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Protecting The Heart Of The Caribbean

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Lifestyle Columnist, Amanda Alexander

What and where is the heart? The human heart is the largest organ in the human body responsible for pumping blood and keeping us alive. It’s the place where emotions flow and our spirit grows. The heart is the core centre of our being and without it we’re physically dead. We can also exist and not live from the heart, have you ever heard of the saying ‘He’s got no heart’? Meaning though the person is alive, their cold actions evidence that they have no love nor care for man or beast.

As alluded to in my previous articles we are indeed living in turbulent times where we don’t know what’s going to happen from one moment to the next. The Bible tells us clearly to guard our heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life, Proverbs 4:23. However though we can protect our human heart, what about also guarding the heart, (the core centre) of the Caribbean Community?

The heart of this community is the waters. If we do not protect our Caribbean waters, otherwise known as ‘The Blue Economy’ then our people suffer.

According to the World Bank,  the blue economy is the “sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem.”1

The same way we would be diligent at protecting our human heart with the right diet, exercise, food and ensure that we do not put any junk in there, is the same way we should be protecting the heart of the Caribbean Community. If we do not look after our heart our body suffers, it’s the same that if we do not look after the heart of the Caribbean waters the people (body) suffers.

Did you know that “…Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today…

…80 percent of all marine pollution in the Caribbean region comes from land-based sources, mostly untreated wastewater, litter, and agricultural run-off (UNEP-CEP 2010, 2014 and UNEP-GPA 2016)…

Beaches and seafood polluted with microbes can make [everyone] sick. The illnesses include stomach flu and gastroenteritis, skin rashes, pink eye, respiratory infections, meningitis, and hepatitis (NRDC 2014) (Page 21)2

Government leaders are flocking to COP27 in Egypt to discuss climate issues etc, but while these discussions are going on, we can start doing something right where we are to ensure that we’re doing our bit to protect not put junk into the heart of the Caribbean. This can be achieved by ensuring that we ourselves are not polluting our land and sea with menstrual products made with chemical and plastic products.

If you’d like to become an agent of change in this area and earn extra income then contact me via www.femaledignity.co.uk

We are people with a loving heart let us use it to love and protect the heart of  our Caribbean Community!

So until next time, remember you are beautiful and wonderfully made – With love Amanda x

Amanda Alexander is a Pastor, Teacher, TV Media Journalist

Founder of Female Dignity, Warrior Women, Amanda Alexander Productions. She serves on the leadership team of New Life Church in Bishops Stortford and is ministry coordinator for Patrick’s Mission

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¹ https://www.un.org/regularprocess/sites/www.un.org.regularprocess/files/rok_part_2.pdf

² https://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/482391554225185720/pdf/Marine-Pollution-in-the-Caribbean-Not-a-Minute-to-Waste.pdf

Amanda Alexander

Amanda Alexander

Amanda Alexander is a TV Media Journalist, Founder & Managing Director of ‘Amanda Alexander Productions’. A Christian company committed to writing and producing Christian content.

She’s also the Founder and Director of Female Dignity, an organisation dedicated to providing machinery to girls and women in developing countries to make feminine products utilising the raw materials in their town/country.

As well as being an ordained Pastor and Minister of the gospel Amanda runs her ministry ‘Warrior Women’ which empowers ladies to live and walk in the ‘Fear of the Lord’. She also serves on the leadership team of New Life Church and as a ministry coordinator for Patrick’s Mission.

A Christian for over 25 years Amanda loves people and is adventurous. To contact Amanda please visit her website www.femaledignity.co.uk [email protected] or 07494444064.


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