OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme

PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #6: Grenada's Future

What do you see here? (Addressed to the whole group)

Yellow flowers  –  Pattern on gate  –   Fence railing

A tree without leaves  –   Tamarind tree   –  Rusted iron

A variety of green  –   Shadow  –   Electrical pole

Blue summer sky  –   Dead tree stem   –  Cassia tree

White clouds  –   Green shrubs

Why did you take this photo? (Addressed to the photographer)

In the context of the crystal ball PhotoVoice prompt, I captured this shot to say that we need to preserve our trees for both cultural and fresh air purposes. In terms of Grenada’s future, if we can save the trees we can save the world. You might ask yourself: But how can we save trees? First, trees are signs of life. When we grow trees we support our water cycle. Economically, we need water for agricultural reasons, health, and consumption. Think about it, we do not have to spend lots of money to save the planet right here, right now. In general, we have lost use of the Botanical Garden as a means of agricultural education. We need to advocate to bring that back. Also, the Botanical Garden is used as a social gathering/liming spot and attraction for local school children.

What is really happening here? (Addressed to the whole group—alternatively what does the photograph represent?)

As life would have it, in our attempt to save the trees, we have also encountered an iron barrier (a fenced railing) in front of the blooming tree (with yellow flowers, but no leaves) that embodies a series of restrictiveness in spite of some growth. In terms of limitations, Grenada’s general and departmental funds are steadily running low. Restrictiveness is also hinted in the ways in which our culture is contaminated, because of financial mismanagement and our legacies are becoming too diluted, due, in part, to influxes of external cultural influences. More so, the fenced railing in front of the tree implies that Grenada is a socially protected nation. In contrast, the bright blue sky signifies hope and yearning for a better future—for transformation, increased prosperity, and divine intervention. The yellow flowers on the leafless tree connote the continuity of Grenada’s bloodline. And since yellow is associated with health and well-being, its presence in this “Save the Trees” photograph suggests that it is a sign of promise for Grenada’s future.

PHOTO Title: Save the trees

Photograph Location: Tanteen, St. George’s

Photographer: Horace George