We Need to Get Serious: A Call to Action for A Pollution Free Ocean


The Ocean Conference at the UN in New York from June 5 – 9 included a Call to Action. Under the heading Our Ocean, Our Future it is really worthwhile reading the Annex at this link. This provides an overview of the incredible value to humankind of the ocean, which supplies nearly half of the oxygen we … More We Need to Get Serious: A Call to Action for A Pollution Free Ocean

International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas


Today (May 22) is International Day for Biological Diversity and the theme is, appropriately for this region, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. What does much of our region’s tourism depend on? The Caribbean Sea. It’s a special place. Biodiversity – that wide range of species, plant and animal life in the sea and on land that helps to … More International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas

Protect Your Coastlines and Seas from Pollution, Experts Urge Regional Governments


Living as we do on our respective islands and countries bordering the Caribbean Sea, we must realize by now the importance of protecting our vulnerable coastlines. We may not be always aware of our marine biodiversity, however – the incredible variety of species that live beneath the waves and are less visible;  but their fate is … More Protect Your Coastlines and Seas from Pollution, Experts Urge Regional Governments

Regional Pollution and Biodiversity Experts Help the UN Caribbean Environment Programme Develop its 2017-2018 Work Programme for Protecting the Caribbean Sea


I am now once again in “playing catch-up” mode, so forgive me. Several important meetings have been taking place recently related directly to environmental concerns in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and this is perhaps the most critical for our marine environment. Here is a press release regarding a series of meetings in Miami this week, … More Regional Pollution and Biodiversity Experts Help the UN Caribbean Environment Programme Develop its 2017-2018 Work Programme for Protecting the Caribbean Sea

The Wonderful Oceans That Surround Us: World Oceans Day


We must celebrate. We may feel sad for the plight of our oceans, but we must also celebrate what they have given us. A good day to start would be World Oceans Day – Wednesday, June 8. You can find all the information you need on this global “special day” here: http://www.worldoceansday.org I have written before … More The Wonderful Oceans That Surround Us: World Oceans Day

UNEP Caribbean continues to celebrate island beauty with “Biodiversity Through Your Eyes” Photo Competition


Kingston, 23 June: On Thursday, May 22, the International Day For Biological Diversity (IBD), the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) sub-programme at United Nations Environment Programme Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP CEP) launched a photo competition entitled “Biodiversity Through Your Eyes” emphasizing the importance of biodiversity to livelihoods in islands. The competition complements this year’s … More UNEP Caribbean continues to celebrate island beauty with “Biodiversity Through Your Eyes” Photo Competition