What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?


Happy National Tree Planting Day! Many years ago, we moved into our house in what was then a relatively green, leafy area of uptown Kingston. Charles, who used to clean up our yard, insisted that we should cut down every single tree and bush. Otherwise, thieves and murderers would find places to hide behind them, … More What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?

More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed


As mentioned in the previous blog post, work goes on, steadily, to understand more about, and find solutions to the many challenges climate change confronts us with. The parish of Clarendon is unusually vulnerable to floods. Disaster risk reduction is high on the list. In recent heavy rains, we saw photos of main roads turned … More More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed

Working on the Front Lines Against Climate Change: The Farmers of Peckham, Clarendon


While global leaders and technocrats talk and negotiate and plan and argue in conference rooms and at international meetings, back home and on the ground, work is quietly going on. The challenges are many, for those who live with climate change now on a daily basis. But solutions there are. At this point, nobody is … More Working on the Front Lines Against Climate Change: The Farmers of Peckham, Clarendon

The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook


There was a lovely book launch at the Institute of Jamaica last Monday morning. It was all about a book titled Breadfruit Recipes, Sweet and Savoury, by Andrea V. Whyte. The Lecture Hall is to me always a delight, with its wooden floors and its soft pink and dove grey furnishings. I sat at the end of a … More The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition


As I write, three outstanding young Jamaicans have been selected to attend the UN Youth Climate Summit on September 21 in New York. I spent some time with two of them recently at a climate change forum in rural Portland. Dainalyn Swaby was one of 100 young activists worldwide who won “Green Tickets.” The Japan Caribbean Climate … More The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition