MUCH is being said about the use of the colour green, from pension books to the name of the nation’s national development strategy of sustainability. In particular, former speaker Ralph Ramkarran has been vocal on this issue, even though there is little to really be said.
In a country where the national flag features green more than any other colour, and which is primarily covered by green foliage, it is just not practical to politicise the colour.
Realistically, most of Guyana is green, because we live in the Amazon, the most famous rainforest in the world! How can we avoid using green when the colour is a fundamental part of our national rainforest identity?
On another point, the former speaker says the “Green” development strategy could have been called by another name to mitigate the idea of political bias towards the coalition, as this is a party colour. Perhaps he said this hoping we can return to the Low Carbon Development Strategy branding.
Most Guyanese will however agree that “Green development” rolls of the tongue far better than “Low Carbon Development,” while communicating many of the same principles. So maybe it is that the real issue with the colour green is that the opposition is just jealous of the better branding the administration is demonstrating. Green is simply useful because we live in the green rainforest and emphasise preserving nature in our national development strategy. On that, there is just not much more to be said.