My dear countrymen, you need to wake up and smell the garbage
In the year 2010, former president Bharrat Jagdeo was the recipient of the “Champion of the Earth” award for his contribution towards preservation of Guyana’s forest and related Low Carbon Development Strategy.
Thus; he imitated American architect and pioneer in field of computer-aided design and founder of OLPC, Nicholas Negroponte whose concept of giving out “One Laptop Per Child” (OLPC) became known globally and voila “One Laptop Per Family” (OLPF) in Guyana was established.
Here I would like to point out that the XO laptops of (OLPC) given out to the children across the globe in countries such as India, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Paraguay, Peru and Kenya to name a few, were specially built to withstand the adverse effects of sun, rain, accidental drops and are basically child-resistant (yet still child-friendly). It must be noted that the XO laptops are solar-powered.
I am certain there are others who share my opinion that giving out netbooks to low income families (OLPF) is a total waste of time; most certainly the majority of these devices are gathering dust in the recipients’ homes. A percentage may also be broken or ‘misplaced’.
Why is the money given by Norway to Guyana not put to better use; where it would have benefitted all of Guyana; and I mean all of Guyana, not just the citizens and visitors but the aesthetics of this once beautiful land.
Guyana is stifling under the increasing and endless garbage generated each day by all who inhabit these soils. What a great oversight by this noble champion not to see the urgent need in erecting recycling plants/factories for glass, plastic, aluminum and paper in this once upon a time paradise (as many liken this country to).
These factories would have provided jobs for the unemployed and solved most if not all of the gross garbage problem that ravages the landscape of Guyana.
The icing on the cake here would have been solving two burning issues in Guyana – unemployment and the insurmountable garbage woe.
In closing I would leave you the readers of this letter with this question: “Do you really believe that Guyana in its present garbage-polluted state can attract tourism, especially those of the elite whom the new Marriott is being constructed for?”
Then my dear countrymen, if you do, you need to wake up and smell the garbage.
I would also like to encourage you to be kind to the environment, please refrain from littering and discourage others from this gross malpractice. You may not receive an award for “Champion of the Earth” but you will be blessed by the Creator of Earth.