Sixteen days to put violence against women on the activist agenda in Jamaica

Today (November 26) is International Day Against Violence Against Women, which begins the Sixteen Days of Activism. As always, this issue will be high on the agenda among human rights activists across the island. Violence against women haunts us. In August, I wrote about the case of a young woman whose body has never been … More Sixteen days to put violence against women on the activist agenda in Jamaica

Gender-based violence and the young Jamaican woman

I wrote recently about the Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, based in Antigua. According to their CEO, the group “continues to work with partners, CSOs, state entities to critically address the linkages between gender-based violence (GBV) and SRHR with the aim of transforming the environment, including the engagement of men and … More Gender-based violence and the young Jamaican woman

Young Caribbean conservationists talk about wetlands and shorebirds (the good and the depressing)

It’s a mixed picture. BirdsCaribbean’s recent webinar on “Shorebirds of the Atlantic Flyway: How Recent Work to Conserve Wetlands is Contributing to Species and Habitat Resilience in the Caribbean and Beyond” took place on September 15, and can be found on their YouTube channel here. I can only describe it as heartening and disheartening, in … More Young Caribbean conservationists talk about wetlands and shorebirds (the good and the depressing)

Jamaica Economy Panel discusses vaccine hesitancy and the need for strong information campaigns

It has been disconcerting, frustrating and at times quite depressing to discuss vaccine hesitancy in Jamaica and elsewhere on social media. My heart sinks further when I read reports today about protests in St. Vincent (where the 75-year-old Prime Minister was injured during a demonstration, and is apparently not quite recovered) and in Barbados and … More Jamaica Economy Panel discusses vaccine hesitancy and the need for strong information campaigns

Two Young Caribbean Environmental Activists Win Regional Award

I seem to be regularly “bigging up” the region’s young environmental activists these days, and with good reason. Dozens of young Ambassadors were busy planting trees (many of them in “real time”) at the launch of the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance’s Caribbean Tree Planting Project youth arm on Sunday. More to follow on this! I also … More Two Young Caribbean Environmental Activists Win Regional Award

ICYMI in Jamaica: September 29, 2020 – The Law and Order Edition

Well, the past week has been – I would say, chaotic. We point fingers at the Americans and the British madly partying during the pandemic, but we have had some shameful incidents ourselves. What has gone wrong? COVID-19 protocols are being flouted uptown, downtown and in rural areas. Gang violence seems to be on the … More ICYMI in Jamaica: September 29, 2020 – The Law and Order Edition

Conservationists Excited to Find Surviving Barbuda Warblers on Devastated Island

The aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria is slow and painful. All over the Caribbean there are small, human struggles going on. While the situation on islands such as Puerto Rico remains deplorable and very worrying, there are small, bright lights of hope. One is from BirdsCaribbean, which today reported (with some joy) that the tiny, … More Conservationists Excited to Find Surviving Barbuda Warblers on Devastated Island

Environment Stories: Trash Free Waters, Manatees and the Oldest Tree in Europe: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Here are the week’s highlights, carefully selected by me! I hope you find them useful. Click on the underlined words and you will find the links to articles. Feedback is welcome! Jamaica and the Caribbean Trash Free Waters: The Trash Free Waters Initiative was launched on August 18 at the offices of the National Environment and … More Environment Stories: Trash Free Waters, Manatees and the Oldest Tree in Europe: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Managing our Solid Waste: Solutions to the Problem of Plastics and Styrofoam

Now is the time for action! We are all gradually (finally) becoming aware of a tidal wave of plastic and styrofoam that threatens to overwhelm the island – although some of us have been writing about it for years. We have been talking about it for years, too. Recycling efforts have come and gone with … More Managing our Solid Waste: Solutions to the Problem of Plastics and Styrofoam