When the head of the UN Environment Programme Erik Solheim visited Jamaica in December, 2016 he pointed to three priorities for the Caribbean: Pollution, Oceans and Ecosystem Preservation. When I asked him what he considered the most serious form of pollution, the unhesitating response was: “Air pollution.” There are several sources of air pollution in Jamaica, depending … More Clean Air Fi Breathe! Air Pollution in Jamaica
Atewa Forest is far away, in Ghana, west Africa. Yet, Ghana is a country with which Jamaica has a shared and significant history. This story of Atewa Forest strikes some chords with us, too. It is a story of biodiversity; of the threat of bauxite mining; of endangered and endemic species; of important forests; and … More Save Atewa Forest, Ghana From Bauxite Mining
The weather is warming, and could it really be the month of March? Agriculture: There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the coffee industry. There are rumours that the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in the Blue Mountains, now owned by Michael Lee-Chin (who knew?) may close, but these have been denied. Caribbean: We think we … More Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018
The past week has been…well, one of some uncertainty, rather like the weather (odd little showers, appearing and disappearing). Mixed signals, perhaps. There is a lot to think about, and to discuss. Caribbean: The Caribbean Export Development Agency and Caribbean Development Bank have joined forces to help provide easier access to finance for women-owned businesses – … More A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
James Ellsmoor is an energetic young man who believes passionately in renewable energy. Now, his organisation, Solar Head of State, in partnership with the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre, has launched a competition in Jamaican schools. It is aimed at encouraging students to research and understand more about renewables and to be creative in their entries. Here … More Jamaica Community Solar Competition Launched!
I often mention the support given to Jamaica by the Japanese Government, because I like their focus and the projects that they choose to fund. So, here is a little overview about a diplomatic visit this week. I’m concerned about the coffee industry. I also did not know there were as many as 40 Japanese volunteers … More Director General of Japan’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau Visits Minister Johnson Smith
Whatever happened to January? Meanwhile, the issues pile up in Jamaica, with politics high on the agenda and all sorts of complexities in between. Phew! Agriculture: Juliet Holness, M.P., is forging ahead with her AgriHope programme, launched in July 2016, and inviting farmers who are interested to visit the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office at 197 … More An Enhancement, Two Actors in Hollywood, and a Cleaner Cay: Jamaica Weekly Review, Friday February 9, 2018