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Environmentalist Athie Martin says the commissioning of a fuel tank farm in Dominica sends an unfortunate signal to the world.

At a time where the larger economies are looking to move away from fossil fuels whereas Dominica, an island bursting with potential for renewable energy is moving rapidly towards a dependence on fossil fuels.

Martin believes this move will have future generations settling a massive accumulated debt, and that the Petro Caribe agreement is disrespectful and undignified and shows no account for the enormous amount of work done to preserve Dominica’s natural image.

And that the country is moving away from its strengths and embracing a commodity which is not one of its natural assets. He is of the view that although Dominica is small, it can be totally energy independent, not on fossil fuels but on the abundance of natural renewable energy which is available on Island and the technical aspects of any processing activities need to be organized to ensure the island is kept clean and green.

Otherwise Dominica could be regarded as the country which had a chance at leading the world with its green economy (something Venezuela should do as a true friend to Dominica), but instead gave it all up for a few barrels of oil.

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While addressing a Good Governance forum on Monday, the Real Labour Party’s representative Washway Douglas highlighted some of the RLP’s strategies to move Dominica forward.

Notwithstanding the clean and green policy and the Renewable Energy Program, Mr Douglas firmly believes the country’s name should be changed from Dominica to ‘Waitukubuli’ the name given by the indigenous people of the country.

Douglas says this is in an effort to lessen the inconvenience of being mistaken for the Dominican Republic and also to help reduce the costs of advertisements made in efforts to clarify that Dominica is not the Dominican Republic.

The RLP is also looking to introduce the concept of Natural Resources being linked to Nationalism, and that the country’s natural resources should be owned by Dominican citizens for the benefit of Dominica and its citizens.

The RLP Coordinator also spoke of building closer relations with the neighboring islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. He says while the present administration speaks of creating closer links with CARICOM which he fully endorses, greater emphasis needs to be placed on developing tighter links with Guadeloupe and Martinique.

But are these the type of strategies Dominica needs presently to take it forward as a country? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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If the united Workers Party opposition leader Ron Green is serious about its proposal for a Greener Economy, and the party wins the 2010 general elections, Dominica will join the many developing countries striving to develop a green policy for economic development.

Even the United States of America, the leading proponents of “Brown Economics” has felt the need for a change and has began shifting its focus towards a green economy.

In the Dominican context, a full scale adoption of a green policy would create new and sustainable jobs in sections such as the construction, by remodeling buildings to make them more energy efficient. And in the electricity generating and distribution sub-sector, by creating new systems that make use of renewable energy sources such as geothermal, wind, solar and water.

Nevertheless, the point we need to stress here is that Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean, and is in a unique position to advantage of dawning of the new age of green economics.

But we don’t need a new general election for our government to change course towards developing a greener economic policy – policies that will be adopted by all political parties and bring sustainable development to Dominica.

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