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ENVIRONMENTAL VISIONARY DR. COLIN HUDSON PASSES AWAY
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (February 22, 2004) Caribbean
and international development organisations are expressing shock at the
unexpected passing of international environmental pioneer and nature enthusiast
Dr. Colin Hudson in Barbados over the weekend. Dr. Hudson was the director
of "Treading Lightly",
a centre for problem-solving for sustainable development.
LeLaulu, President of Counterpart International, and Dr.
Basil Springer, Chairman of Counterpart Caribbean, were saddened to
hear of Dr. Hudson's demise and are remembering the Englishman, who had
made Barbados his home for several decades, as a pioneer in the field
of sustainable development and a gift to the Caribbean region.
"It is with deep regret that I advise that Dr. Colin
Hudson passed away last night," said Dr. Springer in today's communiqué
to Counterpart Caribbean's Board of Directors. "I spoke to him in
the field less than two weeks ago and there was no overt indication that
he was suffering in any way. Colin will be sadly missed by the sustainable
Dr. Springer described Dr. Hudson as the visionary behind
the "Village of Hope" exhibition
which complemented the official business at the 1994
United Nations Conference on the Sustainable Development
of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Barbados. The exhibit led
to the establishment of the Future Centre
Trust in Edgehill, St. Thomas, before Counterpart
Caribbean, in partnership with the Washington DC-base Counterpart
International, accepted the responsibility to deepen its regional and
international development mandate three years ago.
LeLaulu, a Pacific Islander who helped organise the Barbados
conference, said Dr. Hudson's loss is being felt beyond the 166 square
miles of Barbados. "I am deeply saddened. This is a difficult loss
because Dr.Hudson represented a bright light in the dark decisions that
are being made globally that degrade planet Earth. His passion, energy
and genius will be remembered and even more highly valued in the years
UN Assistant Secretary-General Miles Stoby, hailed Dr.
Hudson for taking on the challenge given by the Barbados Governor General
and international champion of the NGO movement, the late Dame Nita Barrow
to coordinate the important "Village of Hope" exhibit. "The
exhibit was solution-oriented," recalled Stoby, "focusing on
many of the sustainable development challenges islands faced and some
of the simple decisions we need to take to heal the planet. The UN family
is deeply indebted to Dr. Hudson for his contribution to global sustainable
Dr. Springer said Counterpart Caribbean, currently in
the process of developing The Future Centre into a fully fledged educational
and recreational tourism attraction, for the benefit of children, residents
and tourists alike, that will foster holistic sustainable development
in the years to come, will ensure that Dr. Hudson's legacy is remembered
and valued, especially among the youth of Barbados and the wider Caribbean.
February 23 Counterpart International (Press release)