Caribbean and international development organisations are expressing shock at the unexpected passing of international environmental pioneer and nature enthusiast Dr. Colin Hudson in Barbados over the weekend. Dr. Hudson was the director of “Treading Lightly”, a centre for problem-solving for sustainable development.
Lelei LeLaulu, President of Counterpart International, and Dr. Basil Springer, Chairman of Counterpart Caribbean, were saddened to hear of Dr. Hudson’s demise and are remembering the Englishman, who had made Barbados his home for several decades, as a pioneer in the field of sustainable development and a gift to the Caribbean region.
“It is with deep regret that I advise that Dr. Colin Hudson passed away last night,” said Dr. Springer in yesterday’s communiquй to Counterpart Caribbean’s Board of Directors. “I spoke to him in the field less than two weeks ago and there was no overt indication that he was suffering in any way. Colin will be sadly missed by the sustainable development family.”
Dr. Springer described Dr. Hudson as the visionary behind the “Village of Hope” exhibition which complemented the official business at the 1994 United Nations Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Barbados. The exhibit led to the establishment of the Future Centre Trust in Edgehill, St. Thomas, before Counterpart Caribbean, in partnership with the Washington DC-based Counterpart International, accepted the responsibility to deepen its regional and international development mandate three years ago.