Beaches – and our access to them – are on the agenda again. We heard that Fort Clarence Beach in St. Catherine (a favorite chill spot of ours, back in the day) is to be “taken over” by a private company, who are leasing it from the government agency Urban Development Corporation (UDC), beginning September … More “Big Up Wi Beach” for International Coastal Cleanup Day
I made my way to the back of the ever-expanding University of Technology (UTech) campus recently. Many thanks to the student who set me on the right path – I was truly lost. There was a row of brand new lecture halls. I was heading for a public forum organized by the UTech branch of … More Green Thoughts: The Coming Plastics Ban
Last year I visited the Port Royal Marine Laboratory (PRML) and met some of the budding marine scientists, who were enjoying the Marine Maniacs summer camp. This summer I, unfortunately, didn’t make it to that special place where Kingston Harbour meets the Caribbean Sea. However, they shared their account of this year’s activities, as well as some great … More Of Sea Squirts and Shore Trekees: Port Royal Marine Maniacs Are in Their Sixth Year
I described the dilemma of our non-governmental organisations (with one or two exceptions) that are scraping along in an earlier post. Our environmental NGOs are no exception. JET is the most high-profile of these I believe, due to their strenuous advocacy on behalf of our environment in the past decade or two (the NGO celebrated its 25th … More Jamaica Environment Trust Needs Your Support!
JET has just released two reports on its impressive cleanup efforts last year. It’s no surprise that plastic dominated their findings. A TOTAL OF 315,517 plastic bottles collected! Here’s their press release. Do read the reports, and let it sink in. What are you doing today to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plastic – bottles in particular? … More Results of JET’s 2017 Cleanup Campaigns Underscore Jamaica’s Plastic Problem
Well, the “Jetters” and thousands of volunteers across the island are gearing up and getting ready for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 – this coming Saturday. There is a full list of all the cleanup sites on the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) website. Take a look and see where your nearest cleanup is taking place, … More JET Invites Nation’s Leaders to Participate in International Coastal Cleanup This Weekend
It was a warm August afternoon in Port Royal. As usual, the small town was moving in slow motion. (I always find it impossible to imagine Port Royal as “the wickedest city,” with buxom wenches, swashbuckling pirates and other clichés – 21st century Port Royal is considerably more laid back). Somehow we took a wrong … More An Afternoon with the Mariners of Port Royal
It’s that time of year again… and Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) wants to break last year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day record (eleventh largest in the world!) Are you ready for Saturday, September 16, 2017? Register yourself – or your team – today! PS Big ups to the Tourism Enhancement Fund for their continued support, and … More Registration for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 is Now Open!
“Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica!” MoBay style. The Jamaica Environment Trust took its anti-litter campaign westwards recently, with a renewed thrust on responsible solid waste management and disposal. Now, Montego Bay, sometimes called the “Tourism Mecca,” is a very dirty city. On recent trips there recently, I have been disturbed by the garbage-clogged gullies, the filthy state … More JET Launches “Nuh Dutty Up MoBay” and International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017
Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day. The theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy – in other words, the importance of educating ourselves on these complex and wide-ranging topics. Until recently, by the way, I didn’t know the day is also called International Mother Earth Day. The Earth Day Network (Earth Day is primarily a citizen-oriented effort) is … More #EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?