Conservation of the environment will be a major focus when this year’s Arbor Day celebrations come off on September 22 at the National Conservation Commission’s (NCC), Codrington, St. Michael headquarters from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
The theme for this year’s celebrations is: Trees: The Circle of Life, as the NCC continues its efforts to promote sustainable living in Barbados.
Special Projects Officer at the NCC, Ricardo Marshall, explained the Expo was intended to showcase eco-friendly products, services and technologies, and introduce the public to businesses, non-profit organisations, community groups and governmental agencies dedicated to preserving the natural environment.
He said businesses participating in the activity would have an opportunity to market themselves directly to thousands of "eco-conscious" consumers, while consumers can learn about the green products and services available.
In addition, workshops focusing on issues such as plant care, plant propagation and recycling will be held throughout the day.
"The objective of the Expo is to promote the importance of trees through a practical or interactive demonstration that highlights the many products and services consumed and utilised on a daily basis which are derived from trees," he stated.
He added that for the public, the Expo would provide an educational, motivational experience suitable for the entire family. "It is intended to raise the environmental consciousness of the populace and assist in the cultivation of a more environmentally conscious and friendly Barbados," he said.
Mr. Marshall noted that the NCC would also have a massive plant sale running concurrently with the Expo, offering discounts of up to 20 per cent on selected plants.
The Special Projects Officer added that unlike the last five years, the 2012 expo would have a heavy concentration on the conservation of the environment.