Jamaica’s Net Zero Energy Building: What It’s All About and Why It’s Important


Did you know that Jamaica now has the first and only Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in the Caribbean? We are all concerned about energy savings and efficiency, as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and their impact on climate change. In 2010 buildings accounted for 32 % of total global final energy use and 19 % … More Jamaica’s Net Zero Energy Building: What It’s All About and Why It’s Important

Jamaica’s Garbage Issue


As I write, people are frantically cleaning up Montego Bay after devastating floods on Wednesday afternoon destroyed businesses, washed away houses, carried vendors’ wares floating downstream and turned cars upside down, flipped over by the torrent. Gullies and a river overflowed. The whole of the low-lying downtown area was flooded. Apart from the extreme weather … More Jamaica’s Garbage Issue

Nominations Open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards


The deadline is Thursday, December 14. Don’t leave it too late to apply – or nominate someone! 14 November 2017 Nominations Open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards Nominations are now open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work. This special edition of the awards will coincide with the Commonwealth Youth … More Nominations Open for the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Awards

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Welcome Announcement by Prime Minister


Our precious Cockpit Country is now formally, and officially, protected. At last, the waiting is over and a decision has been made. Please find below a press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group which, while noting one specific concern, welcomes the Government’s efforts to find a solution, with all the conflicting interests. As I noted yesterday, … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Welcome Announcement by Prime Minister

A Momentous Day of Decision on Cockpit Country


Today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness made his long-awaited Statement in Parliament on the boundaries of the Cockpit Country. There are mixed reactions this evening. The Jamaica Environment Trust has noted that the new boundary agreed on by Cabinet represents 67 per cent of the proposed Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group boundary, which was the widest one. However…the … More A Momentous Day of Decision on Cockpit Country

Canada Announces Major Funding for Reconstruction and Climate Resilience in the Caribbean Region


CARICOM is a 15 member body. It also has five associate states and eight observer states. Of the 15 states, two were significantly affected by the recent hurricanes (Antigua/Barbuda, and Dominica). Three Associate Members were impacted (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands). I assume that it is primarily the first-named countries … More Canada Announces Major Funding for Reconstruction and Climate Resilience in the Caribbean Region

Support Young Women in STEM! The Blue and Gold Project


  Just a quick bird note: I have been in touch with Aliya Hosein, who is a Trinidadian and a Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) Fellow. Aliya holds a BSc in Biology and MSc in Sustainable Development and Conservation in the Caribbean (with Distinction) from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. She … More Support Young Women in STEM! The Blue and Gold Project