De Robert: environmentalists need to unite

POSTED: 01/21/14 12:44 PM

“Dishonest to lay all the blame on the politicians”

St. Maarten – Local environmentalist Stephen de Robert believes that St. Maarten is still a long way from achieving serious action on abusive coastal development.

De Robert’s comment come just as other individuals and environmental foundations are expressing outrage over the discovery of a substantial amount of after-party garbage on the Mullet Bay beach.

“The environmental community can claim a great deal of credit for what are significant advances over a relatively short period; greater environmental awareness. Yet despite all the support from the media, we are still a long way from achieving serious action on abusive coastal development. It’s the hypocrisy and double standard within our community. It would be dishonest to lay all the blame on the politicians or the developers for the public’s disengagement from the issues that, more than any other, will define our future sustainability,” de Robert told Today.

The radio host of the Sunday morning environmental talk show Breakfast with de Robert called for all environmental activists to band together for a significant impact on the island’s landscape.

De Robert says that he expects an election year to provide many smoke screens and strange alliances but indicated that now more than ever the island’s development policies must be carefully scrutinized.

“We have to understand that double standard environmentalism is not capable of dealing with the island’s most serious ecological crisis, that of over development and waste management. In the world of environmental advocacy, we need to engage each other in our honest evaluation of our present situation. The stakes are too high to go on with business as usual.”

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