Cayman wants to be green

The vast majority of respondents in
last week’s caycompass.com online poll say that when it comes to being green,
they conserve but admit they could be “greener”.

Of the 297 respondents, 204 – or 68
per cent – when asked how green they were, answered that they conserved energy,
but could do more for the environment.

One respondent boasted that he was
greener than most of his neighbours, while another said: “I am very
conservative, not wasteful. Re-use!”

One respondent echoed a sentiment
often repeated in Cayman. “It would be helpful if there were more options here
for recycling.”

Nine of the respondents, or 3 per
cent of those who took part, gave themselves a pat on the back, saying “They
don’t come any greener than me”, while 26 people, or 9 per cent of respondents,
insisted they were not green at all and don’t plan on turning green.

“I’m a little green and that’s as
green as I want to be,” was the response from 44 participants, or 15 per cent
of those polled, while 14 of the people who took part, or 5 per cent, said “I
don’t know what you mean by green.”

One of the respondents who insisted
“They don’t come greener than me” seemed to be referring to another kind of greenery,
rather than the environment, stating: “Smoke the green every day,” and another
queried: “Do you mean green as in… Kermit the Frog?”

Others though took a more serious
tack, calling for more reliable public transport and cycle lanes to make life
greener in the Cayman Islands and to use more wind power and less use of diesel
on the islands.

Another respondent wrote: “People
on this Island need more infrastructure to allow them to be green.”

Some respondents called for Premier
McKeeva Bush to take action to get rid of Mount Trashmore, which one person
said was “toxic to all on Seven Mile Beach”.

One individual responded: “I’d
probably be a lot greener if there were any support at all for the initiative
from the government. It seems every green initiative here is private-sector
driven.”

Another also took aim at the
government, writing: “What good is ‘green in Cayman when the government doesn’t
promote recycling. It’s shameful on an island not to have an island-wide
recycling programme for glass, plastic and cardboard.”

 Next week’s online
poll question.

How
prepared will you be for the 2010 hurricane season?

As
prepared as I can be

Substantially
prepared

Just
a little prepared

Not
prepared at all

I
won’t be in Cayman

To
participate in this poll, please visit www.caycompass.com.

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