For the past few days, I have been wrapped up in social media posts – looking at photos and videos of broken buildings, ravaged landscapes and water – water everywhere – whether salt or fresh it is hard to tell, and likely a mixture of the two. Even in Kingston, Jamaica – well outside the … More Hurricane Irma: Will the Caribbean Ever Be the Same?
Originally posted on Zeebra Designs & Destinations:
Balancing at the top of a palm tree… “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of…
Here we are in Kingston, right on the very edge of Hurricane Irma’s huge spiral of destruction. Lightning flickers, the thunder is terrifying our dogs, and we have had very heavy rain for the last hour or two. The Caribbean has been thrown into turmoil in the wake of Irma, which is making its way up … More The Cost of Storms: Some Caribbean Islands to Receive Payouts from CCRIF After Irma’s Devastation
Our region – our scattering of islands, large and small – has never felt so vulnerable in the face of the monstrous Hurricane Irma, which has devastated the little island of Barbuda, besides Saint Martin/Sint Maarten and the Virgin Islands. Irma is a little closer to us now, and right over the Turks and Caicos … More Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paying Close Attention to Hurricane Irma
The slow-motion disaster that is Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Harvey, which began last week shows no signs of easing, as I write. The storm is about to make a “second landfall” in Louisiana. Here is a press release – which I am posting somewhat belatedly – from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade regarding assistance … More Supporting Jamaicans Affected by Tropical Storm Harvey
Defenders of the Earth. That’s what they are. They stand up to the might of huge multinational firms, the governments that are often in their pockets, criminals, poachers and illegal loggers. They are community members, mothers, fathers. They do not only defend forests and rivers, endangered species and “protected” areas. They also defend the rights … More Environmental Defenders are Fighting for Humanity – We Must Fight for Them, Too
Waste management isn’t one of those “sexy” topics, I know. Yet, it is becoming an increasingly important conversation across the region. It is simply something that we have to deal with. I had a conversation recently with Vincent Sweeney, who heads the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kingston; and … More What a (Lot of) Waste! Thoughts on the Recent Caribbean Waste Management Conference