Nature is our lifeline. It gives us everything we need to live healthy and fulfilling lives, like fresh water, nutritious food, clean air, and a beautiful home. On Bonaire, nature is the heart of our economy, attracting tourists from all over the world and providing us with a bright future for our children and our children’s children. Without nature, we would lose everything that makes our island special. Hence, it is imperative that we prioritize the protection and preservation of our natural environment to ensure a sustainable future for all.

Since the last elections nature became less and less of a priority.  The past four years have witnessed a concerted effort to grant as many building permits as possible on Bonaire, resulting in a blatant disregard for regulations aimed at safeguarding our natural environment. Sadly, this has also meant that the needs and desires of the island’s residents have been largely ignored. For example, very little progress has been made in ensuring reliable and safe infrastructure and providing affordable housing for locals. Instead, most of the new construction has focused on big resorts and housing designed to appeal to investors.

Regrettably, the government’s single-minded pursuit of economic growth has come at a heavy price for Bonaire’s natural environment. Rather than prioritizing the long-term well-being of the island, the government has instead focused on short-term economic gains for a happy few. This has led to an alarming situation where the unique natural beauty of Bonaire, along with its culture, is being put at risk.

As we approach the March 15th election on Bonaire, it’s crucial to consider how the candidates plan to protect the island’s natural environment for current and future generations. Bonaire’s economy and way of life depend heavily on its unique and beautiful nature, including its coral reefs, tropical dry forests, mangroves and wildlife.

With climate change and other environmental threats on the rise, it’s more important than ever that our government takes effective measures to protect our island’s natural environment. Despite the lack of clear (written) information on the intentions of the political parties on Bonaire, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the environmental policies and initiatives of each political party to make an informed decision on election day.

By electing a party committed to protecting Bonaire’s natural environment and promoting sustainable development for our citizens, we can help to ensure a bright future for ourselves and future generations. It’s our responsibility to hold our leaders accountable and demand a sustainable and environmentally responsible approach to governance.

Since nature doesn’t have a voice of its own, it’s crucial that you speak up for it on March 15th. If you care about the protection of our natural environment then consider voting for PDB, the only political party that has unequivocally opposed any form of development on Plantation Bolivia. With a leader like Clark Abraham who believes in ‘walking the talk’ we fully expect him to remain steadfast in his support for protecting Plantation Bolivia and upholding his promises to voters.