On Elephants and Their Humans: Reflections from Sri Lanka


Sri Lankans love elephants. One could say that they are a cornerstone of Sri Lankan culture and religion. They are also significant for the country’s tourism industry, which is slowly getting back on its feet – eight years after the end of a lingering and bitter conflict that lasted more than twenty years. During a … More On Elephants and Their Humans: Reflections from Sri Lanka

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park Celebrates 25th Anniversary on International Mountain Day


December 11 was International Mountain Day. I would like to write more about the importance of mountains (every day I look up at them from our city), and this year’s theme is quite interesting. Meanwhile, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park – Jamaica’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site – will celebrate its 25th Anniversary … More Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park Celebrates 25th Anniversary on International Mountain Day

Jamaica’s Tourism Dilemma: A BBC interview with Minister Bartlett


Originally posted on Jamaican Journal:
The BBC did an interview with Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett this weekend. Minister Bartlett is defending the nation’s tourism industry, citing a retention rate of 42 per cent. He is denying that tourists are in danger. This is probably true, as most tourists leave Jamaica unscathed. However, I find the…

Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)


There is a lot going on at this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23) in Bonn. Since there is a major focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with the Pacific island of Fiji as this year’s host, it is understandable that Caribbean delegates are working especially hard.  An hour or so ago, the … More Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)

“Argument Dunn,” Goodbye to GSAT and King Evil’s Demise: Jamaica, November 5, 2017


It’s been a rainswept, slightly upside-down week or two, since I last wrote. Christmas seems a stone’s throw away, and in the short intervals between rain showers it has been rather pleasant. But oh, the dramas on our dramatic little island continue… Agriculture: I wish our Agriculture Minister wasn’t so full of bluster. Now he has … More “Argument Dunn,” Goodbye to GSAT and King Evil’s Demise: Jamaica, November 5, 2017

All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017


It’s a quiet, ordinary Monday in Jamaica – but is anything ever quiet and ordinary on this curious island? Well, here goes with the past week’s ups and downs. Agriculture: The first two ganja licenses were issued on October 18. The Ganja Growers and Producers Association is demanding transparency on the matter of a company hired by … More All Quiet on the Western Front, The Sad Garvey Bust and another Mystery MoU: Jamaica, October 23, 2017