Sixteen days to put violence against women on the activist agenda in Jamaica

Today (November 26) is International Day Against Violence Against Women, which begins the Sixteen Days of Activism. As always, this issue will be high on the agenda among human rights activists across the island. Violence against women haunts us. In August, I wrote about the case of a young woman whose body has never been … More Sixteen days to put violence against women on the activist agenda in Jamaica

Urgent statement re: mining-related activities in SML173 – Cockpit Country, Jamaica

The lobby group Freedom Imaginaries is raising the alarm. Please read their statement below carefully. This morning I attended a conference which provided valuable updates on the Kingston Harbour Ecosystem Adaptation Measures Project (KHEAM). This impressive project, spearheaded by the GraceKennedy Foundation, embraces several partners and is ensuring full community involvement and buy-in. I met … More Urgent statement re: mining-related activities in SML173 – Cockpit Country, Jamaica

Hurry! BirdsCaribbean is offering THREE grant opportunities

Students, early career professionals, researchers, individuals or organisations now have the opportunity to apply for any one of three grants now on offer from BirdsCaribbean. The deadline for all three is Friday November 25, 2022, 11:59 pm EDT. Hurry up and apply! The David S. Lee Fund for the Conservation of Caribbean Birds is named … More Hurry! BirdsCaribbean is offering THREE grant opportunities

More than a glimmer of hope at deep sea mining talks in Jamaica, and perhaps a sea change in the making

As the 27th Conference of Parties (signatory countries) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – COP27 for short – gets under way in Egypt, another important meeting is taking place in downtown Kingston, Jamaica: Part III of the 27th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The session opened on October … More More than a glimmer of hope at deep sea mining talks in Jamaica, and perhaps a sea change in the making

Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance Statement on COP27: Bold, urgent, accelerated action needed

The Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance has released a Statement ahead of the UN Climate Conference (COP27), which will take place from November 6 – 18, 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Right now, technocrats are busy getting their documents in order; emission-unfriendly planes and private jets are being boarded; and political leaders are polishing up their … More Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance Statement on COP27: Bold, urgent, accelerated action needed

Greenpeace urges governments to stop deep sea mining at upcoming negotiations in Jamaica (and thank you, New Zealand!)

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is meeting again at its headquarters in Kingston, from October 31 to November 11. So, what has changed since the last meeting, and what are the prospects for this one? Well, the good news is that the New Zealand Government today (October 27, 2022) decided to support a global moratorium … More Greenpeace urges governments to stop deep sea mining at upcoming negotiations in Jamaica (and thank you, New Zealand!)

Jamaican solar and energy conservation company lights up in energy transition

We need more stories on climate change (and solutions) written by regional (Caribbean) writers. This was the idea behind Climate Tracker’s Caribbean Energy Transition Journalism Programme for thirty young journalists from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana. Sad to say (and I am not sure why) Jamaicans taking advantage of this opportunity were few and … More Jamaican solar and energy conservation company lights up in energy transition

Partnering for women’s advocacy in Guyana under the Spotlight Initiative

Progress continues, steadily and surely, on issues relating to sexual and reproductive rights, gender equality (my thoughts from 2020 here) and gender-based violence in the Caribbean (in addition to LGBT rights, to a much more limited extent perhaps). It may seem rather patchy, here and there, but sometimes small battles, as well as the large … More Partnering for women’s advocacy in Guyana under the Spotlight Initiative

Young Caribbean conservationists talk about wetlands and shorebirds (the good and the depressing)

It’s a mixed picture. BirdsCaribbean’s recent webinar on “Shorebirds of the Atlantic Flyway: How Recent Work to Conserve Wetlands is Contributing to Species and Habitat Resilience in the Caribbean and Beyond” took place on September 15, and can be found on their YouTube channel here. I can only describe it as heartening and disheartening, in … More Young Caribbean conservationists talk about wetlands and shorebirds (the good and the depressing)