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Ice Age Savannah

Monday, August 6, 2018

I don’t know if it is necessary to do so for the benefit of the citizenry or of the Law Lords, but may I add an impressive fact to the conflict now under consideration at the Privy Council in faraway London on the subject of the government-proposed highway adjacent to the world-admired Aripo Savannah?

The Aripo Savannah, all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago should be thrilled to know, is an Ice Age Savannah (Boomert 2016.) That is to say, it is a living relic of the ecological state of Trinidad and Tobago as it existed before becoming an island. Trinidad and Tobago only became an island when the sea level rose about 7000 BCE at the close of the last Ice Age. Thus, the ecosystems were very like those of northern South America. Since becoming an island the vegetation has changed greatly but the Aripo Savannah exists today as it did when Trinidad and Tobago was part of South America.

That is irrefutably a priceless treasure. It is, or would be in an enlightened nation, unthinkable that the Aripo Savannah be threatened by something so inimical as a highway for the passage of metal boxes on rubber wheels spewing all the while spent hydrocarbons poisoning the air.

The Aripo Savannah must be cherished. It is irreplaceable. The metal boxes and their uninformed occupants can travel as they used to.

The Fishermen and Friends of the Sea are pursuing a noble cause and are to be thanked by all who have respect for beautiful Trinidad.



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