After the first English settlement at Holetown in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until achieving independence from Britain on November 30th 1966. In June 1966 at Lancaster House in London, the Barbados Constitutional Conference was convened and all parties were unanimous in wishing Barbados to attain its independence and formally join the Commonwealth of Nations. At the stroke of midnight on 29 November 1966, Barbados became an independent, sovereign state and The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow became our first Prime Minister.
In 2015 the Independence Secretariat was set up to coordinate activities in celebration of Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence. The Ministry of Environment, along with the rest of the public service has been invited to participate in a year long celebration of Barbados’ Golden Anniversary of Independence. This ‘Golden Jubilee’ will consist of 12 months of public awareness activities.
The Ministry of Environment has been assigned the month of June, World Environment Month, in which to conduct its celebratory activities. We ask that you stay tuned to our various communication channels for information on upcoming activities.