Ital Revolution by Wayne Kublalsingh

Ital Revolution by Wayne Kulalsingh

Ital Revolution by Wayne Kublalsingh

Dear Friends,
 
Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh has written a book about the struggle and the people involved  in preserving our pristine environment. This book is available for sale to the public. I am a sales agent. Please consider purchasing copies of this very informative book. The proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards our movement. We are a group dedicated to preserving Trinidad and Tobago’s pristine environment. Since we receive no funding, we had to generate our own source of income for our cause. This is a great book and will make for very interesting and informative reading.
 
Please help our cause by purchasing Ital Revolution by Wayne Kublalsingh. The cost is $100.00 per copy. My contact information is listed.
 
Delivery to offices throughout Trinidad and Tobago available.
 
We need funds in order, to continue to our work and to market this book successfully before The Fifth Summit of the Americas.
 
We want to show the world what Trinidad and Tobago is really all about.
 
Ideas are also welcomed.
 
Please sign my online petition and if you have signed Thank you.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/957999809
 
 
Rhea Mungal
rhea.mungal@gmail.com

Skype rhea.mungal
Tel : 18687694672

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10 Responses to Ital Revolution by Wayne Kublalsingh

  1. rheamungal says:

    Ital Development
    ________________________________________
    Rastafari has given us this wonderful word: ITAL. This word means real, essential, authentic. It is an indigenous word, created by an indigenous community in the Caribbean, the Rastafari. Ital food, for example, means food which is natural, without salt, without chemicals, pure. Ital development is development which is real; it actually generates resources, land, food, health, energy rather than deplete them. It creates wealth rather than impoverishment. It is based on authentic development, not deals. It is essential; it is rooted in our local geography. It respects the intrinsic value of land, water, vegetation, air, social practices and people. These stocks of wealth, says ital development, constitute the vital resources of a nation and not, for example, paper, a paper economy, a declining US dollar.

    The opposite of ital is bogus. Bogus development is not development at all. It is action designed to look like development, but it is not. It looks like development, smells like development, tastes like development but it is underdevelopment. It is underdevelopment designed to look like real, authentic, essential development. It is uneconomic: the cost of this bogus development is more than the benefit. It converts ital resources, land, peoples, communities into paper so as to divide this paper money into assets for foreign corporations, for dealmakers, for imperialist states. It disrespects and undervalues the vital resources of the nation. It uses language like Vision 20/20, gas monetization, progress, and even sustainable development. It is meant to extract indigenous resources through fooling people, through violence and through the emasculation of authentic planning and development institutions.

    Bogus underdevelopment leads to death, poverty, destruction. Ital development leads to wealth, health and harmony.

    In 2001, the Government commissioned Gaffney and Cline Associates, foreign consultants, to prepare a Master Gas Plan for Trinidad and Tobago. The plan discussed a number of heavy gas based industries which the Government might invest in, in order to best take advantage of its gas assets. It outlined some possible advantages and disadvantages of investments in steel, aluminum, plastics, for example. The plan discussed these ideas in the context of international aluminum, steel, plastics and gas markets. Projections were made of royalties, taxes, job creation and best available use of gas. The plan dealt exclusively with gas. Nowhere in the plan are there analyses of land use, land capability, opportunity costs, ecological impacts, alternative energy sources, or social costs. The consultants were asked to devise a gas plan and they wrote about gas.

    It was therefore left up to the commissioners of the Master Gas Plan, the Ministry of Energy and Energy Related Industries and the Government of the Republic to decide which projects to pursue. It was left up to our technocrats, our experts in the energy sector, our public servants to adapt the plan to our geography. This was not done.

    What ensued was an exercise in cutting and pasting. Not more than four men, men of the inner Cabinet of the Government, cut out five or six projects from Gaffney and Cline, and began to paste their choices in the history of Trinidad and Tobago.

    The choices were not based on land use, land capability, opportunity costs, ecological impacts, alternative energy sources, accurate gas projections, social costs or sustainability, but on the best interests of the inner Cabinet, its international Foreign Direct Investors and large investor states, India, China and the United States.

