by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The St. Kitts and Nevis Postal Service celebrated “World Post Day” on Sunday, October 09, 2022, under the global theme “Post for Planet”.
World Post Day is celebrated each year on October 9, to create awareness of the postal sector and the role it plays worldwide.
Minister with responsibility for Post in the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Konris Maynard issued a statement in observance of World Post Day, stating that the postal service plays an integral role in ensuring a greener planet.
Maynard said, “The St. Kitts and Nevis Postal Service, as a global player in the delivery of goods and services has an important role to play in reducing our carbon footprint and making our planet greener in the face of climate change.
“It is evident for years that climate change is real. We only have to view the international news to see the effects of climate change on countries around the world, whether it is historic flooding, severe droughts, more frequent and intense storms and hurricanes and frequent wildfires. These cannot be ignored. Even in our very own St. Kitts and Nevis, we have been experiencing significant periods of droughts over the past several years. In fact, rainfall in our Federation has decreased by about 20% just in the last decade”said Maynard.
He added, “Several years ago, the General Post Office and Sub-Post Offices replaced their lighting with more efficient LED Bulbs to be more energy conscious. The Post Office will further engage the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Sustainable Development to continue other energy saving initiatives in keeping with our country’s goal to go green. The Post Office will also partner with the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology in the digital transformation of our services to minimize paper use and increase efficiency of the services we deliver. Of course, there is much more that can be done and will be done to reduce our carbon footprint, such as the use of electric vehicles and the like.”
Maynard also said, “We cannot do it alone though, but are committed to the collective effort that is required of everyone to reduce climate change with climate action. Our very survival depends on all of us respecting the Planet we live on and being good stewards of the environment.”
In celebration of World Post Day, Maynard and the staff of the St.Kitts- Nevis Postal Service worshiped at the Destiny International Church in Basseterre. The day was selected as it marks the anniversary of the formation of the Universal Postal Union in 1874.