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Bush Melee by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute and Media Impact

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PCI Media Impact and Radio NBC St. Vincent, 29 February 2012
 
This four-part radio drama, contained within a programme Bush Talk, aimed to promote awareness of environmental issues and forestry management practices among young listeners.
 
Written and produced by local people, it focused on life and livelihoods around St Vincent. The central character Mavis, a jewelry maker, struggled single-handedly to look after her six children. Another character, Mr. Pappyshow, was known by all for his bad attitude and taste for rum.

The four short (7-8 minute dramas) followed the fast paced twists and turns in the characters' lives, revealing first and foremost the important issues about the environment, and how such issues shaped the protagonists' lives. Such issues included the negative impact of slash and burn agriculture - in other words, cutting down trees and plants and burning excess fauna and flora - on the forest, the importance of a healthy environment, and the ways in which food could be put on a family's dinner table without harming the environment.

Sometimes the dramas did have a proselytizing feel about them, as if communicating the message was more significant than the way in which it was constructed, but they nonetheless contained some memorable vignettes from a predominantly amateur cast. Although intended for a specific target group, these plays can be appreciated by anyone searching for something a little different in radio dramatic fare.