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Dr. Colin Hudson

BARBADOS' BEST KNOWN environmentalist and innovator, Dr Colin Hudson, is dead.

Hudson, who turned 66 just 38 days ago, died of a suspected heart attack at his Edgehill, St Thomas home in the wee hours of yesterday morning as he was preparing for the regular Sunday morning hike which he had been leading for 25 years.

Fresh after graduating from Cambridge University, he came to Barbados in the mid-1960s on a short-term contract for Sir John Saint. When his contract expired, Sir John asked him to remain.

Hudson was one of the advisors to the United Nation's environmental project, Greening Barbados, and more recently Green Expo 2003, and was the coordinator of the hugely successful Village of Hope of the 1994 United Nations Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.

He is survived by his father, 95-year-old John Hudson, of England, children Stella, of Wales, and Chris, of England, and partner Maureen Watson, of Barbados.

February 23 Report (Daily Nation)
(front page)

February 27 Joth Singh (Weekend Nation)

AN APPRECIATION on the life of Dr Colin Hudson by Dr Joth Singh, executive director of Caribbean Conservation Association

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 of Hope.

We at the Caribbean Conservation Association extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.

May he rest in peace.



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