We like it so!

What do Paul Duff, Terence Browett, John Walmark, Joe Schuler, Marcus Clarke, Geoffrey Padgham, Sam Burns, Bill Kent, Peter Quinlan and Alex Currie have in common?

They have all been visitors to Barbados who have been expressing disappointment at the dirty way we keep our little island. By writing letters to the editor – and signing their names – they have been telling us how dirty and untidy we are.

The latest visitor we’ve let down, Alex Currie, wrote this week: “I constantly hear members of the BTMI (Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.) preaching about “The Barbados Brand”. Is the picture of trash-laden streets, food containers and beverage cans the Barbados brand?”

Gentlemen, we like it so; we are comfortable with litter; it is part of our landscape. We don’t even notice it. Haven’t you noticed how we step over and around it on our sidewalks?

If you had looked a little closer, you would have seen the larvae of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the plastic cups and bags and the styrofoam food containers we toss at the roadside and into the gutters. I’m glad you returned home before those larvae became adults to extract some of your blood in exchange for dengue or chikungunya
or zika.

When a sizeable number of folk like you stop coming, our Barbados tourism authorities will mount a campaign to woo you back.
We will board planes (the Minister will likely go first-class, as usual) and fly around your country with a 30-member retinue of officials, cultural ambassadors, fire-eaters, stilt-walkers, calypsonians, limbo dancers and a green monkey, and beg you to come back to “Beautiful Barbados, our island in the sun”.

How many more visitors will it take to warn us that we are rapidly destroying our environment and with it, our economy?

A few years ago, a former United Nations Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan flattered us with a comment that “Barbados punches above its weight”. No one thought of asking him: “How much do we weigh?”

Source: Carl Moore

16 Responses to We like it so!

  1. jrsmith March 3, 2017 at 10:36 am

    That was flattering by the (Secretary – General ) but today we cant even throw or know how to punch…….

  2. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson March 3, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Nothing will happen until the visitors stop coming or some one catches a disease and has to be flown home,the writing is on the wall,will some one show the Tourist board and the cleansing Dept.

    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor March 3, 2017 at 11:29 am

      I believe Charity begins at home the tourist second our taxes paid is to used to help keep the sanitation department functional and I also think fines for deliberately littering is agreeable.I will add here I saw garbage like this on a visit to NY , so it’s not only here.Everyone needs to do their part.WE Don’t Like It so.

    • Gavin Dawson
      Gavin Dawson March 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Mazie Taylor I totally agree with your comment, this is common around most places,yes we pay taxes to keep the sanitation Dept: functional but where is this money going? Because the dept that is suppose to be giving a service is down to about 5% of cleaning if that. As for fining the culprits who drop litter well that is almost impossible unless an on the spot fine is given, plus they have to be caught in the act.it would be nice for tourists to say how clean and tidy Barbados is/ was when they visited and spent their holiday here,so thanks to the Charity that helps with tidying of Barbados at least they can say “We cleaned that”. But this cleansing Dept: needs to get it’s act together, without equipment the staff are limited to what they can do, hence all the piles of rubbish and litter.

    • Gavin Dawson
      Gavin Dawson March 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Maria Leclair Dasilva i did not say a garbage problem all over the world,also I never said ANYTHING about New York, Bajans do not compare themselves with other countries, they may wish that they could have things like other countries, there are lots of things they like or wish for but true Bajans very very rare compare. Also a lot of countries or places wish they could have what Barbados has,But in your eyes it would be comparing. So also you look after your own mess .

  3. Shurf De
    Shurf De March 3, 2017 at 10:51 am

    People needs to be fine for littering and a heavy fine, same way as helmet and seat belts

  4. Tony Webster March 3, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Two years back, I asked my sister Babs ( married and living in Vanada) : How did your how’d best -friend how she had enjoyed her much-anticipated Caribbean cruise, which included this beautiful island paradise?

    Babs response was factual, shameful, and shocking.
    Her friend “X”, had indeed asked the very question, and had received this verbatim answer:-

    “Babs, the place was so dirty, I will never go back there again. Litter and garbage everywhere. Mosquitoes laughing at “OFF” Bins and skips overflowing. We walked to and from the Port ( BTW, Canadians love waking), and on walking back to the ship later in the afternoon, rats were everywhere. We are not coming

    I was deeply ashamed….and I guess that she “vented” to others besides my sister. Yes, it was my sis who persuaded her friend to take thrip. No prizes for how my sister felt.

  5. Lennox hewitt March 3, 2017 at 11:29 am

    But i c tourist pelt things the taxi car n van window more dan once last year i c that myself .just few weeks ago i see a boy like 13 or 14 years he finish the drink then drop the bottle his sister make him pick it up .

  6. BaJan boy March 3, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Sadly this seems deliberate as certain people in powerful positions have started their own garbage pick up and will obviously want to justify the contracts to private enterprises including their’s…

  7. Sweetpea Banfield
    Sweetpea Banfield March 3, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    It is nonsence u telling me no garbage trucks bout de place , and nuff garbage bout de place to pick up if u all dont have enough staff and trucks buy some and hirer people

  8. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner March 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Things might change now that tourist complaining but Bajans got to stop being so friggin dirty and disgusting.And stupid friggin politicians and big wigs got to start arresting and prosecuting these dirty people because all the hot air talk they like to spew is definitely not working.

  9. jrsmith March 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    All what is happening in Barbados our politicians only do what is necessary ,in the interest of some people and do nothing for the interest of the people..
    Our politicians seems to have been elected to bring barbados to its knees, because they are standing in the way of progress doing nothing……….

  10. Mia Allone
    Mia Allone March 3, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    simple matter of supplying skips and bins in adequate numbers and clearing them on a regular basis

  11. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson March 3, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    place to dam nasty and people dont seem to care right around the black rock esso mart by uwi bus shelter needs a litter bin.the business place flash zone creating alot of garbage and litter every day no one seems to care

  12. Jim Webster March 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    A few months ago I submitted a few pictures and comments to Barbados Today about the garbage situation, in Bridgetown. https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/01/03/city-of-shame/

    Subsequently, rather than just raise the issue, a few of us, from Worthing Beach, decided we needed to try to improve the situation by cleaning up a bunch of litter, opposite Trimark and adjacent to the First Caribbean Bank in Worthing. We even placed a garbage container at the site so that there was no excuse to litter. This worked for almost two weeks until the garbage can was removed. Unfortunately, things are back to there pre-clean-up condition. Once again people just drop their litter behind the wall.

    This is not just a government problem. They cannot clean up everywhere: there are not the financial or manpower resources. The sanitary workers, in Barbados, are quite amazing. They pick up everything. Barbados should be so lucky to have them working on their behalf.

    After the clean-up we took a real interest in what was happening: people were often using garbage containers but, because there were no lids, dogs, birds and rats were in the containers; often there aren’t enough containers for the amount of garbage and because there is litter then both tourists and locals feel that is the norm so they litter even more.

    This is more than a government problem, it required education, enforcements and most of all an attitude change towards litter and garbage. It has to change worldwide or we’ll all be consumed by plastic.

  13. Tony Webster March 4, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    @Jim Webster: I wish that next time you’re here Jim, you might have time to chat with some folks who would benefit from either (a)hearing/ seeing you speak ,( like school kids) or (b) Adult kids, or (c) watching you DO these things, and saying….nothing. Yes, we’ve got free-to-air TV too!
    I only know one James Garfield Webster, and he’s one heckuva (sorry Donald) guy!!!


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