|Minister of International Business and International Transport, George Hutson, oversees the planting of the tree by students of the 4-H and K-Kids Clubs. (A. Miller/BGIS)??|
Barbados joined with the rest of the world to celebrate International Civil Aviation Day today under the theme Aviation: Our Connection to the World.
This year, a green initiative was included among the activities, and saw Minister of International Business and International Transport, George Hutson; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Gabrielle Springer; Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ann Belgrave, and other Ministry officials, joining with students of the St. Bartholomew Primary School to plant a golden apple tree.
"The Department of Civil Aviation, which falls under my Ministry, decided to plant this tree as part of the whole greening effort," the Minister said, after planting the tree with the help of students of the school’s 4-H and K-Kids Clubs.
He stressed that Government was putting a lot of emphasis on Barbados going green, and told students that trees were important to the society and its well-being. For instance, Mr. Hutson said, coconut and grape trees could be planted on beaches to prevent erosion.
The Minister urged the students to care for the tree they planted, as well as others on the compound, rather than break off their leaves and branches. "Ensure that you water the tree," the Minister urged.