Guest Info

Andre de Caires is a Grenadian-born individual who grew up in Trinidad from the age of 3. He attended the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, where he obtained an Associate Diploma in Horticulture in 1983. 

In 1987, he moved to Saint Lucia and was hired by the government to manage agricultural diversification. In 1997, he co-founded the Industrial Hemp Initiative. He is the author of The Ganja Document (available on Google). From 2010 to 2020, he served as the chair of the Cannabis Movement and has been the leader of the Green Party since 2010.

Andre entered politics out of frustration with the trade-off between economic progress and ecological decline.

About the Show

In recent years, the beautiful country of Saint Lucia has witnessed a dramatic rise in gang-related violence, with weapons of death, including submachine guns, being wielded by those marginalised by a lack of socio-economic progress. St Lucia is home to over 20,000 Global Indians, many of whom live in Vieux Fort – an area that has seen a dramatic rise in gang war.

Join Chief Explorer Rajan Nazran and Andre de Caires, leader of the opposition and the Green Party, in this podcast as he shares his insights on gangs, crimes, and how they can be eliminated through a green revolution. With 25 years of experience in the country, Caires has actively worked to bring about positive change. 

Gangs and crimes are not solely the failure of individuals but are reflective of societal issues. Caires discusses the impact of unemployment on youth, leading them towards illegal activities and involvement in gang warfare, which tarnishes the country’s reputation as a tourist destination. He highlights the importance of returning to agriculture to foster personal growth and combat unemployment. 

Caires envisions a gang-free country and calls for the government to fulfil its promises. By implementing a green revolution, he believes society can be transformed into a civilised and sustainable one.

Please tune in to hear his powerful message and support his efforts to guide misguided youth and create a better society.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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