If Fred Burton’s dire predictions are correct, we are leaving our children and grandchildren a barren land.
He has intensely analysed satellite imagery of the vegetation on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
What he found was that by the end of this century there will be no natural environment left because of over population, which will naturally lead to over development.
Some people don’t really care about the future of the Cayman Islands, but we at the Observer on Sunday certainly do.
That’s why we are imploring our lawmakers, once again, to enact a thorough conservation law.
The previous government paid so much lip service to such a law without taking any action.
Key elements of the bill included the establishment of a National Conservation Council; mechanisms for the designation and management of protected areas; procedures for the nomination, designation and conservation of protected species; and regulatory procedures for the introduction of non-indigenous or genetically altered species of flora and fauna.
This and more has to be done and done quickly before we lose our natural habitats.
The bill must also once and for all offer protection to the Blue Iguanas only. The legislation that protects iguanas now protects all iguanas, including the greens that are a natural enemy to the Blues.
We also need proper planning legislation to fix things like the Savannah Gully – again, once and for all.
The planning legislation should also address Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. God forbid either of those pristine islands be developed to the extent of what’s been done on Grand Cayman.
By not having proper laws to conserve and preserve our natural environment and to ensure proper development of our Islands, we are failing ourselves and future generations.
If your heart is not in any effort to preserve our Islands, think of it economically. Once we destroy our environment and develop it, we can never get it back. Throughout the world green spaces are shrinking and those that are left carry a hefty price tag, if they are for sale at all.
Let’s please leave something for our children and grandchildren to look forward to.
We need to stop being reactionary and offering expensive quick fixes that serve usually only as Band Aids and fix our problems now.
Convince your legislator to pass a thorough conservation law and proper planning legislation.