Blue Mountain Maroon community members graduate as tour guides for sustainable livelihoods in Jamaica

If you have not visited the Blue Mountains of Jamaica yet, you should know it’s a magical place in many ways. The mist floating across the broad green mountainsides; the tiny, bright gems of flowers and ferns by the roadside; the glowing sunsets over the foothills; fireflies blinking in the damp grass at night; the … More Blue Mountain Maroon community members graduate as tour guides for sustainable livelihoods in Jamaica

“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

JET acknowledges the declaration of the Cockpit Country Protected Area, but..

On March 17, during the Budget Debate in Parliament, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the Cockpit Country Protected Area has now been officially designated and gazetted. Is that the end of this long story, with its many twists and turns? Well, not quite. You can find the Environmental Impact Assessments on the National Environment … More JET acknowledges the declaration of the Cockpit Country Protected Area, but..

Cockpit Country, Jamaica: “This is an environmental and social justice issue”

There is much more to be said about the recent announcement on bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country, which I wrote about in a post earlier this week. Now environmental activist and Founder of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) Diana McCaulay (@dmccaulay) has shared her thoughts in a fairly long Twitter thread, which I am … More Cockpit Country, Jamaica: “This is an environmental and social justice issue”

Cockpit Country: Government decides to permit a reduced mining area, but concerns remain

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) announced yesterday (January 3, 2022) that a reduced area will be offered to the Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners II for mining close to the Cockpit Country under the highly controversial Special Mining Licence (SML) 173. Here’s the full text of NEPA CEO Peter Knight’s statement. This will exclude … More Cockpit Country: Government decides to permit a reduced mining area, but concerns remain

JCDT Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of the Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage Site

A small ceremony took place on Friday, July 3 at Holywell, in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I am not sure how many people realize what an achievement it was to have the site recognized for both its … More JCDT Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of the Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage Site

Earth Day 2019 in Jamaica: JET Refocuses on Cockpit Country in PSA

Earth Day (April 22) is fast approaching, and Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has produced two out of three parts of a special PSA to remind us that we need to remain vigilant to ensure that our precious Cockpit Country remains fully protected. Please watch and share these PSAs on YouTube and your social media. P.S. … More Earth Day 2019 in Jamaica: JET Refocuses on Cockpit Country in PSA

One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country

There is so much unfinished business related to the Cockpit Country, one year later. I seem to be using this cliché so often recently: “The devil is in the details.” But it’s true. It is not enough to make a declaration, pass it on to the relevant agencies and then those agencies simply drag their … More One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country

Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery

Cockpit Country is fragile. It remains under threat from bauxite mining, which is pressing around the edges of the declared Cockpit Country Protected Area. Just a month ago, I noted in my news summary: “I fear that, while the “ground-truthing” of Cockpit Country continues (the measuring, step by step, of the boundaries) there will be … More Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery

Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area

Earlier today, I was talking to a friend about outstanding concerns relating to the Cockpit Country boundaries. By the time I got home, coincidentally, the following press release from Jamaica Environment Trust had landed in my inbox. It’s very important to have this direct feedback from the communities affected, and this detailed response shows that … More Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area