Who will stand up for the voiceless?
People complain and wonder why the country is being overrun by crime. They scorn the vagrants wandering aimlessly in the streets and comment on the dilapidated historical buildings. Garbage is strewn haphazardly in the streets, on beaches, and eventually form dismal piles in drains. All this and we do nothing. We have no pride in our country.
Yesterday, I must say was a sad day and I wonder how many of my Trini people felt the same. The front page of the Express showed an innocent river otter stuck, trapped as a result of our incessant need for convenience. It seems as though protected animals have no protectors, they have no chance especially when the paving of a highway is more important than their lives. Unfortunately the plight of this lugubrious otter is not the first and will not be the last example of the problem.
One day we will run out of natural gas and oil and may need to depend on tourism. By then all the turtles and otters would have been illegally poached or killed off as a result of pollution. There will be very little environmentally to entice tourists to our country. The swamps and forests will be replaced with concrete jungles and the epidemic of flooding will become a normal occurrence.
When will we as a society look at our impact on our future as well as our surroundings? Paving heliports in the middle of the mangrove and highways in the middle of the Oropouche River are clear indicators that our Government and our people do not think progressively. People have no problem chucking garbage out their windows and onto the sides of streets, and the practice of dumping old stoves, refrigerators, beds etc into rivers is common. When will we realise that the end result is flooding, loss of homes and in some instances death?
Dr Kublalsingh and his supporters like knights in shining armour against the injustice caused against the voiceless, are the only people willing to stand for the rights of the voiceless. Some may view their actions as obscene or unnecessary. I, however view them as courageous and revolutionary. It’s about time people made a stance against the injustice and try to speak for those that have no voice.