“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is
going to get better, it’s not.” – Dr. Seuss
The fictional, furry orange creature who spoke those famous
lines in the Seuss book The Lorax was actually talking about saving trees, but
the same idea might apply to one of the world’s most beautiful natural
creations – the body of water in our backyard known as the North Sound.
Minutes from an April meeting of the Water Authority-Cayman
board indicated that Caribbean Utilities Company, the sole electricity provider
for Grand Cayman, is putting petroleum hydrocarbons into the sound. Water
Authority-Cayman, as well as the Department of Environment, was rightly
concerned about the effects this could have on the sound, a clear blue body of
water, protected by a barrier reef and the most popular boating destination on
Since the release of those minutes, CUC has volunteered
other information that indicated the problem might not be as bad as first
Whatever the truth of the matter, it is true to say that
local folks haven’t been given many options with regard to alternative energy.
Solar panels for housing are extremely expensive, generally between US$14,000
and US$20,000 to outfit a single house and that doesn’t account for maintenance
Long-held proposals for competitive energy providers,
including those using alternative energy sources, have been interminably
A long-awaited National Conservation Bill has yet to see the
light of day before the Legislative Assembly.
We have so many plans to try and protect the natural
environment here, but those plans typically result in paper reports being
printed and sitting on a shelf somewhere; a result The Lorax certainly would
not have been proud of.
The territory has to do better. All the goals and purposes
of having CUC, continuing with property development and business growth, will
be for naught if we’ve destroyed our own home in the process.