The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados.
Today is Clean Up Barbados Day.
Hundreds of Barbadians were on the beaches and in the gullies cleaning up garbage which has been indiscriminately dumped or made its way across the island by the vagaries of the wind and rain.
Yesterday’s floods and the seasonal drainage problems sparked an online debate about keeping Barbados clean, fines for littering and taking pride in our environment.
Here are some of the comments online readers made as they debated the issue.
Caroline Clarke: People need to clean their surroundings, clear the drains and stop littering. You mean every year you are going to sing the same song – all the plastic bags, PET pep bottles, foam food boxes, plastic plates and anything else they feel like.
Timothy Johnson: People are complaining about nothing being done to the drainage system, I believe the problem is us as citizens. Instead of dropping that plastic bottle or that snack bag, how about finding a garbage can?
Andria HaveAgoodheart P-a: This lil 2x4 island surrounded by sea, we need proper island wide drainage to channel all or most of this water out to sea though!
Mei Ling Bayley: Drainage systems need to be in place and then make sure no garbage is clogging the drainage!
Michael Oneal: Who's going to blame the government for this?
Conscious Ras Quintyne: Engineers have to take some responsibility as well.
Brigitte Adams: Every year so, and nothing ever done to correct it when it’s dry. If we have a real down pour for days what is going to happen to these people and the cost of damage?
Princess Tiny Neferua: Why can’t people who dump any kind of garbage be made to pay a fine on the spot?
Peter Jan Boos: We need to clean up our act and punish those who persist in littering.