JO - Prince Charles urges J'can private sector to help protect environment
Prince Charles urges J'can private sector to help protect environment
Saturday, March 15, 2008
BRITAIN'S Prince Charles yesterday urged the private sector to take a greater interest in protecting the local environment.
"People talk about sustainable development, sustainable resources, sustainable that, but most of it actually is just hot air. . It is just an excuse for businesses," the prince told workers from the Blue and John Crow Mountain's National Park, gathered at the Holywell recreational area to greet him and his wife Camilla, who yesterday wrapped up their official three-day visit to Jamaica.
The workers, at the same time, informed the prince of the environmental challenges facing the management of the National Park.
The prince, who is a renowned eco-warrior, spoke of having 'harangued' private sector leaders in the UK before launching his own organisation in the United Kingdom, Accounting for Sustainability', which encourages businesses to assess and report the environmental impact of their operations.
He said that personnel from the organisation, including an accountant, could be sent to Jamaica to help establish a local equivalent. He said that he has already entered into dialogue with other countries including Brazil, which is leading the hemisphere in the use of bio-fuels.
Worldwide, he said that a sustainability accounting system could be developed to reward communities for sustainable practices by placing a monetary value on their positive impact on the environment.