Some people want to think that environmentalists are only people eating fine food, drinking expensive wines and driving around in big petrol-sucking cars. It is not like that, and I am of the opinion that Mr Warmington must "go to school" to learn more about these people.
Reading the article "Go to hell", which the Observer carried on August 30, confirmed my belief that politicians are really playing politics with people's lives.
In my humble opinion, Goat Islands must be left alone. Any kind of development must be on mainland Jamaica. There is talk that the project will result in work for the Jamaican people, but we all know that Chinese contractors like to use their nationals to work on their projects.
When Mr Warmington "goes to school", we might want to introduce a little geography to help him temper his temper. Before we start to condemn people to hell, we need to stop and think what are the pros and cons of this so-called job-creating development the MP assumes will happen.
After the Falmouth Pier was finished, with much fanfare and possibility, the wall and road on the east of the pier between Falmouth and the district of Rock started crumbling and the Falmouth All Age School on the west side is on the verge of saying bye-bye. Will this be the case after this development?
Aren't there any places on mainland Jamaica along the sea where high cliff of hard rock meets the sea to build this port? The rock type of the coast is very important, and I am just wondering if the MP is thinking about that. If the coast is made from soft rock, it will be eroded far more quickly than if it is made of hard rock. Is there solid, hard rock on Goat Islands? Removing mangroves and coral reefs can alter the shape of coasts, as they slow down incoming waves, decreasing the rate at which a coast is eroded.
Trans-shipment might sound sexy, but it can be the devil in disguise. Let's first understand the word "trans-shipment" before going any further. Trans-shipment is the transfer of cargo from one vessel or conveyance to another vessel for further transit to complete the voyage and carry the cargo to its ultimate destination. Trans-shipment is usually made where there is no direct sea link between the consignor's and consignee's countries. The question one must ask, is China up to some kind of illegal practice? Trans-shipment is normally fully legitimate and an everyday part of world trade. However, it can also be a method used to disguise intent, as in the case with illegal logging, smuggling, or grey market goods. If the distance between Goat Islands and mainland Jamaica is less than a mile, why does China want to build on Goat Islands? Why not just build it on mainland Jamaica where the Government, police, immigration and Customs officers, as well as the citizens can see what the Chinese are doing?