A passion for Planet Earth

That is all. That’s my passion, and if you read a few of my blog posts, or read my tweets (@petchary) you will quickly realize this.

This was a Bloganuary prompt a few days ago; yes, I am still a few days behind.

So, I am passionate about the following:

Climate change: How it is impacting small island developing states like ours, what we are doing about it, what other countries are doing about it, what are the problems, what are the solutions;

Environmental defenders and environmental justice: So many in this hemisphere have suffered and died for their cause. I want to honor them more and to support environmental justice wherever it is, but especially in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Jamaica first and foremost;

Biodiversity: The silent crisis that will inevitably lead to our own demise as a human race. Animals, birds, insects, plants, trees. Everything is connected, but we don’t seem to be able to grasp this;

And on that note: Birds, birds, birds! Caribbean birds, Jamaican birds, the birds in our yard, all birds. I have an affinity with them that I cannot describe in words, honestly;

Trees: Especially in our own urban area, where they are rapidly disappearing. Native trees;

Supporting local environmental NGOs in every way I can: I used to be more active physically, at beach clean-ups and other activities. Nowadays, thanks to COVID-19 (and growing old!) I try to support in other ways, mainly through advocacy and writing;

Solid waste management/plastics: This implacable, endless wave of plastic is a nightmare. Solutions are there, but ultimately it is the producers of plastic that bear the responsibility. It is a huge problem. Recycling Partners of Jamaica are trying to get as much of it off and recycled as possible. A circular economy is probably the answer…

Jamaica’s environment: Not only its lovely beaches, but also the lushness of Cockpit Country, the shadowy depths of the mangroves, the rushing rivers, the mountains twirling white mist like chiffon scarves.

All of the above, and everything that goes with it.


2 thoughts on “A passion for Planet Earth

  1. A great thing to be passionate about. Your statement here, “Everything is connected, but we don’t seem to be able to grasp this,” is absolutely true! If only each of us could understand the fullness of that statement things would be very different.

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    1. The thing is we see ourselves S separate from the environment, when we are really a part of it. I don’t know why it’s so hard to understand. Yes, things would (and still could be) SO different. I hope it won’t be too late.

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