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"Dr. Colin Hudson's contribution has been extraordinary
and it wont be easy to replace his boundless energy, encyclopaedic knowledge
and willingness to share expertise." This is the opinion of Richard
Hoad a Barbadian farmer and social commentator.
Yet Colin Hudson, like the rest us who dare stand in front
of the runaway freight trains of greed and “development” will
have failed in his mission. Water restrictions have come early this year
but will any Bajans follow his example and install waterless toilets to
save this precious resource? (Water, not food, is the commodity over which
man will fight in the future, Colin kept reminding us.)
Who will sort, recycle and reuse garbage to avoid landfill
mountains? Who will “tread lightly” on the world's rapidly
disappearing resources? Who will save what's left of our agricultural
land, so we can feed ourselves?
The loss of agricultural land was one of Colin's greatest
nightmares and he kept highlighting the staggering statistics. Who cares?
The fisherfolk who farm the sea are bemoaning the loss
of their fishing grounds. Government is doing its utmost to protect them.
Yet it allows good agricultural land to be bulldozed for development while
unproductive land is available. <
February 29 Terry Ally (Sunday Sun)
I have for sometime been of the opinion that Colin's contributions
to Barbados had not been suitably recognized by the powers that be during
his lifetime. But then neither was Van Gogh, who sold just one painting
before his death and that was to his brother. Dozens of his works were
dumped after his death, because the people around him were unable to see
Colin's light is already out there, and piercing the gloom
so that many millions will eventually see it and through them their countries
will easier be able to steer clear of the environmental rocks which now
encircle so much of our wasteful and polluted world.
We at the Barbados National Trust miss him very much,
but we are confident that because of his work people far beyond the shores
of his adopted and beloved home Barbados, will enjoy better lives.
Finally, on behalf of all those involved in erecting this
memorial I thank Colin's Dad for the generous donation he made to the
February 23 Counterpart
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
Lelei 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. <
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Compliments of the Barbados
A TRIBUTE to Colin Dr. Colin Hudson - Press release from the Ministry
of Housing, Lands and the Environment on the death of Dr Colin Dr. Colin
“IN OUR WAY of life, with every decision we make,
we always keep in mind the Seventh Generation of children to come. When
we walk upon Mother Earth we always plant our feet carefully, because
we know that faces of future generations are looking up at us from beneath
the ground. We never forget them” (Oren Lyons, Faith-keeper, Onondaga
Nations, Earth Day 1993 pledge)
THIS QUOTATION summarises eloquently the philosophy that
guided Dr. Colin Hudson 's approach to life. It was with great sadness
this ministry learnt of his passing. <
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February 23 CERN (Press release)
By Caribbean Environmental Reporters'
In 1961, Hudson came to Barbados to work initially on
sugar cane agronomy after studying agronomy at Cambridge University. He
later immigrated, completing a prize-winning doctorate at the University
of the West Indies in 1968 and working with the acclaimed Barbadian agriculturalist
and biologist, the late Graham Gooding.
Hudson's friend of 35 years, agriculturalist Keith
Laurie, told CBC Television Monday that Hudson saw the need for mechanisation
in the sugar industry and shifted his focus from agronomy to technology,
developing a harvester for sugar cane.
Forming the company, Carib Agro-Industries Limited, Hudson
invented harvesters for sugar, yam and cassava and obtained 20 patents
for his machines which were used around the world. In honour of his acheivement,
he was awarded membership of the Barbados Association of Professional
Engineers although the inventor was not a certified engineer, Laurie said.
Widely known as a tireless and fertile source of ideas,
information and inventions, Hudson wrote more than 200 papers during a
43-year career in agronomy, engineering and environmentalism.
In 1994, the Barbados Governor General and NGO leader,
Dame Nita Barrow, urged him to create
an exposition of low-cost sustainable technologies to coincide with the
landmark United Nations conference on the sustainable development of small
island developing states (SIDS).
"[The Village of Hope]
was one of his greatest creations", said Laurie who worked with Hudson
to develop an eco-farm exhibit, a model organic farm on grounds near the
conference site. He said exhibit attracted 2500 school children.
"The exhibit was solution-oriented," said United
Nations Assistant Secretary-General Miles Stoby, one of the figures behind
the 1994 SIDS conference. "[The Village of Hope focussed] 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
development imperatives." <
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AN APPRECIATION on the life of Dr Colin Hudson by Dr Joth
Singh, executive director of Caribbean
IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS that we at the Caribbean Conservation
Association learned of Dr Colin Hudson's passing.
Not only Barbados, but the region on a whole has lost
an outstanding environmentalist and inventor. Hudson will always be remembered
for the invaluable contribution he made in promoting practical solutions
to assist in conservation and sustainable development.
He lived the old adage of practising what you preach.
Through his inventions he demonstrated that conservation and sustainable
development were everyone's responsibility and not just a select few.
More importantly, he highlighted that they can be achieved
through creative ways and in some instances by simple means. His tyre
garden is a perfect example.
The environment has lost one of its strongest allies.
Though he may be gone, he'll never be forgotten, especially for his role
as co-ordinator of the Village Of Hope, a parallel activity to the United
Nations Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island
Developing States, and as facilitator of the Future Centre Trust, an initiative
We at the Caribbean Conservation Association extend our
deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.
May he rest in peace.