AS he celebrated his 54th birthday yesterday environmentalist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh said his wish for 2013 is for the people of this country to stand up and fight for what is right.
Speaking to the Express by phone from his D'Abadie home, Kublalsingh said he had peas pastelles for his birthday meal and a member of the Highway Re-Route Movement baked him a birthday cake.
Kublalsingh had engaged in a three week hunger strike against the Debe to Mon Desir section of the multi billion dollar extension of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin.
"My wish is that the people have a new vision and fight for that vision in such a way that the Government adopts that vision. This Government and the one in the past, I believe, have no vision at all, the people need to be the visionaries," he said.
Kublalsingh said one does not have to wait for a general election to effect change, "I hope that in the new year people will stand up and fight for what is right."
Kublalsingh said he was happy to be alive, "I feel a certain gratitude for the people when I see them dancing and eating a lot and travelling and shopping, I feel happy to be here".
He said there needs to be a revoultion in the Caribbean where there is detachment from the metropolitan economic model where there is a fading banking and manufacturing sector.
Trinidad and Tobago, he said, has to create its own indigenous economy and tap into the wealth in the rural areas.