Opposition leader, Ron Green is the first leader of any political party here to adopt a “Green Economy” as his foundation for the next general election.
Mr Green hopes to adopt a clean and green economic policy for Dominica, and fight to promote Dominica as the Nature Island of the World – a fight that will aid in sustainable environment development and the creation of sustainable jobs.
Though he is yet to detail the ramifications of “green economy” concept for Dominica, I believe that Green’s idea of a green economy for Dominica is innovative, challenging and not a minute too late.
It’s obvious that business as usual, handouts as usual and corruption as usual in our nature isle is not getting us where we want to go.
A greener economy for Dominica will no doubt create cheaper energy that will in turn create new businesses and sustainable jobs for many Dominicans. What do you think about a new energy policy for Dominica?
Chris, can you find and post extracts of the energy policy? If I am not mistaken it was a recent exercise and I would expect it would be already be highly supportive of the green economy.
We do have a proud history which include firsts in forests reserves and production from green sources in that part of the region. After all, Dominica has had for example, hydro power for 60+ years now and at one time (up to 1991) it comprised 70% of electrical energy generated. As you may know, in very recent times, and over the last 20 years, other forms of renewable energy have been considered or even explored: more hydro power expansion, geothermal exploration, wind, solar. So Dominica is way ahead of almost all the other countries in the Caribbean from possibilities and/or considerations with green energy from diverse sources, even if its policies are still evolving. One must also bear in mind that any company involved in power generation or energy production is also highly interested in the economic returns on the investments. In short, not all technically feasible or noble projects on the island (or even those with full support from the government and people) can prove to be worth going into from a business point of view. Lets keep all this into perspective. Of course there are other parts of the green economy worth pursuing.
As far as embracing the “go-green” concept I am all for that! We are the “Nature Island of the Caribbean”, so there is nothing radically new here. We would just be living up to our name more seriously with the development of standards. Again we go to economics as much of this would also involve substantial initial development/outlay; challenging in these recession times. But lets keep those ideals alive! We can start with education and awareness and take it from there. There is certainly a niche market in this area as people are more environmentally focused these days! Way to go!