The Caribbean Tree Planting Project forges a spiritual connection with Jamaica’s diaspora

It was a hot, dry Saturday morning in Kingston, and the polished pews gleamed at the New Testament Church of God on Eastwood Park Road. There was an air of calm. The Saharan dust blurred the sky. The traffic hustled on outside, but it was quiet inside. The people quietly moving around the edges of … More The Caribbean Tree Planting Project forges a spiritual connection with Jamaica’s diaspora

Growing backlash to deep sea mining is hurting companies in their pockets

A few weeks ago, I reported on the last meeting of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Kingston, and interviewed Greenpeace USA representatives, who attended, on the looming threat of deep sea mining. Despite the ISA being headquartered right here, the issue has sparked very little interest among our local media, who are preoccupied with … More Growing backlash to deep sea mining is hurting companies in their pockets

BirdsCaribbean, American Ornithological Society fly over to Puerto Rico for their 2022 Conference

The Caribbean (and American) birds are flying again… This time to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where BirdsCaribbean will be partnering with the American Ornithological Society for their 2022 Conference. So this time, it will be really big! Caribbean birds are under threat as never before, with climate change impacts ever-present and growing. This is not … More BirdsCaribbean, American Ornithological Society fly over to Puerto Rico for their 2022 Conference

World Oceans Day 2022: Collaboration, Collections and Cleanups

Tomorrow (or perhaps today for you) – Wednesday, June 8 is World Oceans Day. But, don’t we have One Ocean, just as there is just One Planet? There are two events I should tell you about. Firstly, the United Nations will have an online event starting at 10:00 am EDT (9:00 am Jamaican time), which … More World Oceans Day 2022: Collaboration, Collections and Cleanups

A small place in Grenada: Coral Cove and its turtles threatened by development

In the Caribbean, we are small. Although in Jamaica we tend to think of ourselves as a “larger” island, in the scheme of things only Cuba and Hispaniola can claim to be quite sizeable. And yet, as they say, “small is beautiful.” And one place that fits that description perfectly is Coral Cove in Grenada. … More A small place in Grenada: Coral Cove and its turtles threatened by development

Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions

I confess, I have been preoccupied by family matters and rather low key. This World Environment Day I found it hard to focus; the issues are crowding in. In particular, climate change weighs heavily. I looked up the hashtag on Twitter, finding more and more semi-hopeful messages, “we’re doing something” videos, and “let’s do something!” … More Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions

Labour Day in our neighbourhood: Trash, trucks – and teamwork!

I confess that I used to be rather cynical about Labour Day. It seemed like a bit of a PR stunt for political leaders, who pose from various angles while planting a tree, or painting a wall for five minutes. Well, on Monday, May 23 we still had some of that. Both Prime Minister Andrew … More Labour Day in our neighbourhood: Trash, trucks – and teamwork!

Palms, Ring-tailed Pigeons, the rushing river, and janga soup: Castleton Gardens on a Sunday morning

Happy (belated) Biodiversity Day! Or if you prefer the long-winded version, International Day for Biological Diversity. It’s interesting how one creature can capture your imagination – and make your day. In my case, that creature is most likely to be a bird. This happened a few weeks ago, as the BirdLife Jamaica “posse” set out … More Palms, Ring-tailed Pigeons, the rushing river, and janga soup: Castleton Gardens on a Sunday morning

Jamaica’s Diana McCaulay wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Caribbean, for the second time

Huge congratulations to Jamaican writer and environmentalist Diana McCaulay, who is the Caribbean winner for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize – her second win (she first won ten years ago). The regional winners were announced on May 23 (London time). Diana’s strong competitors were fellow Jamaican Sharma Taylor and 2019 winner Alexia Tolas from … More Jamaica’s Diana McCaulay wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Caribbean, for the second time