Jamaica Environment Trust has a new CEO

Congratulations to Dr. Theresa Rodriguez-Moodie, the new CEO for the 30-year-old Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). It is a challenging but very important role, as the environmental concerns on our island are seemingly boundless, but the possibilities and the opportunities are also there. I wish her the best of luck. Dr. Rodriguez-Moodie has just commented on … More Jamaica Environment Trust has a new CEO

Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Build Response to Climate and Disaster Risks

Disaster preparedness and risk management is so critical for our fragile island states, in these uncertain times of climate change. Yes, we have heard it all before, but it bears repeating. Many of our sister islands face specific challenges – including volcanic activity. St. Vincent and the Grenadines are an example. With a small population, … More Communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Build Response to Climate and Disaster Risks

Working on the Front Lines Against Climate Change: The Farmers of Peckham, Clarendon

While global leaders and technocrats talk and negotiate and plan and argue in conference rooms and at international meetings, back home and on the ground, work is quietly going on. The challenges are many, for those who live with climate change now on a daily basis. But solutions there are. At this point, nobody is … More Working on the Front Lines Against Climate Change: The Farmers of Peckham, Clarendon

Clarendon Farmers Fight Climate Change by Diversifying Their Crops

The parish of Clarendon is one of those that is perhaps especially affected by climate change issues – and seeking to do something about it. The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), for example, has provided a number of grants valued at millions of Jamaican Dollars to community-based agricultural projects in the parish. I will be … More Clarendon Farmers Fight Climate Change by Diversifying Their Crops

A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The past week has been…well, one of some uncertainty, rather like the weather (odd little showers, appearing and disappearing). Mixed signals, perhaps. There is a lot to think about, and to discuss. Caribbean: The Caribbean Export Development Agency and Caribbean Development Bank have joined forces to help provide easier access to finance for women-owned businesses – … More A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Canada Announces Major Funding for Reconstruction and Climate Resilience in the Caribbean Region

CARICOM is a 15 member body. It also has five associate states and eight observer states. Of the 15 states, two were significantly affected by the recent hurricanes (Antigua/Barbuda, and Dominica). Three Associate Members were impacted (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands). I assume that it is primarily the first-named countries … More Canada Announces Major Funding for Reconstruction and Climate Resilience in the Caribbean Region

What a (Lot of) Waste! Thoughts on the Recent Caribbean Waste Management Conference

Waste management isn’t one of those “sexy” topics, I know. Yet, it is becoming an increasingly important conversation across the region. It is simply something that we have to deal with. I had a conversation recently with Vincent Sweeney, who heads the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kingston; and … More What a (Lot of) Waste! Thoughts on the Recent Caribbean Waste Management Conference

The Caribbean Campaign on Climate Justice Kicks Off

“1.5 to stay alive.” What’s that? By the end of a recent journalists’ training workshop in Kingston, we were all muttering this slogan to ourselves as we left the Liguanea Club. The workshop, sponsored by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, the United Nations Development Program and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, was … More The Caribbean Campaign on Climate Justice Kicks Off