Protect our beautiful Island

As I watch the beauty of my island slowly disappearing and quickly being replaced by the icons of our greed for money, the means by which we measure our progress, I am reminded of certain words, so eloquently written by Rachel Carson, and I am sadden.

“I believe natural beauty has a necessary place in the spiritual development of any individual or any society. I believe that whenever we destroy beauty, or whenever we substitute something man-made and artificial for a natural feature of the earth, we have retarded some part of man’s spiritual growth.”-Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

One day the regret will come, but I believe that it will be too late for those of us left on this rock, which measures only 75 square miles.

It will be my children, grandchildren and the generation of the future who will suffer from our lack of indiscretion and lack of satisfaction with what we have.

What does it take for us to realize that it is only 75 square miles that we are living on and not millions of acres, and that we are allowing it to be destroyed daily in the name of progress, and destroyed mostly by those who cannot do so in their own countries?

The governments of many larger countries are zoning and mandating that natural habitations be left in pristine conditions, no matter who owns the property.

Do we really foresee the future of our beautiful island as one of man-made structures, computer drafted gardens and lawns that only demand from us and give only but aesthetic beauty?

When can we take back our island from the outstretched hands we are feeding, hands that are only taking and not giving substance in return? Yes, we need money, but it can never replace our real protector and giver, Mother Nature.

I am asking the Government of these beautiful islands to please open its eyes to what we are really allowing to happen to 75 square miles.

Cherry Smith

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