Despite the abundant natural resources in Guyana and even with the expected production of oil, Guyana’s most important natural resource is its children.This is the view of former Attorney General Anil Nandlall as he distributed school bags and other essentials on behalf of East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee as they prepare former sugar worker’s children for the new school year.“The responsibility of all of us is to ensure that the welfare of our children is always paramount and that whatever we do, we must ensure the advancement of our children’s welfare,” he said.Children of workers who were severed from the Skeldon estate when the factorySome of the children who received school bags and other essential school suppliesclosed its doors in December 2017 were given bags and other essential for the new school year complements of the East Berbice Sugar Workers Relief Committee (EBSWRC).The EBSWRC provided new school bags and other essentials for school to 150 students from the Corriverton, Skeldon and Messiah Primary Schools.Over 2000 workers at the Skeldon Estate were sent home when Government closed that estate.Speaking to the children and their parents at the Corriverton Primary School building, where the presentations were made last Saturday, Nandlall said we are living in a society where we are facing great challenges. Those challenges produce initiatives and organisations like the EBSEWRC.He noted that when the sugar estates were closed and thousands of workers lost their jobs and the future of their families became uncertain.“There children’s lives and future became dismal and out of that came this organisation and many of its kind right across the sugar belt. These organisations came up through the People’s Progressive Party working with other social partners to try to bring some relief to the sugar workers, their families and most importantly the children of the sugar workers,” Nandlall said.Member of Parliament Adrian Anamayah who is also a part of the organisation organised the presentation. He noted that most of the funding came from several Berbicians who nor reside overseas.Anamayah also related that the EBSEWRC has been providing hot meals to children of the severed workers since the start of the year.
As for the credibility of Ottawa’s criticism, the minister has reaffirmed the province’s 33 per cent reduction goal.“There’s no question that we met our interim target in 2012,” Polak goes on to say. “We certainly have out-preformed other provinces in seeing our GHG emissions decline [and] our GDP go up.”It was the Liberal government of Gordon Campbell which legislated the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 and they not only call for a 33 per cent reduction by 2020, but also 80 per cent by 2050. “…There have been some fuel standards, yes. But by and large, they’ve been laggards on this issue.”Provincial Environment Minister Mary Polak was quick to respond to the criticism of the climatologist MLA.She argues the fact that Premier Christy Clark has been invited to address the G-20 on B.C.’s carbon tax is proof.“Internationally, we are viewed as leaders on the fight against climate change.”Advertisement This is not a new argument but Andrew Weaver is critical of the Clark government for promoting the LNG industry development, which he claims would make it impossible for the province to reach the already legislated target of a 33 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020.The government continues to insist it is a leader in fighting climate change, but Mr. Weaver says that claim no longer has any credibility.“You can say we’re ‘world-class this,’ ‘word-class that,’ [but] the reality is we’re not,” says Weaver. “We were – we’re not.”- Advertisement -His comments follow federal government accusations this week that B.C. is lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.However, Mr. Weaver, while agreeing with that statement, also had some choice words for the Harper government.“It’s a bit of a ‘pot calling the kettle black’ there,” Weaver goes on to say. “What have the feds done? Almost nothing – in fact, pretty close to nothing.”Advertisement
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