Romauld Ferreira, Free National Movement (FNM) candidate, issued the following statement regarding the FNM’s plan for long-term environmental solutions:
“The questions that linger concerning the health of our nation’s environment are plagued by this Government’s ongoing ignorance of the issue. The problem extends beyond the resources needed to fund conservation and environmental protection efforts, it demonstrates a severe lack of knowledgeable engineering and legislative prudence.
“FNM leadership embraces the importance of protecting The Bahama’s natural resources, such as coral reefs, that act as natural defense mechanisms against the symptoms of climate change. Our conservation efforts must first focus on the proper mechanisms to protect these crucial assets. It is imperative that our government passes an Environmental Protection Act to enforce these protections with which to mitigate the effects of global warming.
“However, it is not the natural climate alone that we must draw our attention; the FNM government will work steadfastly to change the legislative climate as well. We must act with resolve to ensure our government possesses the courage to adequately fund environmental protections and fosters the ingenuity to create new ideas for long-term solutions. Experts say that beachfronts are the most vulnerable locations affected by the negative consequences of climate change. Currently, 80% of The Bahamas is within 10 feet of the sea level. Consequently, our primary industries face greater environmental threats than ever before. Bahamians can no longer wait on a government that talks about change but fails to act. It is time for a new government—an FNM government—that is proactive in protecting our natural resources, our health and our way of life.”