Here in Jamaica, the sun is shining and a gentle breeze blows. But we cannot say the same thing for many of our Caribbean neighbours, who are struggling to pick up the pieces after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has shared some timely information … More Minister of Foreign Affairs Comments on Our Week of Disasters – and How We Can Help
BirdsCaribbean is reeling after the onslaught of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, this hateful month of September, 2017. As I write, Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques, the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas are all under Hurricane Warning, as Hurricane Maria continues to batter … More Please Help Bird Conservationists in the Caribbean After Two Dreadful Hurricanes
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?
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
As I mentioned recently, Jamaica House has opened a new petition portal – rather like President Obama’s White House petition page. Jamaica Environment Trust and a range of civil society/environmental advocates have opened a petition to Save Cockpit Country. Yes, I have written about this many times before, and there have been public consultations, many … More Stakeholders Petition Jamaica House to Save Cockpit Country
This week’s Photo Challenge asks us to “explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire.” Photographing air is a real challenge, I would say. I’m a Fire Sign (Aries) so the first thing I thought of was photographs I took of forest fires in the hills of St. Mary. I wasn’t able to … More The Elements (But It’s Hard to Photograph Air)