[www.inewsguyana.com] – As President David Granger participated in a National Tree Planting Day exercise, in Bartica, Region Seven, he called on residents of the community to take the lead role in making Guyana a country with a green economy.
The President made the call at a simple ceremony, which was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and which was held at the Bartica Community Centre Ground.
As the President announced that National Tree Planting Day will become an annual event, he told the large gathering that he wants Bartica to be a model town for not only Guyana but for the world at large.
“It must also be a model town; for the environment, for ecology, energy. We want to work with NGOs [Non-Governmental Organisations], miners, the RDC [Regional Democratic Council], and private citizens to make sure that this revolution does not falter, so we can show the world what we mean by a green economy,” the President said.
The entire green economy plan, the President explained, forms part of his administration’s overall plan for the long-term development of Guyana. “This green economy as you’ve already heard is aimed at your long-term wellbeing. It will reduce social inequalities and it will promote sustainable environmental practices,” he added.
However, moving forward with this plan, the President said his government will adopt five strategies. This includes the promotion of the sustainable exploitation of the country’s natural resources. Reminding residents of the OMAI Gold Mines toxic spill 20 years ago in north-central Guyana, the President called on residents to be the ‘watchdogs’ for their environment. Reference was also made to the creation of the Sovereign Wealth Fund, which will ensure that wealth from today’s economic activities are preserved for posterity.
The second strategy the Head of State outlined is the establishment of a good solid waste programme. “You have to ensure that solid waste is carefully disposed of and I hope that [soon] we will be able to introduce recycling practices,” he added.
Thirdly, it is also part of the government’s plan to promote sustainable energy, by introducing, solar farms, wind and hydroelectricity. “Much of the energy we are using can be generated by sustainable means; by sun, water, biogas and wind. So let us promote the sustainable energy initiatives,” the President said.
Speaking of the last two strategies, the President said all efforts must be made to promote the ecological integrity of our forests and develop and implement green technologies. “I want you to promote sound ecological practices, by encouraging the growth and replanting of the forest,” President Granger told the gathering.
Meanwhile, as the President congratulated the Ministry of agriculture for their work, he thanked the Barticians for taking up the challenge in leading the way to make Guyana a green country. “We have come here today to congratulate you on your role as leaders but also to thank you for accepting this responsibility. I will come back to see how well you are leading, so you have a responsibility to all of Guyana,” he said. [MOTP]