    The cutters-and-pasters commissioned the National Energy Corporation to search for land for their projects. The NEC’s senior engineer, using GIS and satellite maps began searching for space on the West Coast for heavy gas based industrial estates. He had a problem. The West Coast has run out of viable sites. So he had to chook his non-viability into areas of historical viability: a 4000 acre forest and community at Chatham, a 1800 acre forest in Union, an estuarine seabed off Otaheite, and 5000 acres of former Caroni lands, mangrove and seabed and seagrass beds at Claxton Bay and environs.

    The productive capacities of these proposed sites, forest, honey, milk, fruits, wood, hunting, leisure, mangrove, commercial fishing, agriculture, fruit farming, two large dams, community homes and health, businesses and places of worship, and the ecological systems – underground aquifers, soil systems, coastal geomorphology, seabeds and seagrasses, flora and fauna, ambient air, surface water systems – were devalued. The rights of communities to these valued stocks of wealth were discounted. Net costs were greater than net benefits. Officials refused to divulge the cost benefit analyses of any of these projects and individuals who insisted on seeing them have been arrested. Additionally, we have agreed to bear the costs of cheap rents on invaluable port lands, estate infrastructure, concessions on gas prices, newly built multi-million dollar ports, gas lines, tax holidays, huge loans and, in two instances, 100% foreign ownership. In sum, ital resources are being sacrificed to a bogus planning agenda.

    To top it all, the Gaffney and Cline recommendations for investment in metallic ores, aluminum and steel, were based on a projection of proven gas reserve base of 40-50 trillion cubic feet. It was based on co-operation with Venezuela to exploit cross-border natural gas fields. Our proven gas reserves since 2001 have declined threefold, not increased by two times as projected. Co-operation with Venezuela has flown out of the window, stymied by the Prime Minister’s mishandling of relations with that nation. The agenda for investment in metallic ores is therefore un-real: we are planting on barren lands, while denying ourselves the opportunities to plant the ital lands of food, water and renewable energy.

    The opposite of ital is bogus. Bogus men cannot create ital development. What is ital is currently being depleted, what is bogus is being enlarged. Only the real, the ital, ital individuals, ital ideas, ital resources, ITAL DEVELOPMENT can save T&T.

    Dr.Wayne Kublalsingh
    (used with his permission)

  2. rheamungal says:

    Dear Friends,

    Please find an updated listing of some of our websites.

    1. Sign our petition at
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/957999809

    2. Read me on Greenpeace.org
    http://forum.greenpeace.org/int/showthread.php?t=5832

    3. Comment and add photos to our blog
    http://claxtonbaymangrove.wordpress.com/

    4. We are on YouTube

    5. Our Flickr Groups

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/claxtonbaymangrove/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29102645@N06/

    6. We were published in India -Four times.
    http://www.purvanchalsamachar.com/

    7. We are on Facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=780016327&highlight#/group.php?gid=24304883015

    8. Mangrove Action Project has taken up our fight!
    http://www.mangroveactionproject.org/news/action-alerts/please-help-us-to-save-our-mangroves-from-essar-steel-of-india

    9. I am a blogger on ( Environmentally Friendly) JahajeeDesi.com
    http://www.blogger.com/home

    10. Several articles have been published on NowPublic.com under Environment
    http://www.nowpublic.com/

    11. Several articles about our cause have been published on iReports
    http://www.cnn.com/ireport/

    12. Several articles about our cause have been published on Publishaletter
    http://www.publishaletter.com/

    There have been articles published in Russia and Japan.

    Regards,
    Rhea Mungal

  3. Anton says:

    If I have to nominate a T&T individual of the last decade for selfless and couragous action , that man is Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh.
    Dr Peter Vine is also in the running.

  4. Ex Back says:

    The style of writing is very familiar to me. Did you write guest posts for other blogs?

    • rheamungal says:

      When I see something interesting I do write for other blogs. I remember posting a lot responses on Sri Lankan and Indian blogs that were in English. A lot of these however dealt with the sport of cricket.

  5. Concerned Citizen says:

    thought i should forward this to Dr. Kublalsingh and Dr. Vine

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8081907.stm

  6. Rashid Ali says:

    Do you have e-mail address of Dr. Kublalsingh?

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