For the last four years this blog has been the proverbial voice crying in the wilderness calling attention to the environmental, social and economic disaster that has befallen the Road View/Mullins area as a result of ongoing beach erosion. Those cries have largely fallen on death ears in Bridgetown, apathy on the part of most Barbadians, and intimidation and victimization from a small but powerful few. Truth be told, many times this blogger was tempted to throw in the towel, but it was always a sense of the truthfulness, righteousness and justice of the cause, and the calling - if not me, who? - that strengthened and sustained even in the darkest hours. Today that struggle and sacrifice are validated by Conde Nast Traveler's (one of the largest and most trusted travel publishers in the world) selecting and highlighting Mullins Bay, Barbados as one of their seven "beach destinations around the world in danger of disappearing forever due to forces such aserosion,pollution,rising sea levels,reckless overdevelopment, andsand mining. "
It represents not just the power of the Internet to give a voice to the voiceless, but also the efficacy and validation of blogging as a tool to bring about social, economic and environmental change. That change is still a future goal, but this Conde Nast posting is reassuring us that day cannot be far away. This is not the first time Conde Nast has highlighted the destruction of the west coast of Barbados, so the question has to be - how long can the powers that be continue to ignore them and others calling attention to the problems and hope to maintain a competitive tourism economy in Barbados?