President of the Green Party Solomon Islands and candidate for the Gao-Bugotu Constituency, Ernest Kolly, is driving a development policy remarkably different to the other parties.
Think Big Start Small aims to set realistic and sustainable development goals that will bring prosperity for all Solomon Islanders, not just a few. Kolly brings to the table decades of experience working in and teaching environmental health.
“Development policy within the country’s 50 constituencies must appropriate for the community, sustainable for the environment and utilising available resources to kick-start projects.
“By protecting the country’s natural resources and creating sustainable industries, we can create opportunities for secure and fulfilling employment for Solomon Islanders.”
Kolly takes inspiration from an initiative underway by the youths of Poro village in Gao-Bugotu Constituency venturing into a solar-powered fisheries project.
“We’re blessed with beautiful islands with white sandy beaches and turquoise seas full of marine life. We don’t need a million dollars to put up a bungalow homestay. We just need to promote community-based marine conservation and so forth to attract tourists.”
Kolly advocates protecting Solomon Islands forests from logging activities, and embracing eco-tourism and carbon trading as the way of the future. Kolly said the amount of money that Solomon Islands would gain from conserving its forests would triple the amount derived from logging in 10 to 30 years and therefore the country should seriously consider embarking on carbon trading before its forest resources are further depleted.
GPSI will be be running Ernest Kolly in Gao/ Bugotu constituency, Redlee Ausopa in Maringe/Kokota constituency, and Ruddy Oti contesting Temotu Nende province.
Kolly says “We are hopeful at least one GPSI candidate will be elected. It is important our voice is heard and we have a say in the highest decision-making body in the land.”