Is it really June 6, 2012? Doesn’t that make it World Environment Day 2012? It is? OK… Because I have hardly heard a whisper about it all day today. I have heard a lot of politicians blustering and guffawing in the House of Representatives over the Budget; the trade winds have continued to trouble us on a fiercely hot June day; there have been the usual compromises and concessions and in the city of Kingston, Jamaica.
The theme for 2012 is: “Green Economy: Does It Include YOU?” Well, if asked this question, most Jamaican men and women would scratch their heads, frown slightly and shake their heads. And these days, it seems to me, the word economy is more often on the lips of many than the word green. Apart from our own stifling debt crisis, there is Spain, which can’t afford to bail out its own banks; Greece, which is stumbling along towards a re-run of its election on June 17; the British Prime Minister flitting about Europe like a slightly agitated migrating bird, urging “immediate” action on the Eurozone debt crisis; and President Barack Obama, now in the throes of a full-blown election campaign, turning a little more grey and holding conference calls with European leaders. Even Facebook‘s IPO was something of a flop, and it appears marred by technical errors.
And back in Jamaica, people get more excited about the green in the flag (or lack of it) than they do about the “greening” of our increasingly deforested, polluted, mined-out, over-developed, garbage-filled island.
But hey… It is slightly cooler now after 9:00 p.m.; I can hear music playing faintly and pleasantly outside – sounds like an old ska tune; the dogs are quietly snoozing; the Petcharys are enjoying the welcome, late-season bounty of our Bombay mango tree; and I am looking forward to high tea with a friend at the wonderful Terra Nova Hotel tomorrow. Things could be worse. The economic (and green) crisis might never happen.
And tomorrow is another day. June 7. When we may say to each other, “Oh yes, it was World Environment Day yesterday, wasn’t it?”
- World Environment Day (pottedplantsociety.wordpress.com)
- If it’s June 5, it must be World Environment Day (photoblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- Morning Minutes: June 5 (hopestar.com)
- World Environment Day (periwinkleporte.com)
- World Environment Day 2012 (energyrefuge.com)
- http://www.unep.org/wed/: UN World Environment Day
- http://www.terranovajamaica.com/index2.php: Terra Nova Hotel, Kingston