Civic Pride Plea: Mayor Wagner Urges Residents to Keep Belize City Streets Clean
Wagner says that while the council has been doing its part to keep the city clean, citizens need to chip in to ensure the streets remain free of garbage. He says that there is a lack of civic pride among residents, which is attributed to the increase in litter across the city. Today, he pleaded with residents to be proud of their communities and keep them clean.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “We have new emerging issues in respect like I mentioned before, climate change in respect to building inclusive and resilient communities, building communities where there is less crime and there is less environmental degradation. As a city we see it every day and we as citizens have to begin to recognize that we, in our own way, right, really contribute to environmental degradation. I was at the pumping station passing through, and I seen the machine, the screws pumping, and then I am seeing all the debris and the plastic bottles and the… We as citizens, and I’ll continue to emphasize that don’t wait until the flood come in front of your gate as a resident or as a family, begin to recognize that you have to play a role in getting the drains clean in front of your area, in exercising civic pride, in exercising a call as Belizeans, as residents of the city, that you have a role to play as well. Not only the municipality, not only the mayor and the city councilors have a role to play, you as a resident has that role to play.”