It's now two and half years later since Mr. Ewald Bieman gave this speech. I completely agree with everything he said!
“Our government departments are not enforcing some of the basics: illegal dumping, indiscriminate destruction of land and nature, mistreatment of animals, preservation of fauna, flora and reefs, the mangroves and the ocean. There are laws in place, but they are rarely enforced.”
“Here is my plea to you: We all go out there and make sure that we do not continue to destroy what there is. We are all of us neglecting our nature by destroying hectare upon hectare, dumping mountains of garbage into the sea, and the mangroves, and as a result, killing a sustainable marine environment. We are destroying our reefs and beaches; over-fishing our ocean. We are over-building and destroying our fauna and flora…We are destroying our own natural resources that we depend on for generations to come. What will future generations do if our beautiful beaches and cactus forests are gone, and our island has become a solid mass of concrete? Just think about it…will we convert a national park into an amusement park? Then invite visitors to go there and see what was a pristine island…spoiled by man? Let us be realistic, acknowledge that our nature, our beaches and our sea are the one and only natural resources we have.”
“Sustainability is more than just alternative energy sources, it is community involvement, service, preservation of culture, environment and NATURE. Tourism isn’t our economic pillar, nature is, because without the unspoiled nature there would be no tourism.”