Streets for Life: UN Global Road Safety Week kicks off with a plea for lower speeds

For People and Planet. The theme of the United Nations’ sixth Global Road Safety Week is #StreetsforLife. The week started today (May 17) and will continue until Sunday, May 23. The week also represents the launch of a new Decade of Action for Road Safety to achieve the Global Goals. Do watch the official launch … More Streets for Life: UN Global Road Safety Week kicks off with a plea for lower speeds

Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report 2020 was just launched globally at lunchtime today (December 15). It is headlined “The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene.” Unfortunately there were technical problems, so we were unable to watch a live stream. The UNDP notes: An experimental global index offers a new measurement … More Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP

Opinion: Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better For It

This article by @richardheinberg is republished from ensia.com. What do YOU think? Opinion: Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better For It The end of growth will come one day, perhaps very soon, whether we’re ready or not. If we plan for and manage it, we could well … More Opinion: Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better For It

From Public Opinion Online: Change Bigger Than Trump, by Indi McLymont Lafayette

Here is another article by a 51% Coalition member, Indi McLymont Lafayette. Indi is a consultant and a climate change/environmental advocate.  You can read the article here on the new Public Opinion online news website. On March 28 President Donald Trump passed an Executive Order rescinding several of his predecessor’s climate change policies and legislation. It … More From Public Opinion Online: Change Bigger Than Trump, by Indi McLymont Lafayette

“The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop

Do you know about Build Better Jamaica? Do you know about the Net Zero Energy Building Project? If not, why not?  On March 23 I attended an Energy Policy Workshop organised by this pioneering project of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute for Sustainable Development. The workshop was supported by the United Nations Environment … More “The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop

Why Jamaica Should Say NO to Coal: Lessons To Be Learned From Elsewhere

Jamaica, please say NO to coal. And please sign the Jamaica Environment Trust’s petition: https://www.change.org/p/government-of-jamaica-say-no-to-coal-ja-c5f91528-4c3c-42f5-83db-17c568975e83 When environmental professionals and advocates express their concerns, there is always a suggestion that one should not become “emotional” over  environmental issues. One should be coolly objective. Fine, but for my part I see nothing wrong with a little emotion, unless … More Why Jamaica Should Say NO to Coal: Lessons To Be Learned From Elsewhere

Environment Stories: BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Cuba, Parrotfish, Coastal Cleanup Day, More: Sunday, August 28, 2016

Here’s this week’s roundup of stories on the environment and climate change, with links you can click on! Enjoy… JAMAICA AND THE CARIBBEAN Join Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) and 96 other groups at 142 beach cleanup sites across Jamaica for International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 17. Here is the complete site list for the … More Environment Stories: BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Cuba, Parrotfish, Coastal Cleanup Day, More: Sunday, August 28, 2016

Negril Beach Discussions, Bird Shooting Season Opens, Desertification in Africa: Environment News: August 16, 2016

I have been a little under the weather, and so rather late in posting my weekly stories. However, much has been happening in Jamaica and further afield – including numerous stories about the harmful effects of coal power plants, largely in the United States, in the past week. Please click on the links (underlined words) … More Negril Beach Discussions, Bird Shooting Season Opens, Desertification in Africa: Environment News: August 16, 2016

Why Coal? Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals Urges Disclosure

I had a conversation on radio this morning, hosted by Marvia Lawes, together with Eleanor Jones, CEO of Environmental Solutions Limited – who made several of the points below spelled out in yesterday’s press release by the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals. We need much more information on this planned project and would urge the … More Why Coal? Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals Urges Disclosure