This article by Editor in Chief Marilyn Hoff is republished from ensia.com as a follow-up to my previous post. Insect populations are declining around the world. How worried should we be? Widely reported studies this year and last led to headlines globally of an “insect Armageddon.” The real story is more nuanced — but probably … More Insect Populations are Declining Around the World. How Worried Should We Be?
I saw a post on Instagram today from the Natural History Museum of Jamaica: two schoolgirls, frowning slightly, holding between them a container full of insects (one was a butterfly). The girls were participating in the Museum’s Biodiversity Awareness Programme. (Please see details of the NHMJ’s Earth Day competition at the end of this article!) … More All Creatures Great and Small
I am copying and pasting below two letters regarding the planned captive dolphin facility at Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay – a designated fish sanctuary – for the benefit of the cruise ship industry. Many of these arguments against such a project (which is not, by the way, “ecotourism” or “sustainable tourism” just because … More Writing Letters About Discovery Bay Captive Dolphin Facility – But Are the Dolphins Arriving Next Week?
While the politicians and others are enjoying the launch of Reggae Month today, we know – we know – that music is in Jamaica’s DNA. It goes without saying really. The recent designation of Reggae Music on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO (belatedly) underscores this. However, I would question … More Compelling Voices for Climate Change
Jamaica’s cultural calendar is a year-round phenomenon, and it’s expanding. While this is not the only aspect of our creative industries, it is gratifying to see more support for reggae music evolving. Digital media entrepreneur Tyrone Wilson (who celebrated a decade in business last year) is busy again, breaking new ground. Over Christmas last year, … More More Support for Jamaican Music Festivals
It’s not easy to write the kind of book that Jamaican-born coach and facilitator Marguerite Orane has produced. It may look easy to write a thoughtful but cheerful memoir (of sorts) that “keeps it real” about family, migration and ageing. But to get the right tone – not to be too self-indulgent, but to be open … More “What’s the Point?” Marguerite Orane Shrugs, Laughs and Moves On
I have done a lot of celebrating in the past week or two, as we move down towards Christmas. One project that I am proud to have been involved with (in a small way) was the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre’s (WROC) Strengthening a Culture of Integrity in Jamaica project, implemented in collaboration with National Integrity Action … More Women’s Empowerment Group Graduates From Integrity and Advocacy Programme in Style