MATHERSON

noelmatherson@gmail.com