JET Objects to Public Consultation Taking Place After Alcar Asphalt Plant Has Been Built


“Oh no! Not again!” I hear you cry. What do our government agencies not understand about this consultation/approval process? In this case, the plant was reportedly built and operating months BEFORE public consultations – scheduled now for next week. When are the relevant agencies going to get this in the right order?  When are they … More JET Objects to Public Consultation Taking Place After Alcar Asphalt Plant Has Been Built

Big Up Wi Beach: Competing Schools “Create Their Own Knowledge”


“The Beach” (a generic term) occupies a special place in the heart of every Jamaican. What does The Beach mean to us? For some it means socialising – with a group of friends or family. For others, it is “fish and festival” or the equivalent, and some drinks. For the children, it is play, play, … More Big Up Wi Beach: Competing Schools “Create Their Own Knowledge”

New Study Shows Air Quality Standards for Communities Near Mining/Quarrying Operations are Inadequate


I have been focusing quite a bit on the bauxite mining industry in recent posts, and will continue to do so. Now here is a release from the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) on a study undertaken in three communities (the first of its kind) in collaboration with the University of Technology (UTech). One question I … More New Study Shows Air Quality Standards for Communities Near Mining/Quarrying Operations are Inadequate

Protecting Wood and Water: Women in St. Thomas


Xaymaca is the Arawak (Taino) name for Jamaica. It means “Land of Wood and Water.”  The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) has a small and unpretentious office in Kingston. And it has an outstretched arm, too – eastwards, over the struggling community of Bull Bay and its dusty environs to the rich pastures, rivers and … More Protecting Wood and Water: Women in St. Thomas