Citizens need to be stewards of environment, says Pickersgill Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill, said on Thursday that Jamaica's ability to withstand the effects of future...
"... stressed the need for citizens to become dedicated “stewards” of environmental preservation by, among other things, planting more trees.
He noted that forest preservation is necessary to safeguard Jamaica against the impact of weather-related activities such as hurricanes, the overall effects of climate change and land slippages, among other occurrences.
“The loss of forest cover, not just here in Jamaica, but worldwide, presents a ‘clear and present danger’ to our survival,” he said. “Our forests are (also) directly related to our livelihoods as they provide medicines, wood, water, and almost every natural (provision) around us.”
In this regard, Pickersgill urged that the nation act with urgency to implement measures that will preserve the island’s forests, adding that “one of the best ways is to plant more trees”.