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

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

Jamaican farmers’ groups meet to discuss new training opportunities

I have to say, I worry for Jamaican farmers. At the same time, I admire them greatly for their tenacity and willingness to achieve results, no matter what. The former Agriculture Minister Floyd Green started an “Agriculture in Bloom” programme to give women farmers extra support. I am not sure whether it is still going, … More Jamaican farmers’ groups meet to discuss new training opportunities

Meetings, speeches – and by the way, our fifth wave of COVID-19

Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie have been very busy recently in Geneva, Switzerland, where the 75th World Health Assembly took place, ending on May 28. They have been talking a great deal about non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which as we know are rampant on the island – … More Meetings, speeches – and by the way, our fifth wave of COVID-19

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!

Ormsby Hall, Kingston, Jamaica: the perfect place for a downtown arts centre. Sign the petition!

This is to some extent a follow up to an earlier post, in which I shared a photo from artist and sculptor Laura Facey’s current exhibition, “Laboratory of the Ticking Heart.” The exhibit is at Ormsby Hall on Victoria Avenue in downtown Kingston and is set to close on June 10. It is open from … More Ormsby Hall, Kingston, Jamaica: the perfect place for a downtown arts centre. Sign the petition!

“They’ve left us to eat stones now:” The latest Vice News film on the impacts of bauxite mining in Jamaica

Last month, the U.S.-based Vice News posted a second video on the community response to bauxite mining in Jamaica. The Jamaica Environment Trust is reminding us to watch it; the YouTube link is here. The 20-minute report is a follow-up to their 2021 feature, which you can find here. As of May 2, the video … More “They’ve left us to eat stones now:” The latest Vice News film on the impacts of bauxite mining in Jamaica

Stand Up for Jamaica writes about the power of reintegration

Being a human rights activist in Jamaica is not an easy life. There is a persistent narrative that these dedicated and decent human beings “defend criminals.” In fact, certain categories of Jamaicans are deemed hardly eligible to apply, or be considered for such a thing as human rights. It’s different if one’s own rights have … More Stand Up for Jamaica writes about the power of reintegration

Mixed COVID-19 signals? Omicron BA.2 variant is in Jamaica, and there are questions about timing

I had asked whether we are “over” COVID-19 in Jamaica, since as of April 15 all remaining restrictions related to the pandemic have lapsed – including travel restrictions and mandatory mask wearing indoors. Well, we are not quite over it, after all. I think we could have seen this one coming. Or did we know … More Mixed COVID-19 signals? Omicron BA.2 variant is in Jamaica, and there are questions about timing