Citizen Participation – An Important Pre-requisite for Sustainable Living in Trinidad and Tobago

Carol James

Abstract


We the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, over the last two to three decades, have adopted a unique approach to life and living in these twin islands, merely 5130 km2 in area with associated ocean space, a country inhabited by 1.4 million humans and trillions of plants and animals. Each citizen appears to have expertise and opinions on every subject; we criticize everything and everyone, blame the government or others for every ill, real or imagined, but are hardly willing to take individual or collective action to correct the problems we identify. Any objective scan of the over 20 local radio frequencies, 10 local TV channels, the multi-faceted local print media and social networking sites, is likely to support this perception.


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