A clean country

Here is a question for you. What is the one thing that is needed to make Barbados a better place? I have been recently posing that question. What is your thought?

I am suggesting that we stop littering. Can you imagine the positive feeling, the lift, the joy we would each experience if we had a clean country?

No more bags, rags, containers, dead animals strewn across our landscape. No more primary, secondary or tertiary level age students dropping empties as they go; no more vendors’ waste left for “somebody else to clean up”, no more tossing things out windows, doors or from vehicles simply because each of us now fully recognises that “you can no longer throw it away”.

What a country we would have. But what penalties would we need to be successful?

Another person noted that customer service is in serious decline and we shan’t be better until we can fix the problem now evident in too many aspects of our daily life.

Still one more voted that “we get back to God”. Although I agree that prayers are what have probably kept Barbados on an even keel despite the devastating economic circumstances, too many people may just “believe and leave”.

By that I mean they may believe in the blood and name of Jesus and leave it to Him. Yet the Father gave us free will choice and that to me means that we also have a role to play in shaping our own lives as well as the path of the country.

So what to do? Well, we have had consultations ad nauseam with mostly “top-down” suggestions. There are many ways to have a “bottom-up” input. One such way may be from the constituency level. We have 30 of them with each having at least two possible groups of people.

Have well advertised meetings at which each will seek to agree on no more than two suggestions as to how we can move Barbados forward. At the end of that two-month period each political party will hold a joint meeting of constituency representatives — possibly two each — to determine no more than three suggestions.

It may end up as three, each related to different segments like education, tourism, etc. These would be sifted and amalgamated, as appropriate.

Finally, to agree on three things we need to do first, a final three-hour meeting with one representative from each party and each constituency. We may end up with three tables of three actions each but at least we will have a “blue print”.

So what’s your suggestion?

— Michael Rudder

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