Dominica observes Earth Day today

Roseau and the Roseau Valley as seen from space. Photo by Google Earth

Dominica joins the global community in observance of Earth Day on Sunday

Earth Day is now recognised by the UN and observed each year by more than 500 million people in 175 countries, and Dominica is one of them.

Earth Day, a day intended to draw attention to the fragile nature of the environment and the need to preserve, conserve and protect it.

Earth Day focuses attention on the environmental issues that, if ignored, can pose a serious threat to our way of life and that of future generations. One of the themes of this year’s celebration is, “The Earth won’t — can’t — wait.”

In observance of Earth Day Dominica is to take part in the global screening of the first “One Day on Earth” feature documentary which is being held today (Sunday) worldwide.

The free screening takes place at the Arawak House of Culture at 6:00 pm

In the feature documentary, filmmakers from all over the world share their images of one day in their country.

Work by Dominican videographers Sheldon Casimir, Nixon George and Kurt Rolle, with music by Cornel Phillip is included in the documentary.

This is the 42 annivesary of Earth Day.

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5 Comments

  1. Roseau South Citizen
    April 23, 2012

    Its very good to see that we are as a country observing Earth Day in the Nature Island, but what r we really doing as people, as a country to take care of our little corner of the world. On Saturday i noticed that a plot (a slope really)of land was cleared for the construction of a dwelling house. this would normally be a good thing, but that particular piece of land is situtated on the north side or slope of the Laviere Canaqui in Castle comfort, there is hardly a suitable or adequate land to construct and it was cleared all the way down to the river bed. It behoves me that one planning gave the developers of the land permission to sell property up to the river bed just above the second bridge inside castle comfort – there is also another right on the main road close to McMilland Gas Staton and two that Planning Divison has again given permission to an individaul to build a dweeling house on the bank of the river. All the trees and brush that were shading the river from the sun has been cut and has left a gaping whole in the landscape! this is going to greatly affect the eco-system and the levels of the water in the river which has already become a stream and curtailed due to construction in the river, such as courts, mcmillan, etc. Why is it that we talk about DA and it being the Nature Island of Dominica and as our MInister of Tourism likes to say the World yet we allow this folishness to continue. Didnt the incidents in layou and massacre teach us anything. why is is that the planning division is blatantly not adhering to the laws, isnt there suppposed to be a maximum distance from which someone can build from a river bed, in some areas up the river some foundations are in the river. What is planning and forestry doing, the minister for the environmen and water resourcement, new ministries establishment to ensure that these resources as managed and sustained, there was a recent low-carbon resilient development pathway strategy developed by the ECU, was all the talk just that talk. Isnt it time we stop the talk shop and start to act, change the laws, increase the fines, ensure that the departments are working together and ensuring that we leave behind a nature island for our children and their children just as out forefathers preserved and left it for us. If we fail in that regard, we might end up like St lucia seeking sources for water in times of drought and saying if we had known!

  2. Homeboy
    April 22, 2012

    Thank You Yahweh for Dominica. I hope the author of that article about winding roads can see this. THIS MAGNIFICENT ISLAND….

  3. April 22, 2012

    Nice to be part of that.Big up.

  4. natural living
    April 22, 2012

    big up UNITE and crew…..

  5. Dominicans one love
    April 22, 2012

    THANK GOD FOR DOMINICA AND IT’S GOOD PEOPLE AND ALL THE SWEET THINGS WE GOT TO ALL MY DOMINICANS ONE LOVE HAVE ARE BLESS DAY AND LETS ALL TAKE GOOD CARE OF WHAT WE GOT AND KNOW HOW TO GIVE GOD THANKS ONE LOVE TO ALL

